Chef Shuffle: New Chefs for Tap Room on 19th, XIX and Twisted Tail

Lucifer Burger and Japanese Fried Chicken sandwiches at Tap Room on 19th

Lucifer Burger and Japanese Fried Chicken sandwiches at Tap Room on 19th

Three chefs are shaking things up this summer and rolling out new menus at their new spots.

Chris Ritter, who has most recently been at Westmont’s Keg and Kitchen after stints at Grubhouse and Brauhaus Schmitz is back in South Philly manning the burners at Tap Room on 19th. Ritter has already made changes to the menu including the pictured Japanese Fried Chicken sandwich and Lucifer burger with 1732 Meats garlic bacon and Lucifer spice pickles.

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Field Guide: Best Meatballs in Philadelphia

Sal's meatballs at Amis | Photo via Amis

Sal’s meatballs at Amis | Photo via Amis

Sure, we argue a lot over who has the best cheesesteak, the best pizza or the best cheeseburger in Philly. One argument we’re not having nearly enough? Who has the best meatballs. Because seriously, once we started looking into it, we realized what a ball-shaped bounty exists in this city.

Here, then, are the best of the best. Philadelphia’s best meatballs, in several different categories. Dig in.

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Aldine and Saint Benjamin’s Will be at Amis

Saint Benjamin's and Aldine at Amis.

Saint Benjamin’s and Aldine at Amis.

Aldine and Saint Benjamin’s Brewing are teaming up for 2016’s first Industry Night at Amis. Tonight, Monday, January 4th, Aldine’s George Sabatino will be serving up tasty bites while Saint Benjamin’s pours discounted beers.

The event kicks off at 10 p.m., bring proof of hospitality employment as admission.

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Caviar Now Delivering Vetri Family Restaurants

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Vetri Family restaurants including Amis are now on Caviar.

Caviar, the restaurant delivery service that has been going gangbusters in Philadelphia announced today that they are now delivering food from Vetri Family restaurants including both Pizzeria Vetri locations, Amis, OsteriaLo Spiedo and Alla Spina. You can now get Amis’ pork chop parmesan or Alla Spina’s North Philly sausage cheesesteak when the furthest you can imagine traveling is to your front door.

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And A Few More Italian Themed Fourth of July Meals In Case You Still Need Plans

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Dinner at Amis this Saturday.

There’s a lot of food stuff for this holiday. Free lobster tacos? Check. Shake Shack cornucopia of goodness? On the list. Lobster bake? You betcha. Free water ice? No kidding.

So, if somehow none of that has yet made it onto your festivity plan, here are two more ideas to eat deliciousness in celebration of independence, summer, and good food.

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Han Chiang Decapitates A Pig For Munchies

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Munchies has another “Chef’s Night Out” videos, and this time they’re hanging out with Han Chiang, some of his crew from Han Dynasty, and a bunch of other Philly notables. It takes all of 49 seconds before the director shows the Rocky statue for the first time, but after that, things settle down into a kind of pinwheel of debauchery in which Han and his crew drink, talk Szechuan food, drink, talk shit, do shots, talk with Ben and Christina Miller from Barbacoa, eat some testicles, do more shots, eat a lamb eyeball taco, go to Amis, decapitate a pig, drink more, go to Prime Stache for wings (and more drinks), then head back to Han Dynasty for Szechuan hot pot and a philosophical walk-off where Han talks about playing Clash Of Clans and wonders where all the strippers are.

Really, it’s the kind of thing you have to see for yourself.

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Amis Hosts Whole Lamb Dinner

Amis has always been a solid  restaurant—more casual than Vetri, but with a staff that was just as precise and an Italian menu that felt at once less  traditional and more restrained. But what truly elevates the experience here are all the things Amis does that Vetri doesn’t, from simple, comforting tastes like a piece of perfect buffalo mozzarella with black pepper to complicated, epic departures like the Beast of Amis menu—an ever-changing menagerie of whole animals utilized in the nose-to-tail style, always offering something surprising and new.   412 South 13th Street, Midtown Village, 215-732-2647. Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Lamb is definitely having a bit of a moment here in Philly. There’s the Lamb Shack dinners at Zahav, the lamb menu at Mica last week, and lamb popping up on dinner menus all over town. But here’s a little bit more lamb for those of you who still haven’t had enough.

On Wednesday, February 18, chefs Brad Spence and Ned Maddock of Amis and Katie Parla of the food blog Parla Food will be hosting a whole lamb dinner at Amis Trattoria. While the chefs are cooking, Parla will talk about her time in Rome and discuss the traditional lamb-based fare of the culture.

The event begins at 6:30 pm and will cost $65 per person. Customers can also opt for a beverage pairing for an additional $30. Call 215-732-2647 for reservations. And check out the menu below.

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Pistola’s at Amis Tonight

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For Amis’ monthly industry night, Sancho and Jose Pistola’s will be the special guest restaurant. Chef Adan Trinidad will be bringing Cochinita Pibil Tacos and Mahi Mahi Ceviche to munch on. There will also be traditional and pomegranate margaritas as well as sangria pouring at reduced prices.

Shawnee Craft brewing company will also be on hand and pouring their Apiarius and Farmhouse Saison Cuvee. Free bottle pours of all three of Shawnee sours, Frambozenbier (barrel aged sour raspberry), Biere de Garde (barrel aged sour pumpkin saison) and Kriek (barrel aged sour cherry beer) will also be available.

As always, Amis industry night includes proof of hospitality employment, free food, cheap drinks and lots of fun.

Industry Night at Amis with Adan Trinidad [Facebook]

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