Amis Brings Back Hits from The Astral Plane’s Menu for One Night Only

The kitchen at Amis | Photo by Rachel Wisniewski

Is there a Philly restaurant you loved that’s now long gone? Amis just might bring it back with their Legacy Series, a slate of one-night-only pop-ups featuring erstwhile stars of the city’s dining scene.

And they’re kicking off the series with an homage to The Astral Plane on October 10th.

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Vice’s Pizza Show Spotlights Philly, Doesn’t Embarrass Itself

Screenshot of Vice’s The Pizza Show

It’s news to exactly no one in Philadelphia that our city makes some great pizza. But it’s nice that Vice’s The Pizza Show decided to spread the word with a Philly-centric episode that dropped yesterday.

So which pizzerias did host Frank Pinello, the show’s host and owner of Best Pizza in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, see fit to spotlight on his Philly tour?

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Eat This Now: Amis’s Bucatini With Jalapeño and Almond Pesto

Bucatini with jalapeño and almond pesto – Amis/Official

Writing about a pasta dish can feel a little silly. It’s pasta. Pasta is pasta is pasta is pasta. It’s dough that gets formed into fun shapes, so as to distract ourselves from crippling existential dread. Like edible Play-Doh for grown ups.

And sure, there’s good pasta (homemade, delicate, tossed with good ingredients) and bad pasta (overcooked and sloppy), but when was the last time you had a bad plate of pasta in Philly? This city has some of the best Italian chefs in the country — it’s borderline impossible to go wrong. Hell, even our non-Italian restaurants do incredible pasta-work (ever have the ravioli at Le Chéri? Kensington Quarters’s smoked guinea hen fusilli?). Making good pasta in Philly isn’t really that impressive anymore. It’s requisite.

Call us spoiled.

So, how did Amis’s bucatini with jalapeño and almond pesto drive me to this? I’m waxing poetic about a pasta dish (in a city of a million great pasta dishes) made with three exceptionally ordinary ingredients — four if you include parmesan — even though I believe glorifying pasta, a dish traditionally enjoyed by both princes and peasants, is pointless.

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Katz’s Pastrami Pops Up at Amis in July

Katz’s Deli/Facebook

Craving some top-notch cured meats? You’re in luck: The pastrami from New York’s world-renowned Katz’s Delicatessen is spending a week on the menu at Amis starting on July 17th.

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Bar Amis Opens Today at the Navy Yard

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Earlier this month, the news broke that Lo Spiedo, Vetri Family’s outpost at the Navy Yard, would be no more, and a new concept would take its place.

Today, Bar Amis opens in the former Navy Yard gatehouse at 4503 South Broad Street under the leadership of Amis executive chef Brad Spence.

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Vetri’s Navy Yard Restaurant Gets a New Name and Concept

Lo Spiedo/Facebook

Lo Spiedo was always a solid enough concept for the Navy Yard. It was a back-to-the-basics approach by the Vetri Family culinary team, where a casual American menu centered itself around the kitchen’s custom-built spit and wood-fired grill. According to co-owner Jeff Benjamin, lunchtime was great for the restaurant — so was happy hour — which makes sense if you consider the 12,000-or-so employees working at the Navy Yard complex.

But when the Vetri higher-ups sat around the boardroom to brainstorm ways to grow its dinner crowd, Brad Spence (the chef-partner behind Amis) proposed a name/concept-change: Bar Amis.

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Amis Is Getting A Second Location

Sal's meatballs at Amis | Photo via Amis

Sal’s meatballs at Amis | Photo via Amis

So word went out this morning that Marc Vetri, Brad Spence and their Urban Outfitters partners were planning a second location for Amis–the successful, Roman-style Italian restaurant on 13th Street that was part of the package of restaurants that Vetri sold to Urban in 2015.

Unfortunately, it’s gonna be a little bit of a drive if you want to check it out because they’re opening it in Westport, Connecticut.

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