Katz’s Pastrami Pops Up at Amis in July

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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

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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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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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