A table spread at Marie Turney and Valerie Safran’s enchanting Little Nonna’s, which gets our prize for Best New Gayborhood Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Jason Varney.
GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Amis
You don’t have to spend the mortgage at Marc Vetri’s eponymous townhouse to get that delicious Vetri Italian cooking. This exposed-brick, slightly industrial-feeling space has food that will simply knock your socks off, including our fave, the addictive tonnarelli. Sit at the counter, sip some very good wine, and watch the masters do their thing. 412 S. 13th St., 215-732-2647, amisphilly.com.
NEW GAYBORHOOD RESTAURANT: Little Nonna’s
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest is a step back in time to the cozy kitchen of some little Italian granny—one who wants to put some meat on those bones. Loosen your belt and dive head first into the homemade meatballs sopped in “Sunday gravy” and a plate of the fluffiest gnocchi this side of Trastevere. 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100, littlenonnas.com.
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It’s Fall and apples are springing up on menus all around town. Here are six apple dishes or drinks that we’re coveting.
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Today, Global Philly 2013 kicked off with a special event at Zama. Hiroyuki ‘Zama’ Tanaka and Kevin Sbraga were on hand to unleash the “Sbraga Roll.” The sushi roll is the latest collaboration from Tanaka who has conspired with many of Philadelphia’s best chefs and top celebrities to create a series of unusual rolls. Chef Sbraga suggested some of his favorite ingredients for the roll that will be served at Zama over the course of Global Philly 2013, from September 15 to November 1. The Sbraga Roll is a sushi roll with dill, jalapeno, avocado and crispy shallot topped with a Panko-crusted bite of dorado.
Global Philly is an international exposition, presented by the Global Philadelphia Association. Sbraga, who is leading the culinary part of the initiative, has rounded up some of his chef contemporaries to participate in the month-and-a-half long event to offer “Global Philadelphia” appetizer specials.
Starting at $12, the appetizers will be found at Sbraga’s eponymous modern American restaurant as well as at restaurants like Tashan, Bistro La Minette and Zinc , La Calaca Feliz, Zama and Han Dynasty.
- Sbraga will feature a steak tartar with French onion dip and a pea tendril salad.
- Tim Spinner (La Calaca Feliz) will spotlight the Al Pastor Pork Taco.
- Bistro La Minette’s Peter Woolsey created a salmon tartare with lentils and a blood orange vinaigrette.
- Han Chiang of Han Dynasty will offer a lamb dumpling with garlic sauce vinegar sauce.
- And of course Zama will feature the Sbraga roll.
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Peter Woolsey opened Bistrot La Minette five years ago yesterday. And come September, Woolsey will be celebrating that fifth anniversary on
September 11th and 12th September 18th and 19th with a special blowout five-course dinner.
But before that, Woolsey wants to celebrate his sous chefs who he calls “the best I have ever had.” This Wednesday and Thursday (August 28th and 29th), Nich Bazik and Paul Carrier will be pulling out all the stops for their special four-course, $35 tasting dinner.
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This week marks the end of movies in Bistrot La Minette’s courtyard and to the courtyard itself. Peter Woolsey has leased the courtyard from the antique market next door. But the market is closing and the building being redeveloped. So Bistrot La Minette will shortly lose access to the courtyard. This week the French bistro will be showing Micmacs tonight, Thursday and Friday. Tonight and Thursday, movies begin at 8:30, 9:30 on Friday. So make a reservation now.
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Bistrot La Minette’s Peter Woolsey checks in with us and drops the 411 on what he has planned for Bastille Day this Sunday. The Queen Village bistro(t) is serving a four-course menu starting at 11:30 a.m. straight through to 9:30 p.m. for $40.
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Peter Woolsey is a busy and popular man, and I’ll tell you why.
Today and tomorrow at Bistrot La Minette, chef Woolsey and Jeremy Nolen from Brauhaus Schmitz have teamed up to create a four-course Alsace dinner for $35 ($55 with wine pairings). If you’re unsure of what Alsatian food is, just know that Alsace is one of the smallest regions in France and shares a border with Germany–so what you’re assuming is probably right: A master of French cuisine teaming up with a master of modern German cuisine to make some kind of weird, Franco-German culinary Voltron. It sounds near perfect.
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Remember back in December when Peter Woolsey was looking to give away some of his old kitchen equipment? Well it’s been claimed. The Avenue Delicatessen is picking up the equipment this morning. Laura Frangiosa, who used to work for Woolsey is excited to be putting the equipment to use in her new Lansdowne Jewish/Italian delicatessen. As you might imagine, Frangiosa can’t say enough good things about the Bistrot La Minette owner and chef.
As for Avenue Delicatessen’s Kickstarter campaign for a sign, they hit that goal late Friday.
Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette is getting some new kitchen equipment and wants to make sure that his old equipment finds a better home than the scrapyard.
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Happy 4th birthday to Bistrot La Minette! To celebrate La Minette’s anniversary, chef Peter Woolsey will be serving a special four-course menu tonight through September 6th. The dinner will be $30 with an optional wine pairing for $15 extra. Drink specials for $4 will also be available, and the regular Bistrot La Minette menu will not be available on these nights.
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