Alex Capasso Sets Sights on Rittenhouse


Over the summer chef Alex Capasso transformed his Blackbird Dining Establishment into Benny’s Burger Joint, a much more casual operation for Haddon Avenue in Collingswood. At the time he promised to bring the food from Blackbird to Philadelphia stating, “Collingswood has been great to me over the years”, says Capasso, ” but I think Blackbird would be best suited in a more urban setting”.

Now according to Michael Klein, Capasso has that urban setting. Capasso is taking over the former C19 at 267 S 19th Street. Look for the still unnamed restaurant to open in January.

C19 Shuts Down


A few weeks back, we heard a rumor that C19 in Rittenhouse Square was shutting down. So we did what we always do–made a couple calls, got one of the managers on the blower and asked him, point-blank, what was going on at the restaurant.

He told us that he had no idea what we were talking about, that there were no plans to shut the restaurant down and that we should really find better sources and be careful about what rumors we believe.

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A Springtime in Venice at C19

imagesWarm weather means all sorts of new menus and dining features all around Philadelphia.

C19 Cichetteria Venezia, Rittenhouse Square’s Venetian restaurant is introducing a new menu to correspond with the spring sunshine.

C19’s chefs Adam Brod and Andrea Luca Rossi looked back to their Venetian roots when it came to creating the new menu, opting to put fresh twists on classical dishes. The menu features fresh items provided by Grateful Acres Farm, Green Meadow Farms, Lancaster Coop, Z Farm and DiGiacomo Brothers. With C19’s seasonal menu, the pair of chefs strive to bring each vegetable, fruit, herb and meat that comes to the table is at its peak of flavor.

More on the new menu and sidewalk cooking demonstrations »