Philly Cooks Tasting Tours Are Now on Sale

PhillyCooksLogo_2014The first two Philly Cooks Tasting Tours are now on sale. Get unprecedented access to top restaurants in Old City and Center City. Each neighborhood-focused tour takes you behind the scenes at three different restaurants.

The Old City and Center City Tasting Tours take place on Tuesday, Februray 17th. The Old City Tour visits Capogiro’s new pizzeria Capofitto for a pizza primer, then heads to Eli Kulp’s High Street on Market for breads, pasta and meats before finally landing at Peter Woolsey’s La Peg for a history lesson and French pastries.

The Center City tour kicks off in the private kitchen at Kevin Sbraga’s latest restaurant, Juniper Commons for an assortment of appetizers and gin and tonics, then heads to Sbraga for a pasta and wine tasting before ending upstairs at Pub & Kitchen for large cuts of meat and make-your-own sandwiches.

For more details, check out the Philly Cooks Tasting Tours page. And don’t hesitate, tickets are extremely limited.

Philly Cooks Tasting Tours [Philadelphia Magazine]

Run or Walk for Chowder

lobster-costume-oyster-house-400Be Well Philly is taking the angle that Oyster House is hosting a 5K led by a giant lobster tomorrow. And while true, we here at Foobooz are much more excited about the $5 bowls of Oyster House chowder that will be served on the sidewalk in front of the Sansom Street restaurant, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Of course if you do want to run with a giant lobster up the Art Museum stairs and get your chowder and Narragansett Lager for free, check out Be Well for details.

Oyster House [Foobooz]

Three Bells for V Street

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The newest seats at V Street.

Craig LaBan visited V Street this weekend, three months after Vedge chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby opened their Rittenhouse spot.

Vedge fans can get a more casual, globe-trotting taste of Rich Landau’s culinary magic at this affordable Rittenhouse Square ode to international street foods, which just happens to also be vegan. From Hungarian fritters to Latin-inspired carrot “asado,” borders melt away on these small plates, thanks to Landau’s inventive vision and uniquely wide-ranging command of bold ethnic flavors. The long and minimalist three-room space is an intimate and cozy haven to graze, watch chefs work the grill at the back kitchen counter, or sip an excellent cocktail at the airy front bar while 19th Street strolls by.

Three Bells – Excellent

V Street [Philadelphia Inquirer]
V Street [Foobooz]

Restaurant Review: Aldine

Photos by Courtney Apple

Photos by Courtney Apple

Everyone knows that opening a restaurant is the surest path to an empty checking account, but George and Jennifer Sabatino know better. For truly shredding your bankroll, nothing beats not opening a restaurant — as the couple spent an agonizing year doing before the first customers finally came to Aldine in October.

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Aldine Launches Tasting Menu

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Two of the Sabatino’s dogs | Emily Teel

In the run-up to George Sabatino’s Aldine, the chef promised a tasting-menu dining option. But when the restaurant opened a couple of months back it was a la carte only. Now, Sabatino has rolled out his first tasting menu. The five-course dinner is $55 per person and a drink pairing is available for $30.

Aldine has also rolled out something else, bread! Sabatino posted to Instagram his sourdough Parker rolls with coffee salt.

The tasting menu »

Jose Pistola’s Gets a New Sign

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On December 30th, Jose Pistola’s got a new sign. The neon sign was delivered, installed and illuminated in just a few hours. Now when you’re looking for Pistola’s, you won’t have to say it is just across from Howl at the Moon or just down from Applebees.

The sign is designed to resemble the Lorelei Lounge sign that hung on the building in the 1960s.

Some sign puns and a look at the Lorelei Lounge sign »

Gran Caffe L’Aquila Is Indeed Grand

gelato-gran-caffe-laquilla-940Gran Caffe L’Aquila opened a week ago at 1716 Chestnut Street. The bi-level space is open from morning to night, offering Italian coffee, pastries, gelato, panini, wine and more. The restaurant shares more than just the name with the Abruzzo Gran Caffe L’Aquila. Local restaurateur Riccardo Longo has brought in World Cup of Gelato winner Stefano Biasini and Michele Morelli in on the project. They ran the Gran Caffe in L’Aquila, Italy, that was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 2009.

Upon entering the downstairs space you’re greeted with a gelato counter with 24 flavors. Beyond that is a coffee and pastries bar, followed by a panini case. Next to those options are the drinks and the cashier. In the back is an Italian-style (no seats) bar for enjoying wine and a bite. The opposite wall offers seating in two-and-four-tops.

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Aldine Offering Three NYE Options

Photo by Emily Teel

Photo by Emily Teel

George Sabatino’s Aldine is offering three tasting menus on New Year’s Eve. The first seating at 5:30 p.m. is three-courses and $55 per person. The second seating is at 7:30 p.m. and features a special four-course tasting menu for $75 per person. The final seating is at 9:30 p.m. and includes the $100 per person dinner will feature five-courses of primo ingredients like uni, foie gras and lobster.  A Champagne toast will also happen at midnight.

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One Liberty Place Getting Observation Deck and Restaurant

Liberty PLACE-JEFF-FUSCO-400One Liberty Place is getting an observation deck and that’s just part of the story. In a big presser yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that Montparnasse 56 Group (M 56) would operate the observation deck on the 57th floor of Philadelphia’s second tallest building (until Comcast’s Innovation and Technology Center opens in 2017). What wasn’t widely reported but was picked up by HughE Dillon, is that in addition to the cafe at the observation deck level, a restaurant will go in on the 58th floor.

The restaurant will open after the observation deck debuts in the summer of 2015 but it will eclipse Two Liberty Place’s R2L as the highest restaurant in the city. At least until the Four Season’s restaurant debuts in the new Comcast tower.

No details on what kind of restaurant it would be and who would run it.

Details of the New Observation Tower at Liberty One – Press Conference with the Principles, views, cafe news and more [Philly Chit Chat]

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