For all of Philadelphia’s culinary diversity — and from Bustleton Avenue’s new Moldovan spot to Indonesian fare in Point Breeze, we at Foobooz are big believers — this is still a city where Italian restaurants rule. Read more »
Tonight, the Center City Residents Association (CCRA) is holding a community meeting at 10th Presbyterian Church (17th and Delancey Street) at 7 p.m. On the agenda is the future development at the site of Little Pete’s. Clemens Construction will be presenting its plans for a Hudson Hotel at 17th and Chancellor. The property will need a zoning change to see the 300-room hotel built.
The proposed destruction of Little Pete’s has hit a nerve with Philadelphia residents, as well as some at least one famous comedian. Recently Joel Mathis caught up with “Little Pete” himself, Peter Koutroubas.
The 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]
Be 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]
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
Center City District’s Restaurant Week has commenced, meaning two weeks of crowded restaurants, limited menus and grumpy waitstaff. Looking to avoid the chaos? Matyson is featuring a lobster tasting menu this week through Thursday, January 22.
This five-course meal is $55 per person.
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.
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.
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.
Gran 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.