It was a surprise to many when Chris Painter closed his semi-eponymous restaurant off of Rittenhouse Square. Luckily for fans of his cooking, he won’t be out of the kitchen for long. Painter has signed on as a partner with Method Hospitality, an offshoot of the ROOST Apartment Hotel brand that’s been founded by Randall Cook and real estate developer, David Grasso. ROOST hotels feature apartment like settings for extended stay guests. Catering to contract workers, the recently separated and others who may find themselves looking for a modern, attractive and fully furnished apartment. Where Painter comes in is in creating comfortable food concepts that fit with ROOST’s brand. Cook wants the first floor retail spaces of his hotels, including the just opened ROOST at 1831 Chestnut Street, to be enhance the hotel experience.
While we were on our year-end break the hospitality industry saw several closures and changes.
The biggest news is that Il Pittore will close after service on Saturday, January 9th. The restaurant has been a partnership between Stephen Starr and Starr’s former culinary director, Chris Painter. The restaurant has received critical acclaim since its 2011 opening and was recently included in Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016. According to Alex Tewfik of Eater, Painter is planning to leave the Starr universe and to go it alone. As for the Il Pittore space, which was formerly Noble, Eater says plans are already in motion to reconceptualize the space.
On Saturday May 9th, il Pittore and Malvira Wines will join forces to host an Almost Midnight Madness dinner at the restaurant. The dinner will include four courses prepared by chef Chris Painter paired with wines produced by Winemaker and Owner, Roberto Damonte, who will be on hand.
What makes this wine dinner a little different is that reservations begin at 11 pm and il Pittore will seating until midnight. Space is limited and guests should call to reserve their seats: 215.391.4900.
The cost of the dinner is $110 per person (not including tax/gratuity).
Fish, fish and more fish! But we’re certainly not complaining.
Especially not after drooling over the pictures of Il Pittore chef Chris Painter’s addition to our summer recipe roundup. Down the shore, you’re likely to get the freshest seafood straight off the boat. So why not take advantage of it? Painter’s Flukin’ Foil sounds like something to try after a long day of fishing, or even just sunning on the beach. Extra kudos to those who use their own catch, but Jersey has some pretty good fish markets in case you weren’t so lucky with your line.
Starting this week until the end of the summer, Il Pittore will introduce a new menu dedicated to the hot season and all of its offerings. Chef Chris Painter, who was just awarded Best Chef by Philly Mag’s Reader Poll, is taking advantage of the summertime produce in his Pennsylvania and New Jersey Farmers’ Menu. Using products from Green Meadow Farms in Lancaster and other local PA and NJ farmers, Painter will create a 4-course tasting menu.
Guests will start with a Chilled Cucumber Soup, followed by Pennsylvania Pride Beef Ravioli (see picture), Striped Bass, and, to finish it all off, Peach Upside-Down Cake.
Guests are encouraged to make early reservations because each night, there are only 20 available dinners. The menu is priced at $45.
Il Pittore [Foobooz]
On Sunday, March 9th, Il Pittore will be presenting a special five-course wine dinner with exclusive pairings from c. Pira & Figli Winery. Chef Chris Painter has created a special menu for the dinner, with each course tailored to pair each wine served. Winemaker Chiara Boschis will be on hand to walk guests through each selection.
Hey, check it out! Some asshole New York writer made the long trek to the wilds of Philadelphia to check out the Peter Serpico/Chris Painter collaboration dinner at Il Pittore and get an interview with Serpico–in which he behaved like an asshole New Yorker.
If you can get past all the references to us being a bunch of dimwitted, white bread, big-box-restaurant-loving yokels with our mouths stuffed full of Buddakan potstickers, there’s actually some interesting stuff in there about what Serpico has planned for the new restaurant.
Serpico’s Second Act [Bon Appetit]
We dispatched photographer Kate Van Vleck to Il Pittore on Tuesday night to snap some shots of the Peter Serpico, Chris Painter collaboration dinner at Il Pittore. For those of you who don’t recall the hysteria that attended the announcement in September that Stephen Starr had apparently sold another piece of his soul to the devil in order to woo David Chang’s right-hand-man, Peter Serpico, away from his position in the Momofuku empire, let me assure you that it was a very big deal. Funny thing is, September was a long time ago, and since the announcement Serpico hasn’t really done…anything. Or at least nothing that really had his name attached to it.
This Painter/Serpico mashup at Il Pittore was really Serpico’s first public appearance in Philly. His coming out party, as it were. And from the looks of things, it went pretty well.