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.
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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.
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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.
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The similarities between the two chefs count little to none. Chef Chris Painter, a Pottsville, PA native, stands on eurocentric culinary grounds, masterfully crafting creative takes on modern Northern Italian cuisine at his namesake restaurant on Sansom Street. This, of course, being a relatively new venture after stepping away from his post as culinary director of Starr Restaurant Group.
Peter Serpico, on the other hand, was the culinary director for a different empire. He was the taste buds and visionary for the asian-inspired, edgy-yet-sophisticated menus spewing from David Chang’s Momofoku empire—an empire that has dotted the culinary map of New York, Sydney, and Toronto. So what do they have in common besides once being culinary directors for successful restaurant groups?
Chef Chris Painter has put together a six-course tasting menu option for his Sansom Street restaurant, Il Pittore. Although the regular menu is designed in a way that you can “create your own tasting menu”, the six-course option will feature seasonally inspired ingredients and dishes. The menu is $100 and the chef asks that all members of the table participate in the tasting.
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Trey Popp’s second review in this months Philadelphia magazine has praise for Chris Painter, who lays it on the line at Il Pittore.
Painter’s slow-cooked meats are all the silkiness you need. There are veal cheeks here with buttered beef marrow, blood-orange marmalade melting into them in a dance of citric tang and sweetness—the best I’ve ever had. So, too, the four-day suckling pig: cured, basted, boned, pressed flat under weights, and finally coaxed to a crisp-skinned perfection. No two ways about it: The guy has a way with baby mammals.
Three Stars – Excellent
Il Pittore – The Hard Sell [Philadelphia magazine]
Il Pittore [Official Site]
Chris Painter finally has a stage to call his own and Craig LaBan likes what he sees at Il Pittore.
The octopus was both tender and delicately crisped over arugula puree and the zesty pickle of baby peppers. The meaty orata fillet with minced olives and fregola sarda was like tasting the Mediterranean. The rosemary-scented lamb shank came over mashed potatoes tweaked with subtle hazelnut warmth. But the other braised meats were the real showstoppers: amazingly tender veal cheeks over earthy buckwheat polenta topped with marrow butter and blood-orange marmalade; and a slow-cooked suckling pig and Tuscan kale and pear mostarda, the meat practically melting beneath its cracker-crisp skin and eliciting an actual “wow.”
Three Bells – Excellent
Il Pittore [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Il Pittore [Official Site]