C19 Shuts Down

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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 »

More Attention Needed at Cichetteria 19

It is a mixed bag at Cichetteria 19 where the wine shines and the food is hit or miss.

The problem here seems to be one of details, of the overarching, big-picture appeal of the menu getting lost in too many small-bore shortcomings that chip away at the overall experience.

Cichetteria 19 [Philadelphia Weekly]
Cichetteria 19 [Official Site]

Quick Bites

The Insider provides a look inside Alex Plotkin’s Chops. The form of the former Oceanaire is still there but there are new touches like artwork and new hardwood floor. [The Insider]

Hawthornes beer boutique and eatery will be adding a new dinner menu starting February 1st.

Meal Ticket has a bit more on The Bottle Shop, a new craft beer store hoping for an April opening on East Passyunk. [Meal Ticket]

Philadelphia Chutney Company is planning locations on Temple’s campus and at 1628 Sansom Street, the former home of Remedy Tea Bar. [The Insider]

It’s still open as Di Vino, but on February 4th the Rittenhouse wine bar will officially open as Cichetteria 19. [Meal Ticket]

Black Angus, which we told you about in December inches closer to completion. It’s an Old West themed steakhouse for the 100 block of South Street. [The Insider]

Jim’s Soft Pretzels opened over the weekend at 4th ans South. [Meal Ticket]

10 Arts at the Ritz Carlton gets four-diamonds from AAA. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Dave Magrogan of Kildare’s fame is opening Mas Mexicali Cantina at the former Coyote Crossing in West Chester. [WC Dish]

Doc Watson’s last night will be Wednesday, February 4th. New owners will refurb the space and turn it into Sherlock’s Tavern. [The Insider]

Fellini Cafe in Paoli has closed for good. [Main Line Restaurant Guide]