Paradiso Celebrates Ten Years

 

paradiso-dining-room-940Paradiso was one of the pioneers on East Passyunk that launched the stretch into the dining destination that it is today. And the Italian restaurant and wine bar is celebrating a decade in existence with ten events throughout the year.

It all starts tonight with Drinking Italy: Wines of Piedmont. Chef/Restaurateur and soon-to-be sommelier Lynn Rinaldi will be joined by Artisan Wine reps and will be pouring three wines from Piedmont. The three full pours will be complemented by three house-cured meats and artisan cheeses. The combination is just $20.10 and kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

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Cheu Celebrates Its First Year, Looks Ahead to Passyunk

cheu-noodle-mike-persico-400Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz are celebrating the first anniversary of Cheu Noodle Bar, their delightfully non-authentic Asian spot in Center City.

Nick Vadala has a profile on the pair, that includes some teases regarding what the pair have in mind for their next venture, at the former Zarape on East Passyunk.

One year on, Cheu Noodle Bar remains deliciously inauthentic—but mature [Philadelphia Daily News]
Cheu Noodle Bar [Foobooz]

Shiprock Frybread at the Garage

Shiprock-Garage-Lg copyMarcos Espinoza (Fidel Gastro and Side Project Jerky), Lucio Palazzo (Taqueria Feliz) and Hawk Krall (illustrator) are hosting another frybread and Navajo taco pop-up. Tonight they’ll be at the food cart in the Garage from 6 p.m. till the food runs out.

Frybread is a Southwestern specialty that is often found at state fairs and pow wows. The dough is fried to order and either drizzled with honey butter or piled high with toppings for a Navajo Taco.

The Shiprock Pop-Up dudes will be offering a chili bean taco, a vegetarian version, a goat birra, a frybread hot dog and a sweet frybread as well.

Shiprock Pop-Up [Twitter]
Garage [Foobooz]

PHOTOS: QOTA Fifth Anniversary Party on East Passyunk Avenue

QOTA — the monthly queer party on East Passyunk Avenue — turned five this weekend. The occasion was fittingly celebrated at Paradiso, where the first QOTA party kicked off in 2009. Here are some snaps of the event, from event spearhead Kory Aversa.



Looking for more events? Check out our Philadelphia Event Listings page for a rundown of local goings-on through May.

Where We’re Eating: Stateside

stateside-header-medI somehow managed to not eat at Stateside until this year—totally missing its (admittedly brief) reign as the restaurant this magazine once called the best in Philly. Unfortunately, those glory days under chef George Sabatino are long gone. He left a year ago this month, and Stateside is now just another dimly lit bar with a big whiskey list and slow service. If you go, the poussin with burnt-honey-glazed cornbread and the octopus with chickpeas and fennel are worthy dishes. But with Noord, Fond, Laurel and Will just down the street? Maybe wait for Sabatino to get his next restaurant, Aldine, up and running in Rittenhouse.

Stateside [Foobooz]

First appeared in the March, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Cheu Noodle Bar Crew Plans Asian Concept on Passyunk

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Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz have signed a lease for the current El Zarape at 12th, Passyunk and Morris Streets. Passyunk Post has the details on what will not be another Cheu Noodle Bar but a different Asian concept. No doubt inspired by Darragh and Puchowitz’s recent trip through Asia.

El Zarape will be open through March 14th, when it will move to 1304 S 9th Street.

Huge! Owners of Cheu Noodle Bar plan second restaurant in El Zarape space [Passyunk Post]

Rare Pasta Series At Le Virtu (Yeah, We Said ‘Rare Pasta’)

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‘Rare’ as in ‘uncommon’. As in ‘not-just-another-plate-of-spaghetti-and-goddamn-meatballs’. Rare as in frascarell (a kind of Abruzze cous cous) and culurgiones from Sardinia–stuff that, even in this pasta-mad city, isn’t seen often or at all.

Chef Joe Cicala is doing his weirdo pasta all through the spring, starting tonight with something that’s always been on his menu–the Maccheroni alla Mugnaia. Hand-made and with noodles stretching up to 60 feet long, it’s served with olive oil, grated pecorino, a basket of chiles and a pair of scissors. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t already heard about the stuff (or if my description of it just confused you), have no fear. There’s a video of Cicala learning how to make it at Ristorante La Bilancia in Loreto Aprutino, Abruzzo. Check it out after the jump.

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Tasso Ham Panini Is Back at Plenty

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House cured and smoked pork shoulder, smothered in Cayenne dry rub.

In early February we told you that Plenty was dropping its excellent Tasso Ham Panini. The news left us bitterly disappointed and we considered descending on the sandwich spot with pitchforks raised. Luckily that won’t be necessary as the tasso ham panini is back for at least a limited time. The official reasoning is that its for Mardi Gras but with the tease that it might be extended, we’re putting this one in the win column.

Plenty – Rittenhouse [Foobooz]
Plenty – East Passyunk [Foobooz]

South Philly Barbacoa Tonight at the Garage

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Tonight, South Philly Barbacoa is setting up at the Garage at 9th and Passyunk. Benjamin Miller and his wife Cristina Martinez will be cooking up Lamb Barbacoa, Pancita Tacos, Lamb Broth with Chickpeas and Rice and Nopales Tacos, which are vegetarian.

The cart should be ready to go by about 6 p.m., which conveniently is in the middle of Garage’s happy hour.

Garage [Foobooz]

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