Palladino’s To Open Thursday on East Passyunk

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Whole Roasted Fish (in “crazy water”)

Chef Luke Palladino has made a name for himself at the Jersey shore and he is now opening on Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia. The former Columbo’s at 1934 E Passyunk Avenue has been transformed from a sandwich joint to Palladino’s, an upscale Italian restaurant with bar, open kitchen and 80-seats inside. The location, visible from Broad Street also makes the restaurant a gateway to East Passyunk. An opportunity, Palladino’s has taken advantage of with its striking striped exterior and large vertical sign. The opening is set for Thursday, December 18th and reservations are now available.

Inside, Palladino’s has a large bar with windows that will swing open to the avenue in nice weather, an open kitchen (also visible from the street) and a dining room with padded walls, banquettes and dark wood. A collection of striking Fornasetti plates hangs vertically at the entrance to the dining area.

The kitchen features a wood-fired grill as well as an Italian oven that will be used exclusively to bake focaccia. The extensive menu will consist of seasonal Italian cuisine, wood-fired steaks, chops, seafood and handcrafted pasta.

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Morning Headlines: Saffron On Scannapieco’s Bok School Plans

The new project's homepage invokes the building's educational roots with a photo by Katrina Ohstrom.

The new project’s homepage invokes the building’s educational roots with a photo by Katrina Ohstrom.

Lindsey Scannapieco’s South Philadelphia project–the renovation and eventual conversion of the former Bok School into a thriving creative maker space for local entrepreneurs (more details here)–has residents rooting for the young developer in spite of project’s scale. And for good reason, according to Inga Saffron who weighed in on Scannapieco’s plans last week.

For one thing, Saffron notes, Scannapieco is coming at the shuttered school with a “fresh eye and offbeat sensibility.” Indeed, the London School of Economics graduate was “running Scout Ltd.,” the company behind “Fridge Mountain” and other public art installations, last year. This background might be why Scannapieco envisions a lively outdoor community in addition to the interior creative hub: Read more »

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East Passyunk Ave. Construction Update

passyunk-constructionA trip to East Passyunk Avenue is always an occasion for good food and drink, but there’s also likely the sound of saws hammers and other construction noises as the Avenue continues to add new spots.

While we’re all patiently awaiting the completion of Bing Bing Dim Sum (early 2015), they’ve recently posted some construction photos:

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Paradiso Celebrates 10 Years with All-Star Chef Dinner

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East Passyunk Avenue’s Paradiso Restaurant and Wine Bar is turning ten and they’re going all out. To celebrate, the restaurant will be hosting a 10-course dinner with the top chefs of East Passyunk working alongside Paradiso’s Lynn Rinaldi.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on December 1st and is priced at $125 per person – a really crazy deal when you realize that Lynn Rinaldi, Will BYOB‘s Chris Kearse, Laurel‘s Nicholas Elmi, Palladino‘s Luke Palladino, Tre Scalini‘s Franca DiRenzi, Noord’s Joncarl Lachman, Townsend‘s Townsend Wentz, Fond’s Lee Styer, Izumi‘s Corey Baver, and Belle Cakery‘s Jesse Prawlucki-Styer will all be cooking for you in one place, on one awesome night.

Oh, and we have the full menu, too

Le Virtu’s 40-Course Dinner Is Upon Us

Joe Cicala at La Panarda | Photo by Alex Tewfik

Joe Cicala at La Panarda | Photo by Alex Tewfik

Le Virtu’s 2014 La Panarda is finally upon us. The feast will be a momentous 40-course tasting menu inspired by Italy’s Abruzzo region, paired with nine regional wines from Chieti Province’s Cantina Frentana and The Artisan’s Cellar.

Beginning at 12 p.m. on December 14th, guests of La Panarda will enjoy hours of dishes prepared by chef Joe Cicala and a communal atmosphere. Last year’s Panarda proved to be an awesome success, attracting attention from the Washington Post and Italy as well.

The cost of the meal is $275 per person, and requires a deposit by Monday, November 24th to secure a spot. To make a reservation for the feast, call Le Virtu at 215-271-5626.

The 2014 Panarda menu will be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out our post about the epic 2013 Panarda here.

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Bells Ring for Will BYOB

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Craig LaBan has been promoting and demoting restaurants almost weekly in his online chats and Thursday food columns. Today, the Inquirer critic sings the praise of Will BYOB. He promotes Chris Kearse’s BYOB to three bells, stating:

[E]very intricate touch amplified the central themes, rather than distracting. Foie gras mousse enriched a bar of rabbit rillettes accented by wine-poached figs. Citrus-caramelized Belgian endive and licorice called out Sichuan spice on the duck. An entire hen of the woods, meanwhile, was cooked to two striking textures – buttery-crisp across a pan-roasted face of flattened fronds scented with sumac and rose hips, lusciously fleshy and moist at its heart, beneath which a Madeira caramel and smoked ricotta smear amplified its earthy savor.

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