Three Bells for Palladino’s

The Kobe Ribeye at Palladino's | Photo via Palladino's

The Kobe Ribeye at Palladino’s | Photo via Palladino’s

Craig LaBan finds that Luke Palladino has managed to find an unfilled niche in Italian-loaded South Philadelphia. At Palladino’s, there are excellent steaks, focaccia di Recco that LaBan predicts will become one of the most sought after plates in the city, and other dishes that stand out.

Among my other favorites were a juicy duck sausage roasted with pickled grapes over goat-cheese-whipped polenta; the baked crepselle rolled around wild mushrooms enriched with Taleggio; a refined casino take on oysters (instead of clams) that roasted those mollusks to perfection. A house-extruded pasta was the secret al dente weapon that elevated the spaghetti alle vongole with tender cockles in flavorful broth to another level.

Three Bells – Excellent

Palladino’s in South Philly: Northern Italian with a chop-house twist [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Palladino’s [Foobooz]

Spring Events At Brigantessa and Le Virtu

Photo by Emily Teel

Photo by Emily Teel

It’s proving to be a busy month at Le Virtu and Brigantessa, especially for chef Joe Cicala. For the start of the spring season, the two restaurants are hosting a variety of events lasting until April 30th. We already mentioned the Scott Schroeder spuntini takeover happening on April 2, but here’s a round-up of what else is happening at the sister restaurants.

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Spotted on East Passyunk: The Avid Organizer’s Ideal Abode?

TREND images via Redfin

TREND images via Redfin

In the spirit of spring cleaning, which Shoppist has so generously helped us tackle, we present you this organizer-friendly South Philly house. Per the listing, the second-level bedroom has built-in storage taking up an entire wall, while the master bedroom boasts another whole wall built-in closet and walk-in closet. Additional storage space and a home office can be found in the finished basement. Guess keeping things from disarray should be easier now, huh?

Other features of note include swing doors with bamboo inset, two wood fireplaces, mid century chandeliers and light fixtures, a solar powered water heater, trellis patio, and a kitchen overlooking the open elevated dining room. It also has a newly installed A/C unit and there’s access to the roof from the family room.

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New Yoga Studio and Boutique Coming to East Passyunk

Photo via Instagram | @kingsnakejewelry

Photo via Instagram | @kingsnakejewelry

Get ready to let out a long “awwwww”: Massage therapist and yoga instructor Daniel Cordua, who teaches at studios all around the city, and his girlfriend, designer and jewelry maker Rachel Robles, are weaving their passions together to open Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, a yoga studio-meets wellness center-meets boutique mashup. And this is where the “awwwww” part comes in: The space, located at 1707 East Passyunk Avenue, is right across the street from the restaurant where the couple had their very first date. See? Awwwww. Read more »

A Sneak Peek of the New Combined Home and Occasionette Boutiques on East Passyunk

Remember when we told you about how gift shop Occasionette and decor store Home are combining forces? The adorable home store is moving into the back of Occasionette (which was formerly used as a space for crafty workshops). The mega-store of adorableness — think Paper Source plus your favorite vintage home store times a million — is planning on opening on March 17th, and they’re hard at work on the move. Your proof? This Instagram pic, which shows the too-cute stripey floors that Home owner Sary Em is working on. Obsessed? Us too. Let the countdown begin!

Flavors Of The Avenue Tickets On Sale Now

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East Passyunk’s annual Flavors of the Avenue culinary festival is back on April 26th, from 12 pm to 4 pm. Although the weather out the window right now may not look like it, spring is just around the corner and tickets for the event are on sale now.

Over two dozen East Passyunk chefs are participating in the event, which will also include a street festival with live music and vendors.

VIP Tickets are $65 and include all day access to the food tent, including a private VIP hour at noon with premium menu items. The tickets also give all-day access to the VIP area with specialty cocktails, premium craft beer and even include complimentary valet parking.

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Laurel Goes Exclusively to Tasting Menus

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Starting in May, Laurel will be moving to only offering tasting menus. Currently, Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk BYOB offers the option of a la carte during the week with tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Elmi tells us, 70% of weeknight guests are now choosing the tasting menu and “it really doesn’t make sense for a small space like ours to carry a full menu.” Elmi says it has always been the goal to go tasting menu only at Laurel, and the restaurant’s reception has allowed him to speed up the process.

The number of courses and pricing remains the same, 7 courses for $85 per person.

May reservations will be available beginning on Tuesday, March 3rd, starting at noon.

Laurel [Foobooz]
50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia – 2015 [Foobooz]

The Details on East Passyunk Restaurant Week

Joe Cicala's Le Virtu and his new Brigantessa will participate in East Passyunk Restaurant Week | Photo via Brigantessa

Photo via Brigantessa

If 15 days of Center City Restaurant Week weren’t enough, you’re in luck: the third annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week is happening, Sunday February 22nd to Saturday February 28th.

28 restaurants have agreed to participate in East Passyunk’s Restaurant Week. Each meal will be 3-courses and priced at $15, $25 or$35. Even if you forget to make your reservations early, following #EPRW on twitter ensures that you’ll hear about last minute cancellations so you can swoop in.

Several restaurants from the Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants are participating, including Fond, Noord, Townsend, Stateside, Will and Le Vitrtu. Newcomers BrigantessaBing Bing Dim Sum and P’unk Burger will be participating as well.

East Passyunk Restaurant Week [Official]

Here’s the Original “King of Jeans” Sign Being Installed in 1994

Photo courtesy of Steve Calabrese.

Photo courtesy of Steve Calabrese.

I remember when this sign went up – “what a disgrace” was how most felt but it somehow grew to be accepted and now loved.” – comment on Philadelphia magazine’s Facebook page.

Since news of its removal, people have been reacting with everything from genuine sorrow to pointed apathy. But whatever their feelings, people have been responding, something which has surprised Steve Calabrese of Uneeda Sign, the local sign manufacturer who helped make the original and collaborated with artist Angel from Angel’s Fine Art Studio to make the most recent “King of Jeans” sign.

Calabrese was kind enough to provide us with a few photos that he took of the original’s installation in the summer of 1994. Perhaps some old memories will stir up for you as it did for another Facebook user?: “And whenever anyone would look at this sign directly, Depeche Mode would play softly in the background…” 

Click here to see the rest of the photos…

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