The Pashalis family that owns Estia in Philadelphia is in expansion mode. Brothers Pete and Nick along with Pete’s brother-in-law, John Lois are bringing their take on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine to Marlton in early 2014. Estia Greek Taverna will replace the former Pietro’s (which they also own) at 140 W Route 70.
Or boom-neighborhood, I guess. Or boom-region?
Over on the Insider, they’re reporting that yet another “Center City operation” is looking at branching out into the ‘burbs. Following in the footsteps of Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook (who opened Citron & Rose in Bala-Cynwyd last year) and Michael Schulson and Rob Wasserman (who brought The St. James to Ardmore), it looks like Nick Pashalis (of Estia and Pietro’s Coal-Oven Pizzeria) has his eye on a former Buca di Beppo on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood.
The project is a long way off (and will, eventually, become two projects, with the massive space being divided up between another Pietro’s and a casual version of Pashalis’s Estia), but what’s important here is that this now makes three large operators who’ve taken a look at the situation in Center City, then taken a look at the long-neglected scene out on the Main Line, and decided that maybe it was time to make the big jump. And the reason I find this mini-trend so interesting? Because it’s something we were talking about more than a year ago, when Philly mag’s Neighborhoods issue hit the stands.
Editor’s Note: Once again, we have some new Foobooz interns to introduce to the community. And as we have done before, we’re letting them say hello by way of the classic Foobooz Six Pack–offering up a little taste of something they love in order to tell you who they are.
This week, we have Temple student Esther Katro–the girl with the weirdest lunchbox. Take it away, Esther…
I’m Esther Katro, I’m Greek, and I’ve been raised on–and consistently seek out–Mediterranean food. I’ve always been the girl at school with the most diverse lunchbox, consisting of various Mediterranean foods with funny names, scents and textures. As a multimedia journalism student at Temple University, I believe in bringing virtual color and dimension to food through video.
Philadelphia is a Greek word, and the city has a strong Greek architectural influence and a heavy dose of Mediterranean food on the scene. So check out any of these great restaurants for a filling meal guaranteed to be cooked with a ton of olive oil.
Rick Nichols has a small piece today regarding Estia’s challenge to Dmitri’s legendary octopus.
Its extraordinary octopodi is sourced from Portugal and Spain, cleaned and tenderized with sea salt in a dedicated washing machine (that’s right, just the rinse and spin cycle), braised in red-wine vinegar, and grilled over charcoal. Over the fire it’s basted with the house vinaigrette, which slowly caramelizes, yielding a crackling, sweet crust. The tender, white coins are served Greek style with a dill-flecked salad of onion, pepper and capers.
Take your tastebuds on a trip to Greece at one of Estia’s upcoming summer wine tastings. Held on the first and last Tuesday of the month, each event will give guests a chance to experience unique varietals from Greece and the Mediterranean. From 6-8 pm, each tasting will include five tapas-style courses as well as commentary by guest speakers and Estia’s sommelier Brandon Reese.
- July 6- A Mediterranean Mix: Selected wines from Greece, Lebanon and Israel
- July 25-White Wines from Greece: Greek grape varietals from crisp to sweet
Each event is $40 per person (excludes tax and gratuity).
Estia, is located at 1407 Locust Street.
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