If you’ve lived in Fairmount, you know that one of the challenges to making your home in the leafy, fireworks-adjacent neighborhood is the parking situation. Which is probably why sellers at this North 25th Street home are throwing in six months of pre-paid parking at a nearby lot with the deal. Six months without having to drive in concentric circles around the Art Museum while stalking pedestrians and hoping they are about to get in a car and drive away could be worth a lot to the right buyer.
If the half year of free parking isn’t enough enticement, the home itself is lovely. It features many period details like high ceilings with intricate medallions and plenty of interesting woodwork as well as a decorative fireplace. One of the three bedrooms features an original arched doorway and an enormous bay window bench positively begging for the newspaper and a cup of coffee. And of course the charming old-timey details are paired with a thoroughly modern kitchen, replete with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Read more »
Condos at the Tivoli townhouse development tend to fly under the radar. If we had to guess why, we’d say that particular block of Hamilton is pretty quiet and sometimes forgotten. But considering the slew of developments in that end of town, Tivoli may be preparing for some additional foot traffic.
This unit is 3,000 square feet (the technical term for that in condo living is actually ginormous) and includes parking for two cars, two balconies and an entire master suite wing. The master wing includes a library with its own balcony as well as a huge walk-in closet and bathroom. Don’t fret about where to store your wine because in addition to the gourmet kitchen, there is a separate wine/bar area.
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Pizzeria Vetri is rolling out a new batch of its barrel-aged Brooklyn cocktails today. The cocktails are made with Dad’s Hat Rye, vermouth, luxardo and ramazzotti and then aged five weeks in a barrel.
Order one today and you’ll get a free rotolo. Offer runs all day.
Pizzeria Vetri [Foobooz]
This Sunday, Fairmount is challenging you to eat a whole pig. Or more precisely, thirteen different cuts from the pig at 13 different restaurants. The bites range from $2-$4 and many of the restaurants will also be offering drink deals. The food crawl runs from 3 to 7 p.m.
Check out the flyer for details »
Townsend Wentz, who already is working on taking over the former Sophia’s one East Passyunk is also looking to open an Italian BYOB at 23rd and Fairmount. Wentz is appearing in front of the Spring Garden Civic Association meeting today at 4:30 p.m. at 19th and North. Wentz is hoping to see some familiar faces at the meeting who may have enjoyed his food at McCrossen’s, where he was the chef until recently.
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Tela the dog.
When Tela’s Market & Kitchen at 1833 Fairmount Avenue opened back in November, there was the promise of intimate chef’s table dinners each week. Chef Chad Williams kicks the dinners off next Friday, January 24th at 8 p.m.
The $75 per person dinner (plus tax and gratuity) will be a four-course family-style meal prepared by Williams and accompanied by a complimentary beverage pairing. The chef’s table dinners are limited to 12-seats and reservations are required. To reserve one or more seats, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and number of guests. Parties of twelve also have the option to “buy out” the chef’s table for the week.
Menus will change weekly and will reflect the freshest ingredients available in the market.
Chef Williams served as opening chef de cuisine at Amada and has recently returned to the area after some time on the West Coast.
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Let’s be clear from the beginning: this is a home for the anti-minimalist. There is intricate woodwork and exposed brick and nary a smooth surface in sight. Unless you have a preternatural affection for peeling, you pretty much have to love massively patterned wallpaper to love this home. And we’re talking Wes Anderson levels of wallpaper.
The home is sumptuously appointed, befitting its prime, museum(s)-adjacent location in Fairmount. It features four bedrooms and two full baths, decorated with rich colors and the aforementioned wallpaper. It also boasts a lovely, brick-arched kitchen outfitted with a Wolf dual-fuel stove and a Sub Zero refrigerator. The kitchen leads out to a landscaped deck by way of a perfect little reading nook.
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Rocky and realtor checking out 2313 Lambert Street in Rocky II.
Property opened its virtual doors in March, so it hasn’t been quite one year yet. But here are the posts that were the most popular in 2013 — 12 of them because 12 is more fun than 10.
1. Rocky and Adrian’s House From ‘Rocky II’ Is For Sale
In March, the three-bedroom South Philly home that was the set for Rocky and Adrian’s first home went on the market for $139,900. The rowhome near 20th and Wolf looked pretty much the same as it did in the 1979 movie, and though it took some time, 2313 S. Lambert Street sold for around $129,000.
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All the B&W regulars came back for one last hurrah on Wednesday night. Joanne texted us this photo.
Last February, I wrote a story about the B&W bar, the one in the Best Western, right off the Parkway in Fairmount. Over the course of a week, I showed up pretty much every night, drank a lot of beer, took probably not enough notes, and never went back again.
It’s not that I didn’t like the place; just the opposite, I fell in love with it. In fact, I grew so attached to the cast of characters that populated the bar — real regulars, the kind you thought didn’t exist anymore — that I was worried they wouldn’t like what I wrote.
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Rotolo | Courtney Apple
Trey Popp comes to Pizzeria Vetri with great expectations but too many of the pizzas literally flopped.
The further away I got from the pizza menu, though, the better Pizzeria Vetri got. There are lovely salads: arugula and roasted fingerlings slathered with killer pesto, and a “wood oven” salad that’s a belly-filling medley of corn, chanterelles, blistered green beans and top-drawer ham, studded with ricotta salata. There’s exceptionally fresh-tasting kegged wine from the Gotham Project, and bottled sloe-gin fizzes and Americanos that serve two for $12. The rotolos are instantly the best savory pastry in town: crispy pizza dough coiled Cinnabon-style around mortadella and ricotta, doused with pistachio pesto.
Two Stars – Good
Restaurant Review: The Best Food at Pizzeria Vetri Isn’t the Pizza [Philadelphia Magazine]
Pizzeria Vetri [Official Site]