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]
Tela’s Market & Kitchen is now open at 19th and Fairmount. Owner Daniel Greenberg and chef Chad Williams have teamed up to open a market specializing in meat, seafood and prepared foods to eat at the market or to take home. A coffee bar serving Four Barrel espresso and coffee makes the corner an early morning destination as well. A once-weekly, 12-seat dinner table will make Tela’s (pronounced TEE-la’s) a dining star as well.
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Lobster Month at Route 6 | Photo via Starr Restaurants
Route 6 seemingly scored a homerun with its Lobster Mania promotion in October. I definitely heard more people talking about Stephen Starr’s East-Coast seafood restaurant last month than since it opened.
So it isn’t much of a surprise that Route 6 is extending its deal through November. Prices on select lobster dishes are chopped almost in half.
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If Pizzeria Vetri had opened five years ago, Marc Vetri’s Fairmount pizzeria might have been greeted with a parade on par with what the World Champion Phillies received. But in 2013, excellent pizza abounds in Philly. Our children know to check for leoparding spots and blister marks on their slices. Bufala mozzarella and crushed San Marzano tomatoes have us yawning in complacency (like a 2010 Phillies fan). Yes, our pizza scene has come a long way, and on any given day, one of a half-dozen spots might pull the best pizza in town out of its wood-fired oven. But Pizzeria Vetri is certainly in that mix, and as part of Vetri’s stable of restaurants, it certainly has access to great ingredients. Fresh basil pops here. The fennel in the sausage provides a slightly sweet snap. But when you come to Pizzeria Vetri, get the specialty items, like the rotolo—a savory relative of the cinnamon roll that layers pizza dough, mortadella, fresh ricotta and pistachios in a seductive starter you won’t want to share. Combine this with a slice of Roman-style pizza al taglio and a glass of draft wine, and you’ve concocted a winning team—certainly way better than what the Phillies put together this season.
1939 Callowhill Street
Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz and Lemon Hill are combining for a special Halloween night. Twenty dollars ($25 at the door) will give you all-you-can-eat Feliz margaritas, red or white sangria and Dos Equis drafts. There will also be passed dishes from La Calaca’s menu and creations from new executive chef MacGregor Mann.
Wear a costume and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win tickets for either a Sixers or Flyers game. There will be a Day of the Dead face painter on hand as well. The La Calaca party runs from 10 p.m. to midnight. At that time everyone will be invited to head up to Lemon Hill for the after party.
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MacGregor Mann, who was chef de cuisine at Amada has returned to the area. Michael Klein is reporting that Mann is opening a BYOB, Junto in Chadds Ford. Junto promises “Pennsylvania-sourced ingredients prepared with a blend of old world techniques and modern cuisine knowledge.”
After leaving the Garces mothership, Mann staged at Denmark’s Noma for eight months. Noma was named the best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Mann is predicting a Spring opening for Junto but today you can find him at Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz. Like Feliz owner Tim Spinner, Mann was often seen on Jose Garces’ Iron Chef teams.
Garces alum opening a BYOB [The Insider]
Pizzeria Vetri’s rotolo has garnered fans right from the moment the Fairmount pizzeria opened. The rotolo is mortadella and ricotta wrapped up in pizza dough and baked in Vetri’s pizza oven. It’s then drizzled with a pistachio pesto and at $3.50 is an absolute bargain.
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Adam Erace reviews Marc Vetri’s temple of pizza, Pizzeria Vetri, and comes away impressed.
They all begin with a dough that eschews oil, per Neapolitan doctrine, and cooks up with a crisp crust and soft but structured center. Most follow with an aurora of the bright, tangy tomato sauce, then a collection of toppings, like house-made sausage, mozzarella, roasted fennel and fennel fronds. That pie, the Salsiccia, was great, but I liked the straightforward Margherita even better.
The shiniest new addition to the Vetri Family is turning out serious pies [City Paper]
Pizzeria Vetri [Foobooz]
The sound of music has echoed through the rooms of this lovely four-bedroom home at 23rd and Poplar. Need proof? Take a look at the numerous violins hanging on the wall, and consider the fact that the owner of the property is a first violinist for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Aside from its classical pedigree, the home shows its origins with some charming period details like the tile and stained glass in the vestibule; the built-in woodwork detailing in a bedroom; a tile fireplace surround; and some beautifully restored oak floors.
Though it is a rowhome, so much is made of the space here–just look at the French doors with the beveled glass and the wall treatments, from paint to paper. The home is elegant–and it probably sounded pretty good, too.
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