Luke Palladino Meets the Neighbors

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Palladino’s on East Passyunk | Rendering by Friday Architects/Planners

Last night Luke Palladino met his East Passyunk neighbors, showed off some renderings and got to cook some food as well.

Palladino’s, is chef Palladino’s first Philadelphia restaurant, he has five along the Jersey Shore. The restaurant will replace the long vacant Collombo’s at 1934 E Passyunk Avenue. The informational meeting was held at Noord and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation head Sam Sherman led the program and introduced Palladino, Tony Bracali from Friday Architects and Planners and interior designer Scott Eccard.

Renderings and notes » 

Victory Beer Dinner at Amis

square-pizza-victory-amisOn Wednesday, August 13th, Amis is hosting a Victory Brewing beer dinner. The four-course beer-centric feast is $65 and includes beer pairings with each course. Chef Brad Spence and his executive sous chef, Ned Maddock have created a menu focusing on the beer, barley and hops of Victory as an essential part of each dish.

The dinner was inspired by the pair’s time at Victory Brewing Co., when they were preparing a 200 pound mortadella for the Great Chefs Event.

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Chance to Try Vetri’s Lo Spiedo

lo-spiedo-400Chef Scott Calhoun has been announced as the chef for the upcoming Marc Vetri restaurant, Lo Spiedo. Lo Spiedo, which is Italian for “the spit” is aiming to open this September at the entrance of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, September 16th, Calhoun is hosting a preview dinner of what will be served at Lo Spiedo at Osteria. The four-course dinner is available for $175 per person and tickets are extremely limited.

If you can’t get into the Lo Spiedo preview, Vetri is offering a series of other classes in September at Osteria as well as in the new upstairs space at Vetri.

For reservation information email events@vetrifamily.com.

Lo Spiedo [Foobooz]

Il Pittore Introduces Local Farmer Menu

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Starting this week until the end of the summer, Il Pittore will introduce a new menu dedicated to the hot season and all of its offerings. Chef Chris Painter, who was just awarded Best Chef by Philly Mag’s Reader Poll, is taking advantage of the summertime produce in his Pennsylvania and New Jersey Farmers’ Menu. Using products from Green Meadow Farms in Lancaster and other local PA and NJ farmers, Painter will create a 4-course tasting menu.

Guests will start with a Chilled Cucumber Soup, followed by Pennsylvania Pride Beef Ravioli (see picture), Striped Bass, and, to finish it all off, Peach Upside-Down Cake.

Guests are encouraged to make early reservations because each night, there are only 20 available dinners. The menu is priced at $45.

Il Pittore [Foobooz]

Brigantessa Gets Its Oven

joe-cicala-oven-brigantessa-400We’re happy to see Joe Cicala standing next to just delivered wood-fired oven. The video that Cicala posted of the delivery guys attempting to get the behemoth into the open wall at Brigantessa didn’t exactly inspire confidence.

The wood-burning oven will be at the heart of Cicala’s new East Passyunk restaurant that will focus on Southern Italian cooking and pizzas. The oven was manufactured to order in Italy for Briganessa and is hand-made from volcanic ash. Brigantessa is aiming to open this August.

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Bufad’s World Cup Deal: Two Pies For The Price Of One

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Throw on your favorite team’s jersey from the World Cup and head over to Bufad for the buy one Neapolitan pie and get the second for free deal. All you have to do is place your order, show up representing your team and you’ll walk out with two pies for the price of one. This special offer will be available Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until the final game on July 13th. So that means if you want to eat pizza in the comfort of your own home while watching the USA versus Germany on Thursday, this is an option.

Bufad  [Foobooz]

Matt & Marie’s Bringing Italian Sandwich Shop to Center City

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Looking for a new lunch spot? Well look no further. Matt & Marie’s, a sandwich shop, is bringing its modern twist on Italian classics to Philly. The restaurant at 18th and Arch Streets will offer fresh baked Italian bread, artisanal meats and cheeses, and fresh modern toppings as well.

The soft opening is Thursday, June 26th, but if you can’t make it then, don’t fret because the shop will be open to the public Monday, June 30th.

Matt & Marie’s [Official]

 

Zeppoli Does Sicilian Barbecues All Summer Long

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This is exactly what you should do to start your summer weeks off with a bang.

Zeppoli, the Sicilian BYOB in Collingswood, NJ, has a patio with a new grill, and every Monday, until the end of summer (whenever that may be), you’ll be able to feast on Sicilian delights until your heart’s content, cooked in front of you and your guests, by chef Joseph Baldino himself.

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What’s Happening Upstairs at Vetri?

New upstairs dining room at Vetri.

New upstairs dining room at Vetri.

Marc Vetri has recently completed his upstairs expansion at his eponymous Vetri. The new upstairs dining room and test kitchen is now available for private events, cooking classes and more. Two July cooking classes have already sold out but tickets remain to three summer dinners featuring collaborations, farmer dinners and a special two nights with Italian wine.

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What’s Planned for Upstairs at Vetri

Upstairs kitchen at Vetri | Via Marc Vetri's Instagram

Upstairs kitchen at Vetri | Via Marc Vetri’s Instagram

City Paper’s Caroline Russock gets the details on what Marc Vetri and chef de cuisine Adam Leonti have planned for the upstairs expansion of Vetri. The open kitchen with communal table will seat up to sixteen people. But that’s only the beginning of the story. Check out what Leonti and farmer Ian Brendle of Green Meadow Farm in Lancaster County have in store.

A Pennsylvania-centric tasting menu comes the soon-to-open upstairs annex of Vetri [City Paper]
Vetri [Foobooz]

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