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.
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We’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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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.
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]
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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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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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]
Today, Avalon Restaurant is opening at its new location at 116 East Gay Street. John Brandt-Lee’s restaurant used to operate as a BYOB on High Street. In addition to the bar and liquor license, the new location is twice as large as the original which lasted twelve years. Brandt-Lee will also add live music, an antipasti bar and down the line, a wood-burning pizza oven. What will remain the same will be the rustic, Italian cuisine.
The bar will offer eight local craft beers on tap, a selection of wine from boutique vineyards and cocktails made with Pennsylvania-based liquors. A light menu will be served at the bar till 10 p.m.
Avalon Restaurant [Official]
Paradiso was one of the pioneers on East Passyunk that launched the stretch into the dining destination that it is today. And the Italian restaurant and wine bar is celebrating a decade in existence with ten events throughout the year.
It all starts tonight with Drinking Italy: Wines of Piedmont. Chef/Restaurateur and soon-to-be sommelier Lynn Rinaldi will be joined by Artisan Wine reps and will be pouring three wines from Piedmont. The three full pours will be complemented by three house-cured meats and artisan cheeses. The combination is just $20.10 and kicks off at 6:30 p.m.
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On Sunday, March 9th, Il Pittore will be presenting a special five-course wine dinner with exclusive pairings from c. Pira & Figli Winery. Chef Chris Painter has created a special menu for the dinner, with each course tailored to pair each wine served. Winemaker Chiara Boschis will be on hand to walk guests through each selection.
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