First Look: LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino

Lp Steak | Photo by Nick Valinote

Lp Steak | Photo by Nick Valinote

Chances are you haven’t been to LP Steak, what with it opening less than three weeks ago and well, you know, being in the suburbs and all. But should you find yourself out at Valley Forge Casino Resort for a concert, a festival, or maybe just to gamble, you’ll want to try Luke Palladino’s new place, which is worthy of a trip by itself.

Casino execs reached out to Palladino, of Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking and Palladino’s on Passyunk, fame after deciding to dramatically refresh their drinking and dining options and to start with closing the casino-owned steak house that occupied the same space.

Palladino has wrapped the 238-seat space in mirrors and tasteful reds and blacks and added sex appeal with deep red leather banquettes. A round bar is set off from the dining room by the same type of half wall that sections off several cozy dining areas while still allowing patrons to see and be seen.

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The Opening of LP Steak

Luke Palladino, Chef/Owner LP Steaks and finace Kristine Kurilko

Luke Palladino, Chef/Owner LP Steaks and fiance Kristine Kurilko.

Monday night Chef Luke Palladino held a sneak preview party for friends, family and guests at his new eatery, LP Steak at ValleyForge Casino Resort. The upscale steakhouse passed around samples of classic cuts of prime beef, chops, and seafood. The full service bar served local spirits and craft beers, poured California and Italian wines, and created classic cocktails with the Palladino twist. The 4,400-square-foot space officially opens on Friday night and was designed in a rustic steakhouse feel by Gruber Design Associates. LP Steak joins the Luke Palladino Hospitality Group, with restaurants in Philly and Atlantic City, NJ.

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Luke Palladino Opening Restaurant at Valley Forge Casino

Valley Forge Casino CMO Jennifer Galle and Luke Palladino | Photo via VFCR

Valley Forge Casino CMO Jennifer Galle and Luke Palladino | Photo via VFCR

Luke Palladino, who has a history with casino restaurants is adding another LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort to his portfolio. The upscale steakhouse will open this October at the King of Prussia casino. The restaurant will be an upscale steakhouse with seating for up to 205 people in the main dining room plus 25 seats at the bar, 30 seats in the lounge area, and two private dining rooms.

LP Steak will replace Pacific Prime in the Valley Forge Casino, and will join other new features of the casino including the recently opened Valley Beach Poolside Club and the relaunch of the Valley Forge Music Fair.

LP Steak joins the Luke Palladino Hospitality Group, which also includes Palladino’s on Passyunk and Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking in Linwood, New Jersey.

LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort [Foobooz]

Final Call For Asparagus


Asparagus Soup at Pub & Kitchen | Photo via Pub & Kitchen

Sure, we’re excited about summer and the food truck festivals and pop-up beer gardens that come with it, but we’ll miss our spring favorites.

Asparagus, that harbinger of spring, now marks the beginning of summer as its harvest ends. Here are a few spots where you can bid adieu to asparagus before it’s all gone.

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Foie Gras Wings at Sidecar


In this month’s installment of Sidecar’s Wing Thing, Luke Palladino and his chef de cuisine (and Sidecar alum) Ed Affinito have up with chicken wings stuffed with foie gras and chicken mousse. The wings are served with a chipotle barbecue sauce and they are on special starting this evening. And if you make it in tonight, you can say hi to Palladino and Affinito and tell them just how good they are (or more likely, how they just don’t compare to the Foobooz wings from a couple of months back. Sorry fellas, but nice try).

The wings are available while supplies last, but with foie gras and chicken mousse, these decadent wings won’t be around for long.

Sidecar Bar & Grill [Foobooz]

New Seasonal Dishes at Palladino’s

Black Spaghetti

Speaking of exciting stuff happening on East Passyunk Ave, chef Luke Palladino just announced his late spring/early summer menu additions at Palladino’s. The new offerings include eighteen fresh dishes, and are the first major changes in the menu since the restaurant opened in December 2014. And this is only the first round of additions Palladino has planned. Going forward, he will debut new dishes two to three times a season.

Highlights? Palladino’s personal favorite spring antipasti, the NJ Asparagus Two Ways, and two new types of flatbreads. In the coming weeks, other seasonal dishes will be introduced (squash blossoms beware, Luke Palladino is coming for you), but for now the current new additions are available as of this week.

Check the new items out below…

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PHOTOS: May QOTA at Palladino’s

It was the warmest QOTA (Queers of the Avenue) of the year, and folks came from all over the city to mingle and sample one of East Passyunk’s newest eateries, Palladino’s, which was hosting the event. Chef Luke Palladino played quite the gracious host with a spread of nibbles and cocktails, wine and beer for guests, which included America’s Next Top Model alum Cory Wade, Director of Administrative Services for the City of Philadelphia Office of the Managing Director David Torres, and local techie Andrew Madonna.

Society Hill Films sent some photos of the the evening. Check them out below:


Bright Lights, Big City: Palladino’s Reviewed

Pork osso buco and Stecchini Genoves | Courtney Apple

Pork Osso Buco and Stecchini Genoves | Courtney Apple

With all due consideration for sore thumbs and Kim Kardashian’s badonka-donk, nothing sticks out from its surroundings quite like Palladino’s on Passyunk.

The Italian chophouse rears up over the Avenue’s Broad Street gateway like a wedge of layer cake iced by an architectural prankster. Its banded black and white facade serves up an allusion to the medieval tower of Siena’s Duomo atop the Streamline Moderne curve of a sidewalk-sheltering hip roof, and the whole thing is capped off with a sky-scraping signboard that broadcasts the restaurateur’s name in lipstick red.

And you can hear Luke Palladino’s Philadelphia debut from nearly as far away as you can see it. Saxophone-rock solos and Super-tramp reverberate on the covered curb with a brashness compounded inside by crowds that can be as boisterous on a Wednesday evening as on a Saturday night. You can take a chef out of Atlantic City, but apparently you can’t take Atlantic City out of this chef. Read more »

Shane Victorino Foundation Private Fundraiser and Dinner

Chef Luke Palladino, Kristine Kurilko, Melissa and Shane Victorino.

At the Phillies home opener on Monday, the fans gave former Phillie and current Boston Red Sox star Shane Victorino an extended standing ovation for his first time back at Citizen Bank Park since being traded to the Dodgers in 2012. Shane told me he really appreciated the love given to him. Last night he and his wife, Melissa Victorino, hosted friends at an intimate dinner at Palladino’s on East Passyunk. About 45 people attended the private dinner party prepared by chef Luke Palladino, a fundraiser for the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club, which the Shane Victorino Foundation helped renovate with a million-dollar donation in 2011. The proceeds from the dinner and raffle items will go toward supplies and sporting equipment for the kids. Shane and Melissa told me that Philadelphia would always be their adopted hometown: They have many friends in the area, visit occasionally and still maintain a house here. Wouldn’t it be great if he retired a Phillies player?

Photos from the Shane Victorino Foundation dinner and fundraiser after the jump »

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