Following the preview party on Tuesday, we’ve got more news about Diner en Blanc.
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.
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]
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…
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:
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 »
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?
Chef Luke Palladino has made a name for himself at the Jersey shore and he is now opening on Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia. The former Columbo’s at 1934 E Passyunk Avenue has been transformed from a sandwich joint to Palladino’s, an upscale Italian restaurant with bar, open kitchen and 80-seats inside. The location, visible from Broad Street also makes the restaurant a gateway to East Passyunk. An opportunity, Palladino’s has taken advantage of with its striking striped exterior and large vertical sign. The opening is set for Thursday, December 18th and reservations are now available.
Inside, Palladino’s has a large bar with windows that will swing open to the avenue in nice weather, an open kitchen (also visible from the street) and a dining room with padded walls, banquettes and dark wood. A collection of striking Fornasetti plates hangs vertically at the entrance to the dining area.
The kitchen features a wood-fired grill as well as an Italian oven that will be used exclusively to bake focaccia. The extensive menu will consist of seasonal Italian cuisine, wood-fired steaks, chops, seafood and handcrafted pasta.
Palladino’s, the new restaurant on East Passyunk from Luke Palladino, is getting into the Cyber Monday hub-bub by announcing that they are now accepting reservations. The first day reservations are available is December 18th. So if you want to say you were first, make your reservation now.
Not much to look at, sure. But that (along with the tweet it was attached to) is proof that Luke Palladino’s foray into South Philly is actually coming along. Palladino’s will be opening in the former Colombo’s space at 1934 East Passyunk. They’re currently done with the framing and getting into the interior construction. And if that’s not enough to get you excited about an upcoming opening date, there’s also this…