Pino DiMeo, who opened Pizzeria DiMeo in Andorra in 2012 is now opening Mozzeria, a BYOB osteria and wood-fired pizzeria in Wayne.
DiMeo plans a mozzarella and salumi bar that specializes in Italian cheeses and cured meats. Last month, DiMeo and his son took a research trip to Naples in pursuit of the best mozzarella they could find.
Mozzeria will be located at 133 North Wayne Avenue, right next to the Wayne train station. DiMeo aims to open the restaurant in spring of 2014.
Main Liners are just a couple weeks away from enjoying donuts and ice cream at Wayne Bar. In what was the home of the Suburban and Wayne Times. As the name suggests, the store will offer donuts, as well as coffee and for later in the day, ice cream.
The Wayne Donut Bar fills a gaping cavity of sweets in the Main Line town. In recent years the town has lost Dairy Queen, Sweet Daddy’s, Cold Stone and Gumdrops and Sprinkles.
Donuts by Day, Ice Cream by Night [Radnor Patch]
Wayne Bar [Foobooz]
If I were opening an Italian restaurant, I probably wouldn’t give it a name that’s one letter away from a mid-range frozen pizza brand. But that’s not the real problem at Fraschetta, a Main Line newcomer that debuted a few months back. And the problem isn’t bad service or food, either (though we did have to send back the “special” steak for being ridiculously undercooked and terribly underseasoned). The problem, simply, is noise. Some restaurants are loud. Some restaurants are so unbelievably effing loud that the loudness almost ruins the evening by turning every conversation into a shouting match. Such is the case at this spot from the owners of Center City’s Melograno. After my friends and I yelled at each other across our plates of generally good food, and then paid the sizable check (more than $200 for four of us, BYO) with cash, since Fraschetta annoyingly doesn’t take plastic, we all just decided never to go back.
816 West Lancaster Avenue
First appeared in the October, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Linda Bidlo’s boutique has long been on the shortlist of Buck Co.’s most stylish, with a vast second-floor denim bar (for men and women), top brands like Helmut Lang, Elizabeth & James, IRO and Raquel Allegra, and lust-worthy accessories. And now, after a decade of cornering Doylestown’s high-fashion market, Shop Sixty Five is finally expanding with a Main Line outpost opening next week. (Cue cheering.) Read more »
1333 Youngsford Road, Gladwyne, PA
It’s always cool if you can say someone prominent once lived in your home, even if their celebrity was rooted in something somewhat obscure, like the evolution of underwater photography in the 20th century. According to the listing for 1333 Youngsford Road, that’s exactly the case.
Son of phonograph producer Eldridge Reeves Johnson, E.R. Fenimore Johnson — a prior resident of 1333 Youngsford Road — had a varied career, which can be seen in a blog post by the researcher-processor of his photography collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The Academy’s collection page characterizes him not only as a photographer but also as an explorer and yachtsman.
It seems fitting, then, that Fenimore Johnson’s former residence sports an in-ground swimming pool. (Most likely a new addition to the house, admittedly.)
Aside from the pool, the house itself is a classic Gladwyne gem standing on almost 6 acres of land and with a carriage house for company. There’s a gated entry and arrival courtyard leading to “a centrally located reception hall.”
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It’s been a long battle, soldiers, but at long last Radnor Township has ruled on of part of the famous Ardrossan estate — late of The Philadelphia Story, late of Hope Montgomery Scott, late of civil conversation during many drawn-out meetings. Scott family heir Edward Scott III’s plans for development of the Ardrossan chunk in question — in the form of 62 homes at Ardrossan Farm — will, subsequent to this approval, move on to the next step: a hearing with a hearing officer, because there’s nothing like another hearing to get things done.
The Township Board has become progressively more flexible on the topic because of its plan to buy some of the Farm’s land and preserve it as green space. For more on the conditions the Township put on Scott, read this article at the Main Line Times.
And now, for other news…
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Fraschetta, the Bryn Mawr BYOB from Rosemarie Tran and chef/husband Gianluca Demontis who gave us Melograno gets plenty of praise from Craig LaBan.
Delicate house-spun fettuccine arrives in a soulful ragu alla Romana that tastes like familiar ground beef Bolognese at first, until it turns exotic with clovey Medici spice, earthy with porcini, and richly gamey with fine bits of chicken liver and gizzard. The mezzi-rigatoni carbonara, glazed ideally in a not-too-heavy shine of egg and Pecorino, draws a musky savor from pancetta housemade from lamb belly instead of pork.
Three Bells – Very Good
Authentic Roman-style cuisine on the Main Line [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Image via Google Street View
What’s nine stories high and a full 156,000 square feet? The Independence Press building. Located in Philly’s “Loft District,” 533 N. 11th Street has been in want of a new owner since May 2012 when it was put on the market for $6.9 million.
Since then, the former site of a commercial printing company has passed through the hands of developers eyeing it up as a potential project for “loft-style condos.” But with no takers willing to commit, The Philadelphia Business Journal now reports the building will be up for auction on November 7th.
The suggested opening bid? $3.1 million.
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It’s not very often I find myself writing about two cool new fitness options in Wayne twice in one week, but that’s exactly what I’m about to do. In addition to the new kettlebell class I told you about on Tuesday, Wayne-ians (is that a thing?) can also check out the new indoor cycling studio, Fluid Cycling, at 724 West Lancaster Avenue, near Route 30 and East Conestoga Road.
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An artist’s rendering of preliminary plans for Urban Outfitters’ $100 million Devon Yard complex, as viewed from the northeast. (Image: Main Line Media/Urban Outfitters)
“This is huge!” writes Julie Davis over at Racked Philly, and boy, she ain’t kidding. Urban Outfitters’ parent company, spelled URBN (because when you remove most vowels and put it in all caps a word grows up), has plans for a large development in Devon called Devon Yard. And get this: It’s not going to be some downscale strip-mall crap hole. Well, that’s what URBN says, in so many words.
At an Easttown Township meeting this week, an URBN rep explained to residents why this development is different — which, of course, it already is, given that it’ll be in Devon. He said, ”When you see a lifestyle center you often see a Chico’s, a J. Crew, a Cheesecake Factory. That’s not what we’re about.”
So what are they about?
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