A Peek at Brigantessa’s Menu

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Joe Cicala is getting close to opening his second restaurant, Brigantessa on East Passyunk. How close? He estimates his menu is about 80% done, which is about how much of it we can decypher in this blurred photo that Cicala posted on Instagram.

Most visible, the annotation “more salumi.” And who can’t get behind that? Cicala, who is also the chef at Le Virtu will be serving flavors of Southern Italy at Brigantessa.

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V Street Shares Menu

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Rich Landau is in the final stretch for his about to open V Street, just off of Rittenhouse Square. Landau is promising V Street will be a vegan street food bar because “you just can’t get a good Langos or Jallab in Philly.”

The menu is broken down into “Street Snacks (papdums with whipped dal), “Market” plates (langos with sauerkraut puree and smoked chioggia beets) and “Hot Pots,” (funky kimchee stew) sections. Inspiration comes from street food from around the world. Landau promises bold flavors and lots of spice.

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Morgan’s Pier Opens for 2014 and Here’s the Menu

Beauty shots of the Ben Franklin Bridge from Morgan's Pier, with or without a clutched can of craft beer (usually Hell or High Watermelon) in the corner to taunt your friends who are still at work.

Photo by E. Madrigal

Morgan’s Pier opens for the season this evening with David Gilberg, formerly of Koo Zee Doo manning the kitchen. Gilberg has described his menu as “things we like to cook and eat outside.” That means the menu features items like watermelon with mint, lime and honey; spare ribs, grilled vegetable kabobs, cheeseburgers and pulled pork.

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Crow & The Pitcher Opens on Rittenhouse

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Alex Capasso quietly opened his Rittenhouse Square restaurant, Crow & The Pitcher on tax day. The revamp of C19 makes the space more rustic with pub tables in the front and a more formal dining area beyond the bar. Capasso’s old boss Georges Perrier was hanging out when we swung by to grab a copy of the opening menu. The menu ranges from $6 for a salad with Boston lettuce to $28 for a rib-eye steak.

The restaurant and bar will be open Tuesday to Sunday, from 4:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

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Bar Volver Opens This Evening

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The first-come-first serve part of Jose Garces’s Volver opens to the public tonight. Bar Volver is a champagne and caviar lounge that will feature a selection of small bites including oysters, cheese, charcuterie and three varieties of caviar. Bar manager Gordana Kostovski has created a menu of cocktails designed to pair well with the food coming from Garces’s kitchen. Also available to the Bar Volver customer will be over 1,500 bottles of old and new world wines with a particular focus on sparkling wines.

Highlights and the full menu » 

Society Hill Society To Replace Artful Dodger

society-hill-society-logoOne of the most asked queries that land in our inboxes over the past few months is just what is coming to the corner of 2nd and Pine Streets, the longtime home of the Artful Dodger. Requests for information have gone unanswered and now, less than a week before the grand opening details have finally been revealed.

Michael Klein gets the details on Reed Barrow’s first bar and restaurant, Society Hill Society. The neighborhood tavern concept will have JG Domestic and Rosa Blanca chef de cuisine, Yun Fuentes in the kitchen where he will be serving up a menu “inspired by classic Pennsylvania flavors, served in a casual atmosphere.”

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Chris Kearse Updates Will’s Menu for Winter

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Will BYOB has updated its menu for late winter. Chris Kearse has hearty dishes that might make you grateful that it’s cold out. Dishes like foie gras and rabbit terrine, whole roasted hen of the woods mushrooms and a Berkshire Pork neck and sausage might just be enough for you to forgive this winter.

Also coming up at Will, a special “Heart” menu on February 18th.

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About Last Night: Opening Night at Sancho Pistola’s

Korean Rib Tacos | Photo by Danya Heninger

Korean Rib Tacos | Photo by Danya Heninger

Last night marked the opening of Sancho Pistola’s, the second bar from Adan Trinidad, Joe Gunn and Casey Parker, the team behind Center City’s Jose Pistola’s. The bar at 19 W Girard Avenue is turning out serious Mexican dishes and serving up Pistola’s signature great beer.

The food here struck us as a bit more authentically Mexican than what we’ve enjoyed at Jose Pistola’s. Those most authentic dishes were also the most successful as I would rank the spicy pork tacos ahead of the Korean rib tacos and I’d also highly recommend the black bean soup, which was just what the doctor ordered on a very cold night. Well that and some mezcal.

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