TONIGHT: Lobster Spaghetti Deal at Little Nonna’s

Photo by Jason Varney

Valeri Safran and Marcie Turney at Little Nonna’s | Photo by Jason Varney

Tonight, Little Nonna’s on Locust Street is hosting Lobster Spaghetti night. For $25, you can get a one-pound lobster with spaghetti in a San Marzano tomato sauce. Now there’s a way to take the Monday out of Monday.

This isn’t the first time Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran have done this at Little Nonna’s. So make sure you’re following them (or us) on Twitter for the next announcement.

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Mercato Debuts New Spring Menu

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Spinach Cavatelli

As the trees turn green once again, so do our dinner plates as restaurants transition their menus to lighter and brighter fare.

Mercato, the longstanding Italian BYOB on the 1200 block of Spruce Street, just introduced its spring menu, with new appetizer, pasta and meat dishes.

The new market salad includes ricotta salata, shaved asparagus, fava beans, strawberries, bibb lettuce and balsamic. Their pasta dish is a spinach cavatelli with veal ragu, pecorino romano, cream and fava beans. They also have a grilled spring onion risotto with (you guessed it) fava beans, mint, fennel, meyer lemon and pecorino romano.

Mercato also recently left OpenTable for Yelp’s reservation system. You can make reservations on their website here or give them a call at 215-985-2962.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Huge Loft in Midtown Village Will Be Next to East Market

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Rittenhouse Hotel.

We gave you a background snippet on the White Building last we reported on one of its available units: how the built circa 1867 structure basically helped along the whole Midtown Village/Gayborhood revival after undergoing a condo conversion in 2008 thanks to one Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties.

Now, we’re going to leave you with a hint as to where it’s going, as we’ve just noticed how unbelievably close it is to that East Market mega project that’s currently in the works. As most of you know, East Market is slated to be a game changer in the neighborhood, set to offer things like a MOM’s Organic Market, new restaurants and coffee shops, a promenade called Chestnut Walk, new retail, and additional residential units. Once completed, we have a feeling it’s going to be one of the city’s newest go-to spots. *Fingers crossed*

All of that, of course, is good news for anyone living in this loft condo. Because in addition to being situated right behind Philly’s latest upcoming mini village, the unit is a spacious double-bedroom offering over 1,600 square feet of space, 23-foot vaulted brick ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and six huge double-hung arched windows that usher in an abundance of light. According to the listing, the windows also have “superb sound attenuation.”

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Petruce et al Offering City’s Balling-est Citywide

petruce-940Petruce et al posted its happy hour menu to Facebook today and one item really caught our eye. The “Balling” Citywide” is a “London Balling” barleywine and ounce shot of Angel’s Envy for $25. Certainly not in the same price range as Bob & Barbara’s, but if you’re balling, this is the shot and a beer for you.

Also, get a head start on National Empanada Day with Petruce’s pepperoni, mozzarella and onions stuffed empanada.

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NBC Universal Exec Selling Transformed Spruce Street Home

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

Somewhere along the line this Federal-style mansion was converted into a tri-level condo (includes finished basement) with a reworked interior we were not expecting. According to Mary Genovese, who along with Fred Manfred is a listing agent for the property, tells us the transformation took place about four years ago. Now, the current home owner, who happens to be an executive for Comcast subsidiary NBC Universal, is relocating and looking to sell his cool Midtown digs. Any takers?

In addition to having hardwood floors, a fully finished lower level with separate laundry, and a back patio you can see from the kitchen, the home has a study with full bathroom and a kitchen featuring double ovens, stone surfaces, and wood cabinetry. Leased parking for $250/month is available around the corner.

Interested in seeing the inside?

Two Retro Reviews from the Weeklies

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Olde Bar | Photo by Arthur Etchells

 

Brian Freedman visits Olde Bar for Philadelphia Weekly while Adam Erace reviews Franky Bradley’s for City Paper. Freedman is in love with the fried clams at Jose Garces’s redone Bookbinders and he’s even more impressed with the redo.

The Olde Bar is a Jose Garces project—the kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Mike Siegel—but it feels different from his other restaurants around town. Indeed, in his attempt to honor the legendary space, he has accomplished something both difficult and important: Bringing the past into the present, without peddling in either preciousness or hokey nostalgia. The Olde Bar feels both classic and vibrant at once, just like that fried clam.

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Pinterest-Worthy Condo on Spruce Street in Midtown Village

TREND photos via Redfin

TREND photos via Redfin/Salas Team

Well, looky here! Right around the corner from that neat multi-unit property on Antique Row we told you about yesterday is this Spruce Street home, which from the outside, looks to be just your average Midtown Village abode.

However, take a glimpse inside and you will see that is far from being the case.

The boutique building is actually home to a tri-level condo that has the luxury of having both a 1-car garage and finished basement with flex space. Details of note include, but are certainly not limited to, its extra high ceilings, hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, and a kitchen eating area that everyone and their mom should add to their growing collection of house ideas on Pinterest (i.e. window bench!).

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Tasting Scratch Biscuits with Mitch Prensky

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The build-out on Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits storefront at 1306 Chestnut Street is on schedule, maybe even ahead of schedule. This, Prensky told me as he frantically looked for some wood to knock on, means the Midtown Village biscuit spot will be ready for inspections in about three weeks.

Yesterday, I sat down with Prensky to try a sampling of his breakfast and lunch biscuit sandwiches. Also on the agenda, identifying which sandwich was served on a gluten-free biscuit. I failed.

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Carré d’artistes New Philly Location Makes Original World-Class Artwork Accessible

Nadia Martina Michelin, one of the artists currently featured at Carré d'artistes.

Nadia Martina Michelin, one of the artists currently featured at Carré d’artistes.

Carré d’artistes is a known name across the pond in Europe, but for most Philadelphians, the new gallery that opened at 104 South 13th Street in what felt like warp speed may seem like a strange, foreign concept. However, all reservations are swept away once you walk inside the charming, streamlined space. Read more »

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