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When we heard that chef Peter McAndrews had closed two Paesano’s and that his beloved BYOB Modo Mio was next on the list, we got him on the phone to learn more. And he didn’t hold back.
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There’s the glitz and the glam, and then there’s the humble and the honest-to-goodness, the unaffected and the unassuming. To each his own, but I prefer the latter.
I get a kick out of the quirky buildings’ awkward seating arrangements and tiny menus—menus that need not say much, and food that says all too much; the chef-driven and food-focused holes, often orienting themselves in such a way that the preparer and prepared are shown off, experienced only through an intimate three-part channel between the chef, his food, and his guest. When done well, the following few weeks (or longer) will pale in comparison. That’s why the tasting menu is so important; it’s a facilitation of exchange between the hand of the cook and the consumed palate it feeds.
Some tasting menus you’ll find in places that don’t deserve them, and others are just a second menu to the main. Some are only available on weekdays, but there are those you can only take part in on a single day: Sunday, perhaps.
An ode to the tasting menus of Sunday »
2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Philadelphiamagazine’s Best of Philly issue. And all year we’ll be running polls for various categories. This month, readers may vote for the Best Italian BYOB.
So get to voting.
The Great Best of Philly Poll [Philadelphia Magazine]
If you’re feeling Restaurant Week check out Supper. Freshly added to the menu is the pastrami fried chicken. If it’s anything like the pastrami chicken wings he devised for Lemon Hill it is a must have.
Avoiding Restaurant Week like the plague? Then consider the Turista Menu at Modo Mio. The $32, four-course dinner might be the best deal in the city.
Adam Erace demands we immediately eat the pie at Cafe Estelle. Sounds like a plan to us. [Meal Ticket]
Mac & Cheese checks out the new Fare on Fairmount Avenue where vegetables certainly don’t take a back seat. [Mac & Cheese]
We agree with Midtown Lunch, the $10 express lunch at El Rey is a deal worth partaking in. [Midtown Lunch]
Philly Phoodie rolls out to Trenton to check out De Lorenzo’s tomato pie and it looks out of this world. [Philly Phoodie]
Two Eat Philly’s food crush on Peter McAndrews only grows as they check out the $34 Turista menu at Modo Mio. [Two Eat Philly]
Ashley Primis tips us off to the fresh and local cheese plates available at the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market. A plate for 10 will set you back $50. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Living on the Vedge makes sure to get to Horizons one last time before it closes this Saturday. The Crunchy Korean Seitan Tacos sure look good. [Living on the Vedge]
It’s like father, like son at Haddonfield’s Fuji. Craig LaBan discovers that Jesse Ito is following in his father’s impressive footsteps. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Meal Ticket tells us that we should try the avocado chocolate chips at Pure Fare. OK, we’re game. [Meal Ticket]
Midtown Lunch tries out and is impressed by the Sriracha and Earl Grey ice cream made by Little Baby’s Ice Cream. [Midtown Lunch]
Gluten-free can be adventurous and tasty at Modo Mio. [Gluten Free Philly]
Two Eat Philly returns to Supper and calls it a gem. [Two Eat Philly]
Our eyes must have popped half-way out of our heads when we read that Amis’ industry night partner on Monday, November 1st was going to be Paesano’s. The thought of Paesano’s sandwiches sharing space with Brad Spence and his own sandwiches had us slobbering like Pavlov’s dog. We even caught ourselves feeling sorry for those poor piggies for a second but we quickly put that thought out of our heads.
Chef Peter McAndrews of Paesano’s and Modo Mio will be showcasing his Paesano, slow roasted brisket with fried egg, sharp provolone, roasted tomatoes, pepperincini and horseradish mayo. Also to be served is a chicken liver conservate with sun-dried cherry mostarda, gorgonzola dolce and long hots.
Amis chef Brad Spence will be makingÂ three signature sandwiches.Â The Jersey Cannonball is house made pork roll, fried egg, sharp provolone, pickled peppers, and served on home made bialy. The second sandwich will be sliced veal breast, young pecorino, vegetable fritto misto and served on sesame focaccia bread. Finally there will be mint cholcolate chip semi freddo sandwiches for dessert.
The bar will be serving up Stoudt’s Pils,Â AmisÂ punch and house made spiked cream soda.
Same deal as previous months, the food is free and the drinks will be specially priced. Just bring your industry pay stub for admission to the feast. The fun starts at 10pm.
Amis/Paesano’s Industry Night [Facebook]
Amis [Official Site]
Paesano’s [Official Site]
It’s free, it’s overlooked but it often sets the tone to the meal, we’re talking bread. The Bite salutes the bread service that we could live on, Chifa, Fork, Modo Mio and Parc to name a few.
What other bread is worth filling up on?
In Praise of Bread Baskets [Metro Philadelphia]
Photo by Ryan Charles
Grub Street has the deets on Modo Mio’s new family style Sunday dinner. We’re most happy that it means another night to eat at the Girard Avenue Italian BYOB.
Sugo Sundays Coming to Modo Mio [Grub Street]
Modo Mio [Official Site]
Messy and Picky go to Foobooz faveÂ Southwark and Picky gets the best plate he’s had all year, the barbequed smoked pork belly served with baked beans, wilted collards, and Birchrun blue cheese sauce. [Messy & Picky]
Derek Lee has his anniversary dinner in the kitchen at Talula’s Table. [The Best Food Blog Ever]
CE Phood experiences the Little Fish Sunday prix fixe. [CE Phood]
Maria Valetta breaks down the Whiskey King experience at Village Whiskey. [Sips, Bites and Sites]
Veggicurious finally makes it to Modo Mio and finds it a “delicious steal.” [Veggicurious]