We were munching on some delicious wood fired goodness at Nomad Pizza this week and noticed one of those fire orange zoning stickers afixed to the outside of a warehouse directly across tiny Kater Street (and also across 7th Street from Good King Tavern). It turns out that a developer has plans to demolish the warehouse in favor of a new three-story building with a roof deck.
Four apartments with a yet-to-be-announced retail tenant on the ground floor would replace the warehouse. Naked Philly reports that the developers have already met with the Bella Vista Neighbors Association and needed the zoning variance because “the project calls for 100% lot coverage, same as the building the developers want to tear down.” It looks like the ZBA approved the application on June 23.
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So here we are–mere hours away from the start of the Callowhill Night Market which will bring together 70-some food trucks and vendors (plus beer and live music and tee shirts and all the usual weirdness that comes when you pack tens of thousands of Philadelphians together in one place and make them stand in line for tacos) for a one-night party unrivaled by any other food event in the city.
Whether this is your first Night Market or your tenth, whether you’re comfortable hanging out with 20,000 of your closest friends or nervous about the mob scene, whether you’re laser-focused on just ONE THING YOU MUST EAT BEFORE THE END OF THE NIGHT or (like us) planning on trying everything on offer (and the good stuff twice), we’re here to help you get the most out of your Night Market experience. Check out our battle-tested advice below, and make note of the picks we’ve made for the must-hit trucks of tonight’s event.
Ready? As always, let’s start with…
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This Thursday, June 12th, Lambertville, New Jersey, is hosting Nitefare, their first food truck festival. The free, public event runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be filled with food, food, and more food. Top Lambertville restaurants will be featured along with food trucks from the Philadelphia area and a Yards Beer Garden.
The Cow and The Curd will also be serving up, for the first time, its poutine, a dish that includes hand cut fries, gravy, fresh cheddar curds and hand chopped bacon to top it all off. Other food trucks include Say Cheese, Nomad Pizza, and Sweet Box. And as you eat your way through the festival, be sure to keep your ears open for the live music going on at every corner. The event will be held on four blocks of North Union Street from Bridge to York Street.
The Melanzana at Pizzeria Vetri | Photo by Courtney Apple
It was just two and a half years ago that we did our massive roundup of all the best (and worst) pies in the Philadelphia area. But since then, Philly has experienced something of a pizza boom, with amazing joints opening all over the city. Here are the best of the newcomers shaping our scene today.
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Nomad Pizza’s new outpost at 13th and Locust has softly opened. The Roman-style pizzeria was serving guests last night and will do so again this evening as they continue to test things out.
The menu consists of salads, meatballs and twelve pizzas. Pizzas range in price from teh $11 Marinara to the $19 Truffle Pecorino.
The grand opening is set for Friday, October 25th.
Nomad Roman Opening Menu (image)
Nomad Roman [Foobooz]
Yesterday I referred to Nomad’s new Roman pizzeria as having Roman Al Taglio-style slices of pizza. I was wrong. Al Taglia pizza is common in Rome and almost exclusively served from street vendors. What Nomad’s Tom Grim has in mind is very thin round pies with toppings going right to the edge. I’ll let him explain it from here.
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Philadelphia pizza has come a long way in a short time. Vote for the 2013 Best of Philly winner in pizza.
The Great Best of Philly Poll [Philadelphia Magazine]
This month Hot Diggity is collaborating with Nomad Pizza on their hot dog of the month. The NJ Italian Dog features “pizza bread,” slow roasted peppers and onions, fried potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and a deep fried hot dog.
Tom Grim, co-owner of Nomad Pizza wanted us to pass along that Nomad Pizza’s two locations will be closed for ten days starting on Sunday, January 20th. Perhaps he was also bragging that he and 14 other staffers will be flying from Philadelphia to Rome to do some reconnaissance.
Grim says they’ll be eating lots of pizza, drinking good Italian wine and beer as well as visiting purveyors including a buffalo mozzarella farm, touring a tomato packer and visiting their organic Parmesan supplier. As Grim said, “there has to be some benefit to working in a business where you work every weekend.”
Both Nomad locations will be reopening on Thursday, January 31st. And if you’re looking for Super Bowl plans, the game will be shown on the big screen on Sunday, February 3rd.
Nomad Pizza [Official Site]
As we let you know last week in our food truck guide, four Philly food trucks show up at the Farmer’s Market each week. Today’s trucks include Zea May’s Kitchen, Spot Burger, Say Cheese, and Nomad Pizza.
The Porch Farmer’s Market [Official Site]