Peter McAndrews Takes Over Bridgid’s

Peter McAndrews

Peter McAndrews

Peter McAndrews’ (Paesano’s, Modo Mio, Monsu) first cooking job in Philadelphia was at Bridgid’s more than 20-years ago. And now he’s back in charge of the Fairmount mainstay. He’s installed Patrick Collins as the chef. Collins has worked on 13th Street for Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney as well as for George Sabatino. This isn’t the first time McAndrews has turned back towards Bridgid’s. The chef consulted there in 2012. But this time he’s taken over the whole operation.

The menu is Italian, offering a menu of Chichette, small plates for just $5 each, 3 for $13. The new Bridgid’s will also offer a selection of ten-or-so house-made pastas for $10 to $12 a plate. Entrees will have a seafood focus and top out at $18 per plate. As is McAndrews m.o., expect bold flavors and wine friendly dishes. Speaking of wine, McAndrews is offering 8 white wines and 11 reds by the glass. McAndrews says he wants Bridgid’s to be a “true Italian restaurant, intriguing and affordable,” a place to have a good time with a good glass of wine or two.

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Boatload of Events Happening This June Upstairs at Vetri

pasta-tools-of-the-trade-vetri-940Check out what the impressive lineup of events that are happening Upstairs at Vetri this June. He’s got local personalities like Peter McAndrews (Monsu, Modo Mio, Paesano’s), Scott Schroeder (American Sardine Bar, South Philadelphia Taproom), from Hop Sing Laundromat and Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros. on the docket. And then he also has 2012 James Beard Award winner Mindy Seagal talks cookies and of course Marc Vetri himself teaching about pasta. 

Check out the full list on Vetri’s web site.

Paesano’s Expanding on Girard Avenue


New Paesano’s | Photo via Naked Philly

Paesano’s on Girard Avenue is moving on from its original location. The sandwich shop is moving next door to the just completed construction at the corner of Girard and O’Neil Streets.

According to Naked Philly, the new location will give Paesano’s 26-seats and an expanded menu. That will be welcome news to Northern Liberties and Fishtown fans of Peter McAndrews’ sandwich spot, as the extra room will probably mean more specials, like the Italian Market location.

The 9th Street location has recently offered the Machizmo (prosciutto, fig and orange marmalade, sharp provolone on a seeded roll), house-made scrapple sandwich (pork scrapple, sweet roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and peppers, sharp Provolone and a fried egg), pig skins (potato skins with roasted garlic and sharp Provolone) and their seldom seen Gizmo (ribeye cheesesteak with diced salami, cheddar spread, sharp provolone, broccoli rabe and roasted tomatoes).

Tenant Coming For New Building on Girard [Naked Philly]
Paesano’s – Girard Avenue [Foobooz]

Paesano’s: Margate, Returns for a Second Season


Over the past year, Paesano’s has been doing a bit of an expansion experiment. They’ve opened down the shore a year ago, today; they’ve opened, and closed, in Woody’s; they’ve give us a delivery option.

I’m happy to say, the Paesano’s down the shore is open again. Operating only on weekends (Friday through Sunday), the Philly Style sandwich spot is open in the the Memories Lounge at 9518 Amherst Avenue, Margate, NJ. Shore hours are from 11 a.m. until the crowd dies away.

Paesano’s [Foobooz]
Down the Shore [Foobooz]

Pete McAndrews Wins Food Porn Award at Eagles Chiefs Game

On Thursday night, the Eagles and the Chiefs squared off at Lincoln Financial Field. I’ll let the people who know something about the sport opine about the future of the Eagles. I was there for the food and left before the end of the first quarter.

Below, some photos of what you’re going to be eating at the next Eagles home game at the Linc. Hats off to Aramark — the folks actually making and serving the food — for running a pretty tight operation.

Paesano’s Pete McAndrews wins the coveted food porn award for his namesake Paesano brisket sandwich:

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That Didn’t Last Long: Paesano’s Out at Woody’s


Well that didn’t last long. The Paesano’s within Woody’s has closed. Announced through its Facebook page, no details were given as to why the less than two-month-old venture went kaput. Paesano’s promises to continue to deliver to “nearly every neighborhood” in the city.

Peter McAndrews continues to serve up Paesano’s Italian Style sandwiches from his Girard Avenue and Italian Market locations. He also is vending from within the Memories Lounge in Margate. McAndrews will also be serving his meatloaf parmesan (pictured above) and four other sandwiches this season at Lincoln Financial Field.

Paesano’s Italian Style [Facebook]

Photo via the Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles Add Garces, Vetri and McAndrews to Team


Last season the Philadelphia Eagles offered food from Kevin Sbraga at Lincoln Financial Field. This year the Eagles and Aramark are teaming up with Jose Garces, Marc Vetri and Peter McAndrews. For the 2013 season fans will be able to get dishes from each of these chefs at various spots in the stadium including on the main concourse, Headhouse Plaza and the club levels.

Look for more details on the food at Lincoln Financial Field to be released next week.

Paesano’s Opening at Woody’s

mcandrews-at-cookMichael Klein is reporting that Peter McAndrews is looking to expand his Paesano’s sandwich shop chain. Paesano’s has locations in Fishtown, the Italian Market and recently opened a location within Margare’s Memories night club. Next, McAndrews is taking the cohabiting concept to Woody’s Bar at 13th and Walnut.

Also on tap for McAndrews, a Paesano’s at Lincoln Financial Field.

McAndrews also owns Modo Mio, Monsu and La Porta. His Popolino in Northern Liberties is closed for the summer.

Paesano’s in expansion mode [The Insider]
Paesano’s [Official Site]

Paesano’s Is Heading to Margate

paesano_aristaPaesano’s recently posted a job listing on Foobooz, looking for a counter/sandwich maker “for at least one more shop opening in the next couple weeks.” Paesano’s general manager Nate Baynes tells us that the sandwich shop is definitely looking to expand this summer and will “most likely” operate out of Jerry Blavat’s Memories night club in Margate. They are of course aiming to open in time for Memorial Day but there are details to iron out.

One idea is to be open 24-hours a day to cater to people at the Atlantic City casinos.

Paesano’s Philly Style [Official Site]

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