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Eater alerts us to an interview with Stephen Starr on Grub Street. In it, Starr talks about El Vez NYC and his future plans for New York, including a potential collaboration with Peter Serpico, who Starr first brought from New York to Philadelphia.
Serpico was David Chang’s right hand man and the former chef at Momofuku Ko in New York where he won a James Beard Award. He then partnered with Stephen Starr to open his own restaurant last year on South Street in Philadelphia.
The pair are still shopping for New York real estate so any Serpico NYC is still a ways off.
Stephen Starr on El Vez and the Cutthroat World of Restaurant Real Estate [Grub Street via Eater]
On Sunday, April 20th, Peter Serpico is inviting his friends Quino Baca and Simon Gibson of The Brooklyn Star to town for a collaboration dinner.
The Easter evening dinner at Serpico features a four-course, family-style dinner for $45 per person. The Brooklyn Star is known for its seasonal fare with a Southern flair and that is certainly reflected in the dinner menu.
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Food & Wine is running a contest to recognize America’s best up-and-coming chefs. Six Philadelphia chefs are nominated for “The People’s Best New Chef – Midatlantic.”
Among the not-entirely-new chefs nominated are:
And the nominees are »
Illustration by Alex Fine
What makes Philadelphia different from the other big restaurant cities, like New York or Chicago?
Joncarl Lachman, Noord: “I lived in both of those other cities and cooked in both, so I’ll be talking from real experience. There’s a camaraderie that exists in Philly that doesn’t exist in other cities like Chicago and New York. Not just between restaurants and the people, but between chefs and the other restaurants. Maybe it’s the size of the city combined with the Philly personalities, but it doesn’t quite exist anywhere else that I’ve worked.”
The January, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine is devoted to food. The issue serves up frequently asked questions and insightful answers about Philadelphia’s food scene. Check out the sneak peek online, it includes answers from Peter Serpico, Anne Coll, Scott Schroeder, Joncarl Lachman and others.
Look for the full issue hitting newsstands next week.
A Matter of Taste [Philadelphia Magazine]
Whether you want eat like a yoga instructor or a weightlifter, Trey Popp finds that Serpico provides an excellent adventure.
The evening can begin in any number of ways. An elegantly attired hostess might seat you at the kitchen counter, beneath Serpico’s placid gaze and neatly parted hair, next to a pair of buttoned-down boomers sipping a bottle of Kistler. Or you could find yourself drinking mezcal-and-Averna cocktails with a pair of hip-hop fashionistas in New Era ball caps, attended to by a hipster-whiskered server rocking tight shorts cut from cream-colored corduroy.
The variability blossoms from there.
Three Stars – Excellent
Philadelphia Restaurant Review: Choose Your Own Adventure at Serpico [Philadelphia Magazine]
Serpico [Official Site]
Photo by Jason Varney
“I’m 31 years old now. I need to think about my future and the future of my family. If you were going to leave New York, this seemed a good place to head to, right? I really was just ready for a change. That said, once I was here, I liked it.” – A.D. Amorosi interviews Peter Serpico for Glamorosi
First, the good news: Serpico–the long-awaited South Street restaurant being opened by Stephen Starr and Momofuku’s Peter Serpico (heretofore known as Starrpico)–is opening for regular dinner service on Friday night.
Now, the bad news: According to Open Table, Friday night is completely booked up. As is Saturday night. First available table is 5pm on Sunday the 23rd. (Though, weirdly, if you want a 4-top rather than a table for two, you can sneak in on Saturday, either early or late)
But the big question is, is it worth it? After all the waiting, all the speculating, all the anticipation, does Serpico pay off?
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Menu testing for Serpico | Copes corn ravioli, pickled and roasted pearl onions, chilies, and chorizo
The highly anticipated Serpico is in the home stretch. But Peter Serpico is still looking for a few key players, including a junior sous chef. Serpico has filled other positions at the restaurant including chef de cuisine. Anne Strong, who worked with Serpico at Momofuku Ko in New York has come down to Philadelphia to fill that role. Strong graduated from Penn State and had a career in the publishing industry before she began going to culinary school at night at the Institute of Culinary Education. She has also worked at New York’s Anthos and The Modern. Another New York transplant is Rich Fell, who has come down to be Serpico’s general manager.
A local face will also be in the kitchen. Jae Hee Cho, former sous chef at Stateside, under George Sabatino is also on the staff.
As for the opening date, the job ad says Serpico “is only a few weeks away from opening.”
SERPICO is opening soon!! Only a few open positions left [Foobooz Jobs]
Hey, check it out! Some asshole New York writer made the long trek to the wilds of Philadelphia to check out the Peter Serpico/Chris Painter collaboration dinner at Il Pittore and get an interview with Serpico–in which he behaved like an asshole New Yorker.
If you can get past all the references to us being a bunch of dimwitted, white bread, big-box-restaurant-loving yokels with our mouths stuffed full of Buddakan potstickers, there’s actually some interesting stuff in there about what Serpico has planned for the new restaurant.
Serpico’s Second Act [Bon Appetit]
We dispatched photographer Kate Van Vleck to Il Pittore on Tuesday night to snap some shots of the Peter Serpico, Chris Painter collaboration dinner at Il Pittore. For those of you who don’t recall the hysteria that attended the announcement in September that Stephen Starr had apparently sold another piece of his soul to the devil in order to woo David Chang’s right-hand-man, Peter Serpico, away from his position in the Momofuku empire, let me assure you that it was a very big deal. Funny thing is, September was a long time ago, and since the announcement Serpico hasn’t really done…anything. Or at least nothing that really had his name attached to it.
This Painter/Serpico mashup at Il Pittore was really Serpico’s first public appearance in Philly. His coming out party, as it were. And from the looks of things, it went pretty well.
Check out the photos »