Parlor Pizza Bar to Open Early March

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Former Saint James in Ardmore will become Parlor Pizza Bar

Rob Wasserman, owner of Rouge and 500 Degrees, has announced his plan to turn his Saint James into a family friendly pizza restaurant called Parlor Pizza Bar in early March.  The restaurant will be located at Saint James used to be, at 30 Parking Plaza in Ardmore.

Parlor Pizza Bar’s menu will center around artisan wood fired pizzas, as well as pastas and salads intended for families and groups. The restaurant will also be serving draft wines by the glass, with reasonably priced options starting at $6 a glass.

Otto Architects is remodeling the space, bringing in a crimson and gray palette. A Ferrari red pizza oven imported from Modena, Italy will be the focal point of the dining room.

Parlor Pizza Bar [Foobooz]

Restaurant Week Alternative: Pizzeria Stella

stella_pizzaweekRestaurant Week at Pizzeria Stella isn’t really Restaurant Week, it’s Pizza Week. And to celebrate Pizza Week, Stella has some specials.

During the full stretch of Restaurant Week (January 18-23 and 25-30), Stella will be offering a kind of two-for-one deal, meaning you go in, order 2 salads or antipasti, any pizza on the board, and 2 gelati for dessert, and walk out the door for just $35.

A killer deal? Yes, it is. A perfect night out for couples trying to avoid the crowds during Restaurant Week? Absolutely. But one of the biggest reasons to give Stella a try is just because, in this pizza-loving moment we’re in, Stella is a truly great restaurant that often gets overlooked in the rush to the new, the weird and the rustic. So take this chance to figure that out for yourself, huh? I think you’ll be surprised how well it stacks up.

Pizzeria Stella [f8b8z]

Restaurant Review: Brigantessa

Photo via Brigantessa

Photo via Brigantessa

We expect a lot from restaurants these days. If they don’t transform liquids into powders or barrel-steep cocktails with homemade bitters, they’d better serve chickens that roamed freer than our children do. So when a forneria bowls you over even before the door whooshes shut as you enter, it’s time to ask what really matters most.

I’m not the only winter-bitten soul to feel that way crossing the threshold of Brigantessa, where great blasts of heat from a Vesuvian-ash pizza oven ripple along a bar teeming with platters of sausage-stuffed long hots and oil-poached swordfish and wood-grilled octopus salad. Chef Joe Cicala’s sophomore effort on Passyunk Avenue has been rollicking since it opened in October.

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In Riva Turns Three and Celebrates with $3 Pizzas

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Falls Bridge art work at In Riva

Arthur Cavaliere’s In Riva in East Falls turns three today. And the Italian restaurant and pizzeria is celebrating with $3 Margherita pizzas. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., just say “Happy Birthday” to your server and receive a pizza for just $3.

Limit one per table and not available for takeout.

Congrats to Cavaliere and In Riva for proving the riverfront location was not cursed but simply needed the right concept executed well.

In Riva [Foobooz]

Be There or Be Square: Square Pie is Opening

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Gene Giuffi, who brought you Cochon BYOB, comes Square Pie, the pizza and pasta joint that replaces Blue Belly BBQ at 6th and Catharine.

Square Pie opened today at noon today for lunch (serving through 2 p.m.) and will be open this evening for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.

It’s not an extensive menu, but it should offer some quality pork dishes and thick crust.

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