A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Tonight Show writer (and Upper Darby native) Luke Cunningham about what it is like to work for Jimmy Fallon. Cunningham told me that he once bonded with fellow Upper Darbian Tina Fey over Pica’s delicious rectangular pizza. Read more »
NPR has been crunching pizza numbers today and yesterday. Today they layout how much pizza costs by neighborhood in five cities, including Philadelphia. The data comes from Grubhub/Seamless and interestingly, Graduate Hospital is the most expensive neighborhood for a cheese pizza. An average pizza in G-Ho comes in just under $15. Elmwood and Oak Lane are the cheapest neighborhoods for pizza with a plain pie being available for under $8. Of course with this data coming from Grubhub and Seamless, places like Osteria, Pizzeria Beddia and many others are not included.
As for the most expensive pizza in the country, Midtown Manhattan is getting $23 for a plain pizza.
There’s new ethnic food in Upper Darby. Inka Wall serves up hearty Peruvian chicken.
And since you might want something to wash down all this food, check out Bryan Kolesar’s most memorable beers of 2013.
Mount Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery has rolled out a new menu. It’s out with the barbecue chicken, Rio Bravo and veggie flatbreads. New to the menu is a winter ratatouille, veggie verde and chicken korma.
I’ve come to you in years past asking for a lot of stuff for the Philadelphia food scene, but, selfless font of awesomeness that I am, I’m once again using up all my Christmas wishes to make my adopted home as wonderful as possible for those of us who find life’s most sublime joys at the end of a fork.
You’ve already come through for me big-time. When we needed noodle shops, you inspired half a dozen different restaurateurs to open noodle shops. When we needed Cuban food, you got all up in Jose Garces’s head with your Santa magic and made him close Chifa in order to open Rosa Blanca. So, again, being a generous and gregarious soul, I put the question to a bunch of my people. I asked chefs and cooks and food writers and professional drinkers what they wanted for Christmas—what they thought Philadelphia needed to become an even better food city than it already is. Here’s what we came up with.
The Le Virtu crew of Francis Cratil Cretarola, Catherine Lee and Joe Cicala are opening their second restaurant on East Passyunk. Brigantessa will be a moderately-priced Italian dining spots focusing on pizza and the cuisine of southern Italy. The restaurant will replace Karina’s at 1520 E Passyunk.
At a presentation last night to neighbors at Le Virtu, the team revealed their plans for the restaurant that will combine a wood-fired pizzeria with an enoteca and birreria.
Trey Popp comes to Pizzeria Vetri with great expectations but too many of the pizzas literally flopped.
The further away I got from the pizza menu, though, the better Pizzeria Vetri got. There are lovely salads: arugula and roasted fingerlings slathered with killer pesto, and a “wood oven” salad that’s a belly-filling medley of corn, chanterelles, blistered green beans and top-drawer ham, studded with ricotta salata. There’s exceptionally fresh-tasting kegged wine from the Gotham Project, and bottled sloe-gin fizzes and Americanos that serve two for $12. The rotolos are instantly the best savory pastry in town: crispy pizza dough coiled Cinnabon-style around mortadella and ricotta, doused with pistachio pesto.
Two Stars – Good
Restaurant Review: The Best Food at Pizzeria Vetri Isn’t the Pizza [Philadelphia Magazine]
Pizzeria Vetri [Official Site]
For all you youths out there who are obsessed with both food and the internet, have I got something for you.
Jake & Amir could be one of the funniest sketches on the Internet. If you haven’t heard of it, look it up, start with their first video and waste your day away. They’re a hilarious duo, and College Humor is a great site to quench a fit of boredom. Jake, Amir, and Streeter had a live show this past Friday and they hung out at Rittenhouse Square beforehand. They needed some pizza ordering advice, and I offered my assistance, as long as they provided Foobooz with some shameless self-promotion.