Mama Palma’s is kicking off a new weekend brunch. The Fitler Square pizzeria is providing orange juice to all guests who bring their own Champagne. Check out the brunch pizzas on the menu.
Mama Palma’s Brunch Menu (PDF)
Mama Palma’s [Official Site]
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.
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Rotolo | Courtney Apple
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.
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Bufad Pizza has been a popular pre-concert spot for patrons of Union Transfer. And starting on Tuesday, November 12th, concert-goers will be able to get Bufad’s pizza at the concert hall.
Bufad will be serving four versions of their Roman-style pizza by the slice. The pizza will be available in the lobby concessions area.
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If Pizzeria Vetri had opened five years ago, Marc Vetri’s Fairmount pizzeria might have been greeted with a parade on par with what the World Champion Phillies received. But in 2013, excellent pizza abounds in Philly. Our children know to check for leoparding spots and blister marks on their slices. Bufala mozzarella and crushed San Marzano tomatoes have us yawning in complacency (like a 2010 Phillies fan). Yes, our pizza scene has come a long way, and on any given day, one of a half-dozen spots might pull the best pizza in town out of its wood-fired oven. But Pizzeria Vetri is certainly in that mix, and as part of Vetri’s stable of restaurants, it certainly has access to great ingredients. Fresh basil pops here. The fennel in the sausage provides a slightly sweet snap. But when you come to Pizzeria Vetri, get the specialty items, like the rotolo—a savory relative of the cinnamon roll that layers pizza dough, mortadella, fresh ricotta and pistachios in a seductive starter you won’t want to share. Combine this with a slice of Roman-style pizza al taglio and a glass of draft wine, and you’ve concocted a winning team—certainly way better than what the Phillies put together this season.
1939 Callowhill Street
Photo by Mike Persico
It seems that the crew at Pizza Brain have hooked up with the Philadelphia 76ers for the run-up to their home opener on Wednesday night.
Tonight, from 5-6pm, Pizza Brain will be creating a giant, blue Sixers ball and logo in pizza form as part of “Blue Week.” More important to the rank-and-file Foobooz readers, the shop will also be offering half-price slices of their buffalo chicken and blue cheese pizza during the 5 o’clock hour.
And seriously? If anyone in the city was going to attempt the creation of a blue pizza, I figure it would have to be the guys from Pizza Brain. If anyone makes it down there for the event, be sure to take some pictures and tweet them to us @Foobooz.
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Pizzeria Vetri’s rotolo has garnered fans right from the moment the Fairmount pizzeria opened. The rotolo is mortadella and ricotta wrapped up in pizza dough and baked in Vetri’s pizza oven. It’s then drizzled with a pistachio pesto and at $3.50 is an absolute bargain.
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Pino DiMeo, who opened Pizzeria DiMeo in Andorra in 2012 is now opening Mozzeria, a BYOB osteria and wood-fired pizzeria in Wayne.
DiMeo plans a mozzarella and salumi bar that specializes in Italian cheeses and cured meats. Last month, DiMeo and his son took a research trip to Naples in pursuit of the best mozzarella they could find.
Mozzeria will be located at 133 North Wayne Avenue, right next to the Wayne train station. DiMeo aims to open the restaurant in spring of 2014.