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 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]
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Gluten-free eaters, rejoice: Pizza Hut is hopping on the gluten-free train, with gluten-free pizzas set to hit the menu January 26th, Huffington Post reports. Hooray!
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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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• Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s had better watch out. A lab in Colorado tested pizza slices from popular takeout chains to see how closely the calorie counts printed on menus matched up to their own results. Spoiler: It doesn’t look good. [Men’s Health]
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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]
Two weeks ago, we showed you footage (and animated GIFs, see below) of a robbery at Omega Pizza at 22nd and South, where the robber tripped as he fled and spilled the stolen money on the ground near the exit.
Police say they’ve caught the clumsy robber. Cops yesterday announced the arrest of Gary Grant, accused of the Omega Pizza robbery and several others.
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Every Wednesday, Tommy Up’s the The Yachtsman brings in free Pizza Brain pizza after 9 p.m. Combine that with a $3 Kona Lager and you’re looking at a very thrifty Wednesday evening.
Pizza is free while supplies last.
The Yachtsman [Foobooz]
Police are looking for a man who robbed the Omega Pizza at 22nd and South streets in Center City.
The robbery happened on October 16th. Surveillance video shows a man dressed in all black brandishing a small handgun at the cashier and another man standing at the counter. He collects money from the cashier in a black bag and then flees the store.
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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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