What to Eat This Week: Pizza for Dinner Every Single Night — Seriously!

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Raise your hand if you would marry pizza if you could. Yeah, me too. Sadly, that’s not life. But what you can do, which is almost as great, is eat pizza for dinner every single night this week without feeling even a hint of guilt. Seriously! We’ve rounded up five pizza recipes — from portobella pizza, to polenta pizza to plain ol’ whole wheat pizza — that are loaded with good-for-you stuff like kale, avocado, black beans, egg, and more. So go ahead, make pizza a mainstay on your dinner table this week — and don’t you dare feel bad about it.  Read more »

Another Link in the Chain

not-your-average-joe-ardmore-940Not Your Average Joe’s is coming to Ardmore’s Suburban Square on February 23rd. The Massachusetts-based, casual bar-restaurant chain is taking over the old movie theater at Suburban Square. The Ardmore location is the second are location for the chain, NYAJ opened in Glen Mills last year.

Also in Ardmore’s Suburban Square, Michael Klein has the details on Besito, an upscale Mexican chain from Long Island, New York that promises “a fiesta every night.”

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Spotted: Growler Stop Coming to 22nd and South

growler stop logoA banner for the Growler Stop adorns the wall at the former L2, promising beer, sandwiches and brick oven pizza. Details are few on the web site, Facebook page and Twitter account but on the face of it, Growler Sop will be in conflict with Omega Pizza across 22nd Street, which offers pizza and takeout beer.

Earlier rumors had the former L2 being turned into a Starbucks. A brick oven pizza and beer space, would seemingly be more welcome to the neighborhood but it will be interesting to see how the project plays out with neighbors.

The 2201 South Street building has been marketed as 1,607 square feet of retail with over 100 feet of frontage primarily along 22nd Street.

Check out a rendering of what the space could look like »

Arde Osteria Gets One Bell

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Water buffalo mural at Arde Osteria in Wayne

It’s a high-stakes pizza game in Wayne on the Main Line. Craig LaBan notes ten spots within a few blocks in downtown Wayne that are serving up pizza. In LaBan’s review of Ardé Osteria & Pizzeria, he reveals that the Regina Margherita at neighboring Vecchia is one of the best now in the region. As for Ardé, things are a bit more dicey though the Inquirer critic sees potential.

My first visit to Ardé was odd in many respects, beginning with the fact that our pizzas were delivered unexpectedly as a late third-course between entrees and dessert. Either way, they were thoroughly scorched, the coveted leoparding of dark spots having swollen into a charry inner-tube of briquette-sized puffs crumbling black dust over every bite. The delicate harmony of tangy San Marzano tomatoes and sweet mozzarella was overwhelmed. A similarly burnt “mais” pie topped with incinerated corn had other issues, with half the crust refusing to rise and a noticeably salty afterburn.

One Bell – Hit-or-Miss

Craig LaBan visits Ardé Osteria & Pizzeria [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Arde Osteria [Foobooz]

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]

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