Sometimes, life hands you some difficult decisions, and this weekend we have to make a really hard one: when we inevitably wake up with an excruciating hangover from Oktoberfest at Alla Spina (or from whatever our Saturday night plans happen to be), will we brave techno and deep house music for the reward of hand-tossed brunch pizzas, biscuits, craft beer and “beerdrivers” at Dock Street Brewery?
Connor Barwin recently did an interview with GQ about his diet. Barwin is listed as 6-foot-4, 264 pounds — and in modern pro sports, every extra little bit counts. So he works out a lot, and he also eats a lot. He detailed his diet and pre-game ritual for the magazine, but he also explained his one cheat:
You obviously try to get protein and amino acids back. My normal routine is coming home and getting pizza—but that’s more for relaxing. Mushroom pizza always from Santucci’s in Philadelphia. Always.
Today Bon Appetit rolled out its 50 Best New Restaurants for 2016 and two Philadelphia restaurants make the cut. One might have been expected, the other is a surprise but a mighty deserving one. Slick Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is the expected choice, what with its gorgeous redo of a century old building and with celebrated chef Chris Painter in the kitchen. The magazine praises the pastas and pizza while also remarking on the cocktails coming from the bar.
Yesterday, our friends over at Foobooz clued everyone into the fact that D.C.-based &pizza — a pizza chain that focuses on made-to-order pies made with organic dough and seasonal, local ingredients — will be setting up shop in Rittenhouse come fall. And one of the menu items they’ll be bringing to our fair city? Salad Pizza. I repeat: Salad Pizza. I.e. Pizza you can’t possible feel guilty about eating because it’s topped with SALAD.
It’s only been a few weeks since HipCityVeg expanded to Washington D.C., and now Philly is about to welcome a D.C. export into Rittenhouse. &pizza will be opening its doors this fall at 15th and Walnut.
And we already know what you’re thinking: “Another pizza place? Great…”
But there might be a little something more to this one.
The owners of SliCE, the Trenton-style pizza joint with locations in South Philly, Rittenhouse and South Jersey, just announced that they’ll be opening the doors to a fourth location in Fishtown in August. And get this: This location will be the first of SliCE’s shops with an organic concept. Owners Marlo and Jason Dilks say just about everything at the new location will be made with organic ingredients (any ingredients that aren’t organic will be labeled), and the rest of their locations will follow suit starting at the end of the year.
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The owners of Manco & Manco Pizza may still be waiting sentencing on their federal tax evasion case, but business continues to boom.
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is the best-smelling restaurant I’ve been to all year.
It’s pretty, sure. Big, new, shiny, polished, fitted out with rich woods, artisan tile and carefully preserved architectural flourishes. But when you’re playing at this level, who isn’t pretty? Packaging matters. Every crack in the walls, every scuff on the floor or scab of tarnish on metal is as deliberate as the gleam on the walnut tables (as though the trees were grown to no other purpose than to be made into them, arranged in this order). There’s a big new skylight that lets brilliance spill in like water. The bar is long, brick-backed and achingly well stocked. The tall windows don’t rattle when the El snaps past, but you can feel it—roaring like a memory of dinosaurs and catching you right below the heart. This place has the design culture of second-gen hipsterism in its bones.
Dubbed the Pizzata (which is Italian slang for pizza party), you can swing by Capofitto from 8 to 10 p.m. and get pizza for just $10. The two flavors included in this deal are Marinara and Margherita pizzas.
Even if you can’t make it to happy hour, Capofitto is bringing in a slew of new specials for the summer.
New caprese and zucchini salads will be available. As well as panelle fritte, which is a chickpea fritter, and a summer bolognese of slow cooked local pork, white wine, fragrant herbs and fresh paccheri.
You can also officially have cheese for every meal with a dessert cheese plate.
Capofitto Pizza + Gelateria [Foobooz]
Fishtown just got a new place to grab a slice. Sicilian pizza joint Medusa Pizza (2327 Gaul St.) is opening at 4 p.m. today.
The restaurant is owned by the Villico family, who are no rookies to the pizza game. They have three restaurants in Center City (Joe’s Pizza, Ciao, Margherita), but this is the first one they’ve built from the ground up. It’s also their first restaurant to feature a wood-fired oven.
Casimira Villico, the owner, said they choose Fishtown to get out of Center City and into a new and different neighborhood.