East Passyunk is one of the most bumping of stretches in Philadelphia. And with that energy comes change.
Just this weekend saw the opening of Grace and Pat’s. The owner of Gennaro’s Tomato Pie, Michael Giammarino has opened another BYOB pizzeria at 1533 S 11th Street, across from the fountain on East Passyunk. Giammarino is serving up thicker pizza than the Neapolitan pies he serves at Gennaro’s, but it wouldn’t be fair to call it Sicilian-style.
Today marks the opening of the new location of the Bottle Shop. Previously located at 1837 East Passyunk Avenue is now it is located at 1616 E Passyunk, next to Green Aisle Grocery. The new space is brighter than the original spot. In common, hundreds of beers available by the bottle.
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First Tacconelli’s pizza out of the Navy Yard pizza oven.
Mercer Cafe, the small, beloved Port Richmond eatery, is expanding to the Navy Yard at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk.
The new location will have its grand opening on May 1, offering their breakfast and lunch menu, along with La Colombe Coffee, a grab-and-go market and lunch delivery.
What’s even more exciting is co-owner Dina Woltjen and her brother Vincent Tacconelli have decided to merge their businesses under one roof. The new Mercer Cafe will serve the famous Tacconelli’s pies, with their own brick oven in the cafe.
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Now that we’ve finally had one inarguably spring-y weekend, the new spring menus are really starting to pop up around town. And Bufad (at 1240 Spring Garden Street) isn’t about to be left out of the action.
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Because round is boring? Joe Cicala is rolling out an “underground” selection of his Neapolitan pizzas that will come in playful shapes at his Brigantessa. These pizza shapes are kind of the Lucky Charms marshmallows of the pizza world. Check out Brigantessa’s video where chef Cicala creates the Stella (star shaped) pizza with points stuffed with sheep’s milk ricotta and the Racchetta rolled on one end and stuffed with ricotta. Both of these odd shaped pizzas appear on the menu. Other shapes are only available by customers who are in the know.
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Sunday brunch has returned to Dock Street Brewing Co. The first service was on Sunday, and they’ll be continuing with new menu items, beer cocktails and more.
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First Fridays are great for when you want to wear that trendy buttonless jacket your ex bought you and sip wine while feeling cultured because you’re looking at art, but sometimes all you want is pizza and ice cream. And by sometimes I mean all the time.
Thus, this stroke of genius from Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream: Third Thursdays. Third Thursdays are a monthly collaboration between Pizza Brain, Little Baby’s, and a third local small food business where guests can come and enjoy unique pizza and ice cream flavors for one night only. This month, the third local small business is Abe Fisher, and the menu sounds awesome.
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Get any pizza for half off today | Photo via Zavino
Today, Monday, March 16th, Zavino is celebrating the first birthday of its University City location with half-price pizzas there and at their original Midtown Village locale.
Available for all dine-in guest throughout lunch and dinner, guests will be able to choose any of the pizzas for half off (limit one per person).
Zavino – University City [Foobooz]
Zavino – Midtown Village [Foobooz]
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 »
Not 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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A 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.
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