The second branch of Vetri Family’s Pizzeria Vetri opens today at 1615 Chancellor Street (between Walnut and Locust Streets). The second Pizzeria Vetri shares a lot in common with the original, though it is about 500 square feet bigger. Part of that room goes to establishing a true bar with eight seats. Another similarity is the Renato pizza oven that will pump out pizzas daily from 11 am to 11 pm (1 am on weekends).
The event kicks off at Lorenzo’s (305 South Street) at 10 pm where participants will grab their oversized piece of pizza. Then it’s a short walk to Jim’s for cheesesteaks and a Philly Taco beer. Yes, there is a Philly Taco beer. It’s the collaboration of two out-of-town brewers, Perennial Artisan Ales (St. Louis) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa). Perennial co-owner Phil Wymore met Cigar City founder Joey Redner at Philly Beer Week a few years ago. The two hit it off and after a beer soaked evening, wound up eating Philly Tacos on South Street.
SliCE is showing off its new Spring pizza by giving sliCEs away between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The samples are of the ramp and ricotta pie, made with locally sourced ramps, ricotta, mozzarella, olive oil, garlic, 1732 Meats Garlic Insanity bacon and finished with pine nuts. The pizza is available for a limited time. A small is $17.99, a large is $23.99.
SliCE has locations near Rittenhouse Square, South Philadelphia and Washington Township, NJ.
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.
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.
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.
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.