Molto Molto: Gran Caffè L’Aquila Reviewed

Spaghetti carbonara | Photo by Ryan Scott

Spaghetti carbonara | Photo by Ryan Scott

Pretend you’ve been led into a new restaurant wearing a blindfold. We’re playing a game: When I uncover your eyes, you try to piece together enough clues to guess what sort of place we’re in. Go! The 24-flavor gelato counter would give it away too easily, so I yank the blindfold a few steps beyond it. Your eyes fall on a white wall lined with bottles of Campari and Martini dry vermouth. Fresh espresso hits your nose just as a Serie A soccer rerun steals your gaze. You look around. The place is choked with waiters rocking natty short-brim fedoras of a sort most often found atop comic-strip gangsters (but apparently resurgent in Milan). A montage of touristic photos and factoids loops on a second TV — tidbits about Venice and Rome alternating with Maserati commercials. Read more »

V Street Starts Brunch

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V Street is now serving brunch.

Brunch begins this weekend at V Street. Of course one brunch staple that won’t be on the menu at Rich Landau’s and Kate Jacoby’s vegan restaurant is eggs. But with dishes like Togarashi Home Fries; Pho Spiced Mushrooms and Biscuit; and Waffles with Ponzu Maple Syrup you won’t go wonting.

And since brunch is just breakfast without booze, V Street is offering a special breakfast cocktail of La Luchadora (tequila, tomato, house grenadine and hot sauce). And to get the day going, there will also be Horchata Iced Coffee.
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Revolution Taco Coming to Rittenhouse Square

Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse

Carolyn Nguyen at Dish It Up | Photo via Women Against Abuse

Food truckers Mike Sultan, Carolyn Nguyen (Street Food Philly and Taco Mondo) and Alan Krawitz (Say Cheese) are partnering up to create Revolution Taco. The brick-and-mortar taco/burrito spot just won zoning approval at 2015 Walnut Street.

Attendees to the recently held Women Against Abuse’s Dish It Up event were able to taste Nguyen’s ability, as she won this year’s Purple Dish Award with a heckuva taco.

The zoning approval clears the way for the opening of the 30-seat BYOB. The trio is aiming for a grand opening in Mid-Summer.

Revolution Taco [Foobooz]

House vs. House: Rittenhouse Square Neighbors Edition

All TREND images via Redfin

All TREND images via Redfin

So they’re not technically on the same street, but given that you can get to 1725 Lombard from Addison Street (it’s part of Addison Mews so an easement allows for this), not to mention they’re almost back-to-back location, we think it’s safe to deem these two neighbors. Here’s what each has to offer:

1725 Lombard is in possession of a three-story stairwell with a skylight, landscaped brick patio, and renovated kitchen with mahogany cabinets, granite tops, and stainless steel appliances. Its open floor plan living area comes with a working fireplace and there are two rooms with a refurbished bathroom on the second floor. The third level contains two more rooms, one of which is the master suite with a brand new custom-designed bathroom (it has a walk-in shower and radian heat flooring). A full basement is also available.

1737 Addison comes with parking and many of its original features have been refinished, including its original random-width hardwood floors. Then, like the Lombard home, it has outside rear access from its lower level where there’s a guest bedroom and office/den area (a wood-burning fireplace is here too). The dining room has deck access (and a second fireplace) and another office is on the third floor, along with a laundry area and master bedroom with skylight, wall of energy-efficient windows, and newer bathroom. A custom-built wine storage area is on the main floor. Read more »

Spotted on Spruce: Six-Bedroom Brownstone Relisted for $450,000 Less

Images via Listhub

Images via Listhub

Jetted blue tub aside, this home feels ready-made for a period film starring Kate Winslet, naturally, and Bradley Cooper in his first stab at an early 20th-century piece dealing with the lurid entanglements of Philadelphia’s high society. In other words, it’s a pretty fancy house. (Also, if you laughed at my latter casting choice, the Academy has nominated the guy for acting three times. You’re telling me he couldn’t do it? Pshaw!)

If the home seems familiar, that’s because we featured it last April in a Brownstone vs. Brownstone showdown. Back then it was listed for over $2.2. million, followed by an August removal from the market. Now it’s been relisted for $1.78 million. Know any production companies ready to shoot a prequel to a retelling of the Stanford White murder? His killer, Harry K. Thaw, lived three blocks up from this very residence, which could serve as Thaw’s home in this imaginary movie, am I right?

In any case, here are the home’s specifics:

Rittenhouse Renovation by Adam Zangrilli Includes Master Suite with Bonus Room

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Center City Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Center City Rittenhouse Hotel

About two-three blocks from Rittenhouse Square is this 17th Street townhouse, a home situated between Pine and Spruce that’s been appointed with, by the looks of the photos, a pristine renovation by Adam Zangrilli of Zangrilli Design – Build.

Granite envelopes the kitchen’s island and counter tops, while the custom cabinetry is made of solid cherry wood, and stainless steel appliances boast manufacturers like Dacor and Bosch. Each of the three bedrooms has the luxury of having an en-suite bathroom, but it’s the master suite that lucked out: full floor bedroom, exposed brick, walk-in closet, a “spa-style” bathroom, plus, a small bonus room (might we suggest a potential office? newborn nursery room?).  Up on the third floor is one of the washer/dryer sets (the other is in the dry unfinished basement). Additional info and parking details below.

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Art Lovers Are Moving Out of This Rittenhouse Condo. Anyone Interested?

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach - CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach – CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

If property records are up to date, then the lawyer duo who bought this home back in late 2009 are now parting ways with their art-filled condo at 1900 Rittenhouse (Seriously, we don’t remember the last time we actually saw genuine artwork hanging in a bathroom, as opposed to, you know, a stock landscape image from IKEA or something.)

The unit offers over 2,000 square feet of space and is comprised of a living room with fireplace, newer kitchen, two bedroom suites, and dining space. And who knows, perhaps you can even talk someone into letting you have that Warhol Grace Kelly print? It may or may not be real, but given that this place is going for $1,725,000, we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

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Ventuno Opening at 21st and Chestnut

ventuno-riverwestVictor Fellus, the owner of Mix and Victor’s Bar, is opening Ventuno, adjacent to those businesses, at the base of the Riverwest condominium at 21st and Chestnut.

According to Fellus, the restaurant is intended to open in about a month, with a menu focused on, “fun food, with 15 different homemade soups and a salad bar similar to saladworks.”

The restaurant will also serve grab-and-go style sandwiches and ice cream. Fellus said that he intends Ventuno to operate as a quick and easy lunch or dinner option for the neighborhood.

Where We’re Eating: V Street, Tuk Tuk Real and Stock

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles from V Street | Photo by Chloe Berk

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles from V Street | Photo by Chloe Berk

V Street
126  S 18th Street
Rittenhouse Square
215-278-7943

Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby aren’t the first res- taurateurs to summon night- market memories with bare bulbs strung beneath a black ceiling. But the globetrotting vegans behind Vedge have uncorked an unusually pent- up desire for street snacks at this energetic offshoot of their stately mother ship.

But eat here and you can feel how long the pressure’s been building to yank every taco and noodle bowl into the meat-and-dairy-free realm. Read more »

There Is a Single-Bedroom For Rent Near Rittenhouse Square

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND photos via Coldwell Banker Preferred

A roof deck and high speed elevator of some of the things residents in this “boutique building” on Walnut get to share, but the biggest bonus is probably its location: the residence is right off Rittenhouse Square.

This unit–no. 7–also has the added measure of brand new appliances in its quartz counter-topped kitchen. Bathrooms consist of porcelain tile flooring and shower surround, as well as wet bed shower floors.

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