Peter Serpico’s Rittenhouse Korean Restaurant Has Been Called Off

Peter Serpico in front of his restaurant, Serpico — Facebook

The last we heardPeter Serpico and Stephen Starr’s latest joint-project — a Korean restaurant that would replace Il Pittore — was “under construction.”

And while a restaurant will surely fill the space eventually, Serpico’s Korean restaurant has been nixed from the docket — at least at the 2025 Sansom Street space.

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Eat Korean Food at Serpico and Help a Philly Restaurant Worker Fight Cancer

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As tragic as it is to be diagnosed with cancer, it’s good to know you have an entire industry in your corner ready to support you in any way that it can. Philly’s Theresa Lazzari — a back-of-house pro most recently turning out pastas at Southwark and Ambra — recently had that happen to her.

And while she’s out there kicking cancer’s butt, some Queen Village restaurants are stepping up to help her out.

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One Night Only: D.C.’s Hottest Restaurant Comes To Philly

Photo via Starr Restaurants

Photo via Starr Restaurants

Quick Update: The original Instagram post had the wrong phone number. Now we’ve got the right one, plus a few more details about the meal.

We have no restaurant in Philly that’s like Rose’s Luxury. This three-year-old D.C. restaurant got tagged as the best new restaurant in America by Bon Apetit in 2014. Its chef, Aaron Silverman, does a Southern comfort food menu spiked with global influences (pork sausages with habanero and lychee, crispy squid with Yemeni hot sauce) and it is so good that people wait two, three, sometimes four hours to get a seat in the no-reservations dining room. Like, literally, wait in a line outside the front door in order to get a table.

But you wanna know some good news? Peter Serpico is doing a one-night-only collaboration dinner with Rose’s Luxury at Serpico, and you won’t have to do do anything except make a reservation.

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Checking In With Peter Serpico

Photo via Starr Restaurants

Over the past three years, one of the most dependably awesome things about Serpico on South Street has been the presence of the Cope’s corn ravioli. But now, for what I think is the first time, that dish is gone from Serpico’s new menu.

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Announcing the New 50 Best Restaurants in Philly

The new 50 Best Restaurants List | Photo by Samuel Markey

The new 50 Best Restaurants List | Photo by Samuel Markey

If it seems too soon for another 50 Best Restaurants issue, you’re right. For a long time, this list was something we put together every two years. But now that’s changing. Because it has to.

Philadelphia’s restaurant scene moves fast today—too fast for the kind of monolithic thinking that says a list of the best restaurants in this city could possibly stand, fundamentally unchanged, for two years. Fortunes rise and fall over weeks, not years. Opinions shift. Focus drifts. There was a time when a list of the best restaurants in Philly could have some breathing room—would be just as true (or nearly as true) six months or a year later as it was on the day it hit the stands. But today that sort of thinking seems as quaint as cedar-plank salmon or those bicycles with one big wheel in front—an artifact of another time.

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Leave Thanksgiving Cooking to Someone Else

Bring home this turkey and Percy Street will donate a turkey to a local food bank.

Bring home this turkey and Percy Street will donate a turkey to a local food bank.

Not looking to get that blood pressure above 120/80 or your stove above 425º, then here are some Thanksgiving suggestions for the cooking averse.

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Serpico Adds Happy Hour

Photo by Mike Persico

Serpico | Photo by Mike Persico

South Street’s Serpico has launched happy hour. From Sunday to Thursday (closed Mondays) between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the restaurant is offering all glasses of wine and specialty cocktails for $10 each. A savings of up to $5 a glass.

Chef Peter Serpico’s food gets in on the deals too, with Deep Fried Duck Leg (hoisin, cucumber, Martin’s bun), the Korean Fried Chicken Wings (chili, white sesame, kimchee), Duck Liver Mousse (caramelized beets, bone marrow, black pepper), and Wagyu Breseola (black cherry, sumac, horseradish) all for $10 each.

The deals are available throughout the restaurant, not just at the bar.

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Philly Food Scene Inspires Student Artwork

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This weekend Metropolitan Gallery 250 will showcase artwork from students in the Fresh Artists’ “Palates to Palettes” program. Designed by Philadelphia art teacher Deva Watson, the program highlights fine art and culinary art, allowing Wissahickon Charter School and Meredith Elementary School students to experience both first hand.

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Voting For Food & Wine People’s Choice Best New Chef Starts Now

Nick Elmi. You're not going to not vote for that face.

Nick Elmi. You’re not going to not vote for that face.

Food & Wine‘s fifth annual People’s Choice Best New Chef competition is officially underway, and Philly is reasonably well represented with Nicholas Elmi, Peter Serpico, and Greg Vernick all getting nominations. Voting begins today and ends April 8th, so you should probably (definitely) vote to make sure one of our boys makes it through to the finals. Do it for them. Do it for me. Do it because NO Philly chefs made the editor’s list of Best New Chefs this year. It’s your civic duty.

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