Spaghetti and meatballs at Little Nonna’s | Photo by Jason Varney
Trey Popp finds that Marcie Turney has breathed new life into red-gravy Italian at Little Nonna’s.
Just to be safe, though, order the polenta and meatballs to share; Turney packs her cornmeal with enough cream, taleggio, fontina and parmesan to put the most shameless cheese grits to shame. And you’ll want to have room at dinner’s far end for pastry chef Sara May’s spumoni, which ditches the usual neon palette in favor of a moody sundae richly muddled with roasted cherries, chocolate pizzelles and pistachio-olive oil.
Three Stars – Excellent
Restaurant Review: Next-Level Comfort Food at Little Nonna’s [Philadelphia Magazine]
Little Nonna’s [Foobooz]
Little Nonna’s, the red-gravy restaurant from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran opens to the public tonight and we’ve got the menus. So check out what you’ll be eating, from “Big Mama’s Meatballs” to Grilled Swordfish Oreganata.
Reservations are available by calling 215-546-2100.
Little Nonna’s Dinner Menu (PDF)
Little Nonna’s Drinks and Wine Menu (PDF)
Little Nonna’s Dessert Menu (PDF)
Little Nonna’s [Official Site]
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran have set September 4th as the opening date for their “red-sauce” inspired Little Nonna’s. This is the fourth restaurant and seventh business along 13th Street for the pair. Little Nonna’s will seat 37, forty more seats will be available in the outdoor courtyard and will focus on the strong traditions of Italian-American cooking. Look for satisfying staples of “Sunday gravy” and homemade meatballs. Chef Turney even plans to add to her menu by inviting guests to share their own signature dishes via recipe cards on each table. Turney will choose her favorites to feature on the menu.
In addition to the traditional Italian-American classics, look for an all Italian wine list and Italian cocktails including the iconic Negroni. Little Nonna’s version will be served in a mason jar with one big block of ice. We’ll have the full menu early next week.
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Lolita is now officially closed for renovations and the restaurant is selling its chairs, glasses and plates. In addition to the bargain furnishings and tableware from Lolita, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran will also be offering 50% off items from Verde and Open House.
The sale starts at noon and runs till 6:30 p.m.
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Lolita will be open through Saturday, August 24th before closing for major renovations.
The Mexican restaurant from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran has been a mainstay on 13th for ten years. Now as the restaurant enters its second decade, it will reopen with a new direction.
A new menu will be inspired by Mexican street food. Think tacos, tortas, tamales and even items that don’t begin with the letter “T.” And before everyone freaks out, the carne asada will stay on the menu.
The new Lolita will also include a liquor license and small bar. As you might guess, margaritas will be a major part of the new drink menu.
Clear your schedules for Monday, August 12 (and probably the morning after, too) because for one night only, from 10pm ’til 1am, Lee from Hop Sing is going to descend on Marcie Turney and Val Safran’s Jamonera for a party.
Hop Sing will be doing the cocktails (natch) and Turney’s kitchen crew will be doing “Marcie’s late night staff snacks” for all in attendance. The price tag is modest with bar snacks going for just $5, cocktails running $10 each (which, if you know the kind of liquor Lee slings, is just ridiculously cheap) and wine, sangria and beers going for $5, $4 and $3, respectively.
What else do we know? No gate. No dress code. And no photos, so leave the cell phones in your pockets.
But hey, this will probably be more fun than anyone should be allowed to have on a Monday so maybe photographic evidence might not be the best idea anyhow…
Little Nonna’s–Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney‘s Midtown Village ode to the classic red sauce neighborhood Italian ristorante–is scheduled to open the doors this August. But because they’re smart, they’ve been teasing us all throughout the construction and testing process with photos and stories about how things are coming together.
Now, though, they’ve gone one step further. They’ve produced a nice little video which gives a feel for the place, the food, the drinks and, most important, the vibe of their little 37-seater.
Think of it like a trailer–a preview of what’s to come. And tell me that watching it doesn’t make you crave a bottle of lambrusco, a plate of spaghetti and a warm evening to spend with them.
Little Nonna’s preview video, right this way
Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney are featured in a New York Times story about the transformation of 13th Street.
Little Nonna’s, the Italian restaurant by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran is aiming to open in late July. Here’s a snap of the kitchen, subway tiles, pots, pans and some vintage market finds they’ve already picked up.
So we’ve been wondering for a while now what, exactly, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran were going to do with the space-formerly-known-as-Fish at 1234 Locust Street. We knew they’d taken the address to add to their already significant 13th Street holdings. We knew that work there had already begun, and that a lot of it was focusing around the kitchen area. But what we didn’t know was what, exactly, the to of them had planned for the space.
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