Fitler Dining Room Is Hosting a Wine Dinner

Photo by Mike Persico

Photo by Mike Persico

On Friday, April 25th, Fitler Dining Room is inviting winemaker and sommelier Nicola Biscardo of Nicola Biscardo Selections and ConExport Italy in for a special seven-course dinner. The dinner will feature Biscardo’s wine from various regions of Italy. Fitler’s executive chef, Robert Marzinsky will pair these wines with an impressive spring menu that includes bacon rabbit loin, sorrel-stuffed lamb belly and of course ramps. The pasta dish alone just screams spring.

Ramp spaghetti, peekytoe crab, bottarga, sea urchin butter, breadcrumbs, baked nettle cavatelli, wild watercress, full nettle jack cheese, semolina gnocchi, lamb ragu valley shepherd pepato

There will only be one seating at 7 p.m. and dinner is $190 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Fitler at 215-732-3331.

Fitler Dining Room Nicola Biscardo Wine Dinner (PDF)

Fitler Dining Room [Foobooz]

Where We’re Eating: Tria Taproom

The team behind Tria Cafe has opened a pizza-and-beer joint. That would be one way to describe Tria Taproom, but not a particularly apt one. The Taproom offers flatbreads, not pizzas. A co-worker wondered if the only difference was pretense, but from my point of view, the Tria team can call them whatever they want as long as they keep making them, whether topped with burrata, balsamic onions and lemon zest or gorgonzola, duck confit and foie gras mousse. The Taproom lives up to its name as well, with 24 beers on tap from a system that’s one part work of art and one part peek into the future. The tap handles are mounted on an illuminated marble backsplash. iPad-based menus describe the beers, which come from Norway, Nebraska and Downingtown. The iPads also illustrate just how much beer remains in the keg, so you’ll always know when one is getting down to the dregs. The wine program is also entirely on draft—a system that promises fresher-tasting wines and incidentally befuddles the city inspectors trying to enforce Philly’s mandatory recycling program: What do you mean there’s no waste? Since this is a Tria operation, cheese, the third fermentable, plays a part on the menu, with options ranging from Approachable to Racy—which is an altogether accurate description of what you get at Tria Taproom.

Tria Taproom [Foobooz]

First appeared in the April, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

The Checkup: How to Shop for Wine Like a Total Pro

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• If there’s one habit we health nuts can all justify in spades, it’s sipping the semi-regular glass of wine (or two). But am I the only one who feels lost at the wine store? Check out these pro-level wine-shopping tips for finding the good stuff and avoiding stinkers. [Men's Health]

• Actress Emma Watson could be teaching your next yoga class. [Blisstree]

• Why you should crack open a beer and … marinate your meat? [Women's Health]

• There are seven new gluten-free foods on the market that are actually worth trying. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

• It’s about time: Philly finally has a hospital-recovery center for the homeless. [Daily News]

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Paradiso Celebrates Ten Years

 

paradiso-dining-room-940Paradiso was one of the pioneers on East Passyunk that launched the stretch into the dining destination that it is today. And the Italian restaurant and wine bar is celebrating a decade in existence with ten events throughout the year.

It all starts tonight with Drinking Italy: Wines of Piedmont. Chef/Restaurateur and soon-to-be sommelier Lynn Rinaldi will be joined by Artisan Wine reps and will be pouring three wines from Piedmont. The three full pours will be complemented by three house-cured meats and artisan cheeses. The combination is just $20.10 and kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

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Pennsylvania Doesn’t Drink That Much Wine, Comparatively

We here in Pennsylvania may be lushes — after all, Philadelphia alone bought over $59 million in wine and $51 million in vodka in 2012.

But that really wasn’t that much: According to a report from Business Insider using data from the Beverage Information Group, Pennsylvania drinks just 5.6 liters of wine per capita — ranking it 37th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia on the list. Alabama drinks more wine than we do!

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Wine and Jazz at the Cambridge Tonight

Alex Barchini will be performing.

Alex Barchini will be performing.

From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, March 26th, the Cambridge is hosting a Wine and Jazz Mixer. There will be live jazz from the Alexa Barchini Trio and special pricing on wines picked out by Moore Brothers Wine Co.

During the event, complimentary butlered hors d’oeuvres will be passed around. And being that it is the Cambridge and they can’t go without beer, Dogfish Head Noble Rot, a saison-esque beer brewed with Viognier and Pinot Gris grapes.

The Cambridge [Foobooz]

Last Week for Discounted Wine + Food Festival Tickets

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Philadelphia magazine’s Wine + Food Festival is set for Saturday, May 10th. This year, the party will be at a new location, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

The event offers more than 600 wines to sample plus food from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants.

Buy your tickets now and save on every ticket. The Early Bird sale ends on Friday, March 28th at 11:59 p.m.

Wine + Food Festival [Philadelphia Magazine]
Wine + Food Festival Tickets [EventBrite]

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