One of the coolest things about the Philly Gayborhood is the fact that it is infused with so many other “straight” businesses, so to speak. Sure, we have a ton of gay bars, but there are also great eateries that cater to anyone who wants a fantastic cocktail and a delicious bite to eat. We rounded up our picks of five great places in the Gayborhood to grab happy hour that aren’t gay bars, but given their proximity in the ‘hood, you’ll be joined by plenty of great company as you wash down some tasty nibbles with a cocktail or two.
Available for all dine-in guest throughout lunch and dinner, guests will be able to choose any of the pizzas for half off (limit one per person).
For those of you who maybe just parted with a fast $250 to secure your place at the table for the Vetri / Morimoto collaboration dinner, here’s something that might take the sting away–a nice, cheap dinner at Zavino.
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of their Midtown Village location, all of the Zavino restaurants are going to be offering $5 pizzas and $5 glasses of wine on Monday, January 12, from 11am to close. Any of the pizzas on chef Carlos Aparicio‘s menu are fair game, and the house will be offering two reds and two whites at $5 a glass.
Well, starting this Saturday, October 4th, Zavino in University City will begin serving its weekly brunch menu, available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
Complete with $4 Mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys, the brunch will also have a Make-Your-Own Mimosa Bar. Guests can also get their morning back on track with the fresh-juiced Hangover Cure for $5, featuring kale, cucumber, apple and ginger juices. The brunch will feature chef Carlos Aparicio’s full menu of Italian fare, complemented by a selection of new brunch additions.
Brunch dishes will change frequently to reflect the freshest ingredients, but will likely include stuff like bacon and egg pizza with habanero cheddar, bacon, eggs and sofrito; a breakfast calzone with eggs, sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions; a Frittata of the Day, prepared with farm-fresh ingredients; ricotta pancakes with seasonal fruit; homemade brioche french toast with maple-walnut syrup; and cinnamon rolls baked fresh to order.
Dishes will range in price from $8 to $16.
They’ve had a few weeks to get their legs under them, but now the crew at the new Zavino at Chestnut Square is ramping things up with longer hours and a new happy hour program.
First, the food and booze. Happy Hour deals will be constantly changing depending on the whims of chef Carlos Aparicio, his guys on the line and the staff behind the bar. But from 4:30 to 6:30 every day, look for things like “Bartender’s Choice” cocktails, $3 beers, $4 wines by the glass, $7 margherita pizzas, a variety of croquets, cheeses and veggies, and a $5 plate of meatballs that I kinda want right now.
In terms of service, Zavino is now offering lunch and dinner every day.
After a long wait, the new, second location for Zavino will be debuting this Saturday at Chestnut Square in University City (3200 Chestnut Street). The new address is three times the size of the Center City original, with an expanded menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, charcuterie–all the same stuff as is done at the Zavino mothership only, you know, more.
To wit, chef Carlos Aparicio is opening with a bunch of specials on the board like The Joey, with Berkshire pork sausage, mozzarella, crushed tomato, spinach, garlic, chili flakes and provolone; a rock shrimp pizza with habanero cheddar, mozzarella, rock shrimp, red pepper salsa and chili oil; and The Stache–a whole wheat crust topped with pistachio pesto, mozzarella, parmesan, lemon vinaigrette and baby arugula. His crew will also be knocking out hand-made pastas, and using the bigger kitchen to do steaks, Amish chickens with smoked eggplant puree and whole fish of the day. And yet, the menu will be topping out around twenty bucks–which, in that neighborhood, ain’t too bad.
A server who gets her customers laughing has them right where she wants them, but the bartender at Zavino had an unfair advantage on a recent Monday afternoon.
“Would you like a table?” she asked as I strolled in.
“Maybe I’ll just sit at the bar,” I said.
“Okay,” she replied brightly, filling a water glass as I parked my backside. “There’s just one thing you should know. Our pizza oven isn’t working. So everything from here down”—she held her hand across the middle of the menu—“isn’t available at the moment.”
“You had me at isn’t working,” I answered—or would have, if my wit were quicker. As it’s not, I chuckled, took in an explanation about weird wiring that occasionally knocks the za out of Zavino, and ordered what I’d come for in the first place. Because truth be told, the pizza at Zavino doesn’t really work for me no matter how hot the oven is—but the pasta is another story entirely.
Just this month we’ve had Bufad officially open, plus the announcement of Pizzeria Vetri and Kermit’s Bake Shop. Then we discovered that Tria was getting into pizza with Tria Taproom on Walnut Street.
Yesterday Michael Klein reported that part of Kings Oak has been carved off and turned into Pizza Bar. Today, the news is that Zavino is going into the Chestnut Square complex at 3200 Chestnut Street right along side Shake Shack, Zama and Joe Coffee.
Zavino has rolled out their new fall menu. It’s good to see the 13th and Sansom wine bar and pizzeria is rolling with the seasons. Of particular note is the wild boar garganelli small plate and the green apple pizza. But the pizza we want most right this very second, the delicious sounding Diavalo with spicy pepperoni, fior di latte, crushed tomato chili flakes, oregano and parmigiano reggiano. The heat just appeals to us right now.
On Thursday nights Zavino uncorks a three liter bottle of wine and pour it out by the glass. Hurry over to get your fill.