Tonight, the owners of Zavino in Midtown Village and University City debut the opening of another restaurant right across the street.
Greg Dodge of Zavino Hospitality Group introduces Tredici Enoteca at 13th and Sansom Streets, across from its sister restaurant. The Enoteca, which means “wine repository,” will serve Mediterranean-style cuisine with a focus on an affordable and diverse Italian wine bar.
The drink selection provides premium wines by the bottle, glass, or through the cruvient, a six-bottle preserving system at the bar. Similar to a draft system, the wines will be kept fresh, temperature controlled and served by the glass.
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Starting this Monday, May 4, both Zavino locations are doing a new meatless Monday menu, featuring two courses for $15. Choices include appetizers, pastas and pizzas and includes gluten-free options for guests.
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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.
The bartenders at Garces Trading Company know what they are doing, and their happy hour is a perfect time to test out the wide variety of drinks the restaurant offers, plus sample their amazing wine selection. The newly-expanded bar means that there's room for everyone, plus the awesome food deals will satisfy any appetite: I love the $5 Margherita flatbread and the house-made mozzarella. Happy hour Monday-Friday 3 to 7pm, 1111 Locust Street
One taste of the $4 edamame dumplings and you'll be hooked. The Asian-inspired eats at Sampan's 7-day-a-week happy hour are enough for you to fight for a bar seat, but the drinks are also amazing: There's a rotating cocktail on special every night, plus a ton of other wines and beers to wash down the ridiculously cheap (but amazing) food selections. The tofu lettuce wraps are my favorite, and who can pass up the little, bitty soft serve ice cream cones at the end of your meal? Happy hour 7 days a week 4 to 7pm, 124 South 13th Street
Let's get this out of the way: You do not have to be vegan to fall in love with Vedge, and if you're in the mood for a well-crafted cocktail, this is the place to be. They do rotate their happy hour drink selections frequently, but the gin buck is pretty awesome. Also, you must get the Korean seitan taco (trust me on this one), and I'll bet you'll be ordering more than one after you taste it. Happy hour Monday-Friday 5 to 7 pm, 1221 Locust Street
You honestly won't mind squeezing into the tiny, quaint bar at Zavino during their happy hour: The best pizza in the hood is only $8 and is made fresh before your eyes in a brick oven. There are also a ton of wine and beer specials to wash down those carbs, and the friendly, warm, and cozy environment is a great place to take a date. Happy hour Monday-Friday 4:30-6:30 pm, 112 South 13th Street
Sure, Valanni isn't "gay" so to speak, but it seems to attract just about everyone in the hood for their happy hour specials: half-off speciality drinks and wines by the glass, $5 you call it, and $3 Yuenglings, plus an assortment of tasty tapas. The cucumber martini is my go-to weapon of choice, plus the people watching and awesome dance beats make this the early evening spot to be seen. Happy hour Monday-Friday 4:30-7 pm, Saturday 12 to 3 pm, 1229 Spruce Street
Get any pizza for half off today | Photo via Zavino
Today, Monday, March 16th, Zavino is celebrating the first birthday of its University City location with half-price pizzas there and at their original Midtown Village locale.
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).
Zavino – University City [Foobooz]
Zavino – Midtown Village [Foobooz]
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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.
Everybody loves brunch, right?
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.
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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.
As always, follow Zavino on Twitter or like them on Facebook in order to stay in the loop on daily specials and whatnot.
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.
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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.
Up next should be Joe Beddia’s Pizzeria Beddia on East Girard Avenue in Fishtown which was aiming for late February last time we checked. It might be time for a new pizza package.