Photo courtesy Neal Santos
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.
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.
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On Thursday nights Zavino uncorks a three liter bottle of wine and pour it out by the glass. Hurry over to get your fill.
The construction is complete but it still looks like three to six weeks before American Sardine Bar opens at 18th and Federal as John Longacre’s bar waits on its inspections.
Flying Carpet has just opened at 19th and Poplar. The cafe opens early and stays open late serving coffee, alcohol and a menu of international tapas. [Meal Ticket]
In the former Mew Gallery at 906 Christian Street we spotted a sign for Al Zaytouna Restaurant coming soon. Watch here for more information on this Middle Eastern spot.
We’re extremely excited for the opening ofÂ BabyÂ Blues in University City. The West Coast barbecue joint is opening to the public on October 8th. According to Michael Klein there are some private parties the week before (we’re sure our invite is in the mail). [The Insider]
Meal Ticket takes a look insideÂ Watkins Drinkery taking photos of food, pool tables and the starscape ceiling. [Meal Ticket]
General Lafayette Inn and Brewery has closed but the story isn’t that straightforward. The brewery lives on under the name Copper Crow Beer and an agreement of sale for the restaurant is in hand paving the way for a reopening in short order, maybe. [Jack Curtin's Liquid Diet]
Jake’s Sandwich Board rolls out new fall menu. [Meal Ticket]
Jet Wine Bar continues to progress. Their web site sports a shot of their quite-fancy restroom. [Jet Wine Bar]
Matt White, formerly of SeaBlue at the Borgata is the new chef at Zavino. Also of note, you can now order a Zavino pizza from Bar,Â next door on Sansom Street. [Meal Ticket]
Jolly’s Crab House is aiming for a December opening. [Meal Ticket]
Kildare’s King of Prussia location will be shutting its doors this Sunday as Dave Magrogan was unable to secure a new lease. [The Insider]
Chef Steve Gonzalez is out at Zavino. His pastas were praised as much as any of his pizzas. [Meal Ticket]
Susan Schlisman’s (Devil’s Alley, Smokin’ Betty’s, Sam’s in Wynnewood) Sam’s Grill in Jenkintown has closed. [The Insider]
PrivÃ© has closed in Old City. Nama, a sushi spot is set to replace the Mediterranean restaurant and lounge. Michael Klein has details on the eviction. [Meal Ticket | The Insider]
Zavino is now offering food and beverage pairings Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Tonight getÂ Fried Green Tomato with olive tapenade and Mozzarella paired with a Troegs Sunshine Pilsner for $8.