Drew Lazor takes umbrage to the premise that you cannot get
good pizza in Philadelphia in his cover story in today’s City Paper. Lazor winds his way through Philadelphia’s best pizza haunts collecting opinions and theories galore on pizza in Philadelphia.
Waiting for Good Dough [City Paper]
Kelly White-Phillips gets intoÂ
Adsum early and enjoys several of the cocktails and the Kool-Aid pickled watermelon. [ Living on the Vedge]
Two Eat Philly also gets toÂ Adsum for an early look-see. [ Two Eat Philly]
It’s the height of summer veggie season andÂ
Zavino has the specials to prove it. And the 13th and Sansom pizza and wine bar is also offering homemade sodas. [ The Secret is Salt]
Midtown Lunch says the King of Falafel cart really is just that. [ Midtown Lunch]
An Empty Fridge findsÂ Fat Salmon is a pleasant surprise. [ An Empty Fridge]
Table Matters heads north and finds perfection at Tierra Colombiana. [ Table Matters]
Fidel Gastro raves about the lobster burger that’s currently being served up at P.Y.T. [ Fidel Gastro]
Down to Earth wine snob Maria Valetta finds her perfect beer bar, the
Coffee Bar inside the Warwick. [ SipsBitesandSites]
Photo by Michael Persico
Zavino chef Steve Gonzalez has added a selection of house-made sodas to its offerings.
Vanilla, steeped with real vanilla beans
Lemon-Lime, a bright citrus-y concoction
Blood Orange, slightly sweet and full-flavored
Rhubarb, an unusual, tart soda
Sodas are made to order with fruit juice (or house-made vanilla extract), sugar and sparkling water and served in a one-liter milk jug for $4.
Photo of La Rosa Pizza by Philly Phoodie
Pizzeria Stella’s expansion is due to open today. The former pilates studio has been transformed into a bar area plus additional seating for the popular 2nd and Lombard pizzeria. All-tolled it’s an additional 40 seats available. [ The Insider]
Rocket Cat CafÃ© its the opening of “ Give Pizza a Chance,” an entirely pizza themed art exhibit. [ Meal Ticket]
Living on the Vedge eats the Kennet pizza at Zavino. [ Living on the Vedge]
La Rosa Pizza gets another devotee as Philly Phoodie discovers the wonders of these square pies, one topped with pepperoni, onions and mushrooms, the second a split between their famous potato pie and half sausage and green pepper. [ Philly Phoodie]
Midtown Lunch has been profiling pizza on Thursdays. Last week they even tried Mama Angelina’s at 13th and Locust sober! [ Midtown Lunch: Philly]
We can’t say we’re about to sprint over to Columbus, New Jersey to try pizza from
Columbus Pizza, but we guess, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. [ Phoodie]
Craig LaBan finds the nightly specials to be the real treat at Zavino but what does he say about the pizza?
But I’m not on the Zavino-as-Pizza-King bandwagon quite yet. In my ever-evolving scale of micro-ratings between the “good” and the “great,” Zavino’s pies are still not quite on par with those at Stella or Osteria. They have a pliantly soft Neapolitan-style puff that could benefit from a hint more crusty snap. The array of toppings, while built on such quality elements as Claudio’s mozzarella and Kennett Square mushrooms, is limited and predictable. The bright Stanislaus tomato sauce is milled a bit too chunky for my tastes, then ladled on too thick.
The mushroom pie with bÃ©chamel was surprisingly bland. The minimalist “Rosa” was overwhelmed by too many singed leaves of whole oregano. The “polpettini” pizza was easily Zavino’s best, with soft veal meatballs rolling amid molten clouds of fresh mozzarella in a zesty variation on the basil-topped Margherita (which was also great).
Zavino [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Zavino [Official Site]
Craig LaBan tries another of Philadelphia’s new better pizza spots. How will the Inquirer rate the Washington Square West’s Zavino.
How Many Bells for Zavino?
2 Bells - Very Good
(53%, 100 Votes) 3 Bells - Excellent
(26%, 50 Votes) 1 Bell - Hit-or-Miss
(16%, 30 Votes) 0 Bells - Poor
(3%, 5 Votes) 4 Bells - Superior
(2%, 4 Votes)
The ‘za might only rank be third in the list of reasons to head to Zavino. It’s the pasta that has Trey Popp praising.
First, though, let’s qualify that praise. There’s nothing precious or fussy about these $8 and $9 plates â€” which are smaller than your standard entrÃ©e, but definitely bigger than a snack â€” so don’t come in expecting to find shredded scallop meat reconstituted into post-modern “spaghetti.” That doesn’t play in a bar kitchen that boasts a whopping six burners. But Gonzalez has turned that limitation into a virtue, drawing on his whole-animal cooking philosophy to turn out some of the best down-home noodle dishes in town.
Pie Piper [City Paper]
Zavino [Official Site]
Adam Erace reviews
Zavino, Midtown Village’s new pizza trattoria and he finds some Philadelphia’s best pizza plus some other surprises like house-made headcheese ravioli. But it’s the pizza you’ll come for.
My pies sported leopard-spotted bottoms and sooty edges that gave way to Claudioâ€™s provolone dotted with ricotta-leavened veal meatballs (the Polpettini); earthy local mushrooms sunk into bÃ©chamel (the Kennett); and every so often, a delicate blistered air bubble. Gonzalezâ€™s favorite pieâ€”and mineâ€”is also Zavinoâ€™s simplest: the Rosa, a layer of crushed tomatoes embellished with nothing more than grated Parmiggiano, fruity extra-virgin and fresh oregano. In Italian, â€œrosaâ€ means â€œpink,â€ and it tickled me that way.
Zavino [Philadelphia Weekly]
Zavino [Official Site]
This week inÂ
Philadelphia Magazineâ€™s Restaurant Club Newsletter.
Sneak Peek: April Reviews
Joy Manning finds some special things at both Amis and Zavino
Spring Holiday Dining Guide
Passover and Easter are right around the corner. If you plan on spending these holidays out of the kitchen, weâ€™ve got restaurant suggestions for you.
Our Very Own Cake Boss
The pastry team at Lacroix has been asked to make some pretty crazy cakes over the years â€” and they are all exquisite.
Restaurant Club Newsletter [Philadelphia Magazine]
34th Street finds that Marc Vetri’s latest lives up to its hype and delivers a meal that will have your friends loving you for suggesting it. [ 34th Street]
The Beer Lass visited Amis last week and wound up rubbing elbows with Philadelphia chefs who are pumped the full menu is served till 1am. [
Living on the Vedge hits Amis on a Sunday night and is a bit inundated by olive oil but offers tips for what to order next time. [ Living on the Vedge] Green Eggs Cafe
Drawing for Food is willing to overlook a few missteps when the spot is as clean and comfy as Green Eggs Cafe. [ Drawing for Food]
The Beer Lass is even more enthusiastic about Green Eggs Cafe, calling it “perhaps South Philly’s best breakfast.” [
Beer Lass] Zavino
Two Eat Philly visits Zavino and finds the best deal they’ve found in Philly. [ Two Eat Philly]
Mac & Cheese can’t pick a winner between Zavino and Stella but that isn’t a bad thing. [
Mac & Cheese]
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