Kanella’s Konstantinos Pitsillides Cooks the Classics Every Tuesday

French classics in a Cypriot kitchen? Sure, why not.

Maybe he’s bored, or maybe he’s just good ol’ Konstantinos Pitsillides keeping it wacky, but the fiery Cypriot behind some of the city’s best Greek-Cypriot kitchens (Kanella, Kanella Grill) is launching a Tuesday night dinner series, called Chef Cooks Classic Tuesday, where he features a seemingly old-school menu item on special paired with a 3 oz wine accompaniment of the bar’s choosing (included into the price of the entree). Apparently, it’s a passion project.

At some point in Pitsillides’s culinary journey, he cooked in some of the U.K.’s finest restaurants, many of them French and Michelin-starred like Chez Nico, La Tante Claire, and Connaught Hotel. When he arrived in Philly, he continued to roll French at Bistro Saint Tropez (now closed) and Patou (now Fire & Ice).

In its first week, he went with a vintage Steak Diane, and tonight, it’s sea bass in fish velouté with fresh sorrel, morels, and turned potatoes. Pair it with a French sauvignon. Pitsillides’s wife and Kanella co-owner Caroline Christian told us, “He just loves the ’50s-to-’80s classic cuisine. And since Tuesdays aren’t our busiest nights, it gives him a chance to play around and experiment.” Plus, it won’t be just French — next week he’s planning a Hungarian goulash. 

So if you’re craving the classics, tonight, and every Tuesday moving forward, is the time to hit up Kanella South.