Kanella’s Konstantinos Pitsillides Cooks the Classics Every Tuesday
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.