Jeff Michaud and Michael Schulson Are Opening a Pasta Restaurant in Rittenhouse

The first new collab between the Osteria partners will be Via Locusta, serving pastas made from local grains.

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Jeff Michaud (L) and Michael Schulson

Chef Jeff Michaud and restaurateur Michael Schulson partnered up to save Osteria from the Urban Outfitters chopping block back a year and a half ago, refreshing the space and the menu to give the Italian concept on North Broad a new life. Now, they’re working together to open Via Locusta, a new pasta concept in Rittenhouse.

The restaurant will be located at 1723 Locust Street. It’s in the same building as Parc, with an entrance across from the Prime Rib; Schulson teased that he’d be opening something in the property in an interview with Foobooz last year. The restaurateur and his business partner-slash-wife Nina Tinari will work with Home Studios, their collaborators on grand red gravy throwback Giuseppe & Sons, to design the space.

Via Locusta will serve pastas, made in house using fresh-milled, locally sourced flour and accessorized with seasonal produce from Pennsylvania farms. Ed Pinello, who worked most recently as chef de cuisine at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, will serve as executive chef.

The menu will include sharing plates and a few larger dishes in addition to fresh pastas, along with Italian-style breads made with local grains by Schulson Collective head baker Dave Cruz. Cocktails at the bar will reflect the kitchen’s local and seasonal ethos.

No word yet on an opening date.