Food & Drink

Philly Restaurants Offering DIY Meal Kits That’ll Ease You Into This Whole Home Cooking Thing

Frozen soup dumplings, pasta kits, and pupusas are among the offerings of DIY restaurant meals available for pick-up or delivery.


Photo courtesy of Wood Street Pizza

Restaurants continue to evolve to give us what we want, whether that means food delivered prepared to your door, or a kit of ingredients to allow you to cook a fresh meal in your own kitchen. These restaurants know there are just some dishes that don’t do well for delivery – pasta and dumplings among them – and they’ve adapted to offer diners kits to prepare these dishes at home. Whether you need something to do with your children (or your self), or if you’re tired of eating out of plastic delivery containers, these restaurants are here to help.

Fiorella 
Vetri’s pasta bar opened up just a few weeks before the crisis hit, with big lines and long waits for the 12-seat pasta bar. Now, they’re capitalizing on that excitement by offering take-home pasta kits with extruded pastas and fresh sauces, then watch Marc Vetri himself show you how to cook them on Instagram.

Get it: Orders go live here at 9 a.m and sell out quick. Wednesday – Saturday. Pickup at Fiorella 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the same day.

Barbuzzo
If you’re ready for grilling season, grab one of Barbuzzo’s backyard BBQ kits, which has all the fixing for 4 burgers. They’ve also got pizza kits, which includes ingredients for two cheese pizzas.

Get it: Order for delivery via Caviar, or for pick-up here. The restaurant is open for pick-up daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Pizzeria Stella
At-home pizza making is an excellent activity for kids and grownups. Get a cheese or pepperoni pizza kits from Stella, and maybe order an already-cooked pie as an appetizer.

Get it: Available for pickup by calling the restaurant, or for delivery via Caviar.

Wood Street Pizza
Wood Street is also offering pizza kits for pick-up, with dough balls, sauce and cheese for a 20-inch pie.

Get it: Call to order ahead.

Pizzeria Vetri
Order pizza kits from Pizzeria Vetri and then tune into their live pizza classes to see how to build them like a pro.

Get it: available on Caviar or here for pick-up.

A Mano
Townsend Wentz’s Italian spot is offering a rotating menu of specials, including handmade pastas and a variety of sauces to accompany the pre-made items like salads and focaccia.

Get it: Find the menu on A Mano’s Instagram account, then call 215-236-1114 to place your order for pick-up at the restaurant.

Cry Baby Pasta
Chicken rigatoni, campanile with arugula pesto, and casarecce with truffle artichoke ragu are among the offerings for take-and-boil pasta kits available at Cry Baby. Pair with vegetable sides and a butterscotch budino.

Get it: Order for takeout or delivery here.

Baology, El Merkury, Jezabel’s Cafe
Baology owner Judy Ni has partnered with  El Mercury and Jezabel’s cafe to offer delivery out in the suburbs. They’re all offering a variety of cooked and frozen foods, plus prepared vegetables, desserts and other sides. You can put them together into a full meal or just choose a couple of items to add to your own cooking.

Get it: For immediate pick-up, call 215-999-2263 or use Caviar Tuesday-Saturday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Consult this page for information about each restaurant’s menu.

Dim Sum Garden
Cooked soup dumplings aren’t great for delivery, since they tend to cool down and burst before they reach you. But we still need our fix, so Dim Sum Garden is offering their handmade dumplings in frozen form so you can cook them anytime.

Get it: Find the menu here, then call or email your order with 24 hours notice.

Trattoria Carina
Basil pesta and chicken ragu are both available in fresh pasta packs from Trattoria Carina, alongside a variety of already cooked pastas.

Get it: order for pick-up or delivery through Caviar.

Messina Social Club
Messina has a pretty large variety of pasta and sauce pairs available on their site, including pastrami bolognese and ramp, pea and hazelnut pistou. Each kit comes with 12 ounces of pasta and enough sauce for that portion, meant to serve two. Add-ons include meatballs, roast chicken, cheese for grating, fresh ramps and dessert.

Get it: Order online for pickup or delivery on Tuesdays and Fridays. Info here.