October 6, 2011 |
Thomas Anastasi of the Anastasi Seafood family of South Philly's Italian Market has gone out to Montgomery County, opening the white-tablecloth Pescatore BYOB (134 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, 610-660-9400). The Restaurant School-trained Anastasi, who previously owned Thomas in Moorestown, is keeping entrees on his Italian menu under $25; naturally, seafood predominates, and he makes his own ravioli, gnocchi, fettuccine, pappardelle, and tortellini. It's open for dinner Wednesdays through Mondays.
May 15, 2015 |
Triangle reopens A deep cleaning is the obvious change at the Triangle Tavern (1338 S. 10th St., 215-800-1992), which has held the corner of 10th and Reed Streets since Prohibition ended. It reopened this week under Stephen Simons and David Frank, who own Royal Tavern, Khyber Pass Pub, Cantina Los Caballitos, and Cantina Dos Segundos. The menu from chef Mark McKinney includes long-ago staples: roast beef, mussels in red or white sauce, and meatballs. There's also a sizable vegetarian and even vegan selection, including vegan roast beef and wings.
September 11, 2011
Broad Street could soon be called Avenue of the Culinary Arts if much-anticipated openings from such big names as Marc Vetri, Stephen Starr, Kevin Sbraga (our own Top Chef), and Tiffin's shiny new sibling, Tashan, live up to expectations. But the fresh dining action is pulsing far beyond that main artery, too, as one of the most torrid restaurant opening seasons ever unfolds from deep South Philly to the Main Line. From gastropubs and doughnut shrines to vegetarian pioneers and pizza prophets, from debuts for young talents to new locations for familiar names, the autumn curtain is lifting on a cast of culinary characters that should make us all hopeful for some good eating soon.
November 8, 2012 |
As dawn breaks over the city, the meat men pull up at restaurant back doors, dropping off steaks, ground beef, and other cuts. More of these trucks now bear a 201 or 646 area code on their doors. Pat LaFrieda and DeBragga & Spitler - New York-rooted butchers who enjoy cult followings among chefs who rave about their dry-aging - have recently begun nibbling at the wholesale-beef business in the region. Their appearance in Philadelphia has everything to do with the price of real estate in Lower Manhattan.
February 24, 2011
_ Georges' (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-964-8744) holds five-course wine-tasting dinners on the last Friday of the month at 7 p.m. Tomorrow the focus is on Willamette Valley wines. March 25 will showcase Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. Reservations are required. _ Chef Lucio Palazzo at Xochitl (408 S. 2nd St., 215-238-7280), has been pairing cocktails and entrées this month at special prices. Through Monday, try Arroz con Pollo, a half-chicken roasted with carnitas and served with creamy rajas, celery and rice, paired with a Michelada, Dos Equis amber lager with spicy tomato and a chili-salt rim, for $18. _ Food for Thought will unite hot local chefs for a worthy cause March 19 at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard in South Philly.
February 25, 2014 |
MOUNT HOLLY There are plenty of ways to honor Black History Month, but Sunday at Burlington County College was definitely one of the tastiest. Top chefs and South Jersey natives Kevin Sbraga, a Philadelphia restaurateur, and Tim Witcher, a former executive chef who is now a culinary arts teacher, teamed up at the college's Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly to give cooking demonstrations. Called "A Taste of Soul," it was part of the college's monthlong celebration recognizing the contributions of African Americans.
February 8, 2014 |
Philly's Elmi wins 'Top Chef' Nicholas Elmi scored major national culinary cred for Philadelphia Tuesday night by winning the crown on Bravo's Season 11 Top Chef , following in the footsteps of the Season 7 winner, Philly's Kevin Sbraga. Elmi, the owner of Laurel, a new BYOB on East Passyunk, beat his final competitor Nina Compton, the St. Lucia-born chef de cuisine of Scarpetta Miami, in a multi-course showdown in Hawaii. But Elmi, the former chef at Le Bec-Fin and Rittenhouse Tavern, had some sous-chef help from homie Jason Cichonski, the Ela chef who was booted earlier in the show.
October 13, 2011 |
On Saturday, Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga opens the doors to his Broad Street eatery, Sbraga (440 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913, sbraga.com). Dining tables are reserved for a $45, four-course, prix-fixe-only dinner experience, where guests choose their dishes, such as foie gras soup, or meatloaf with royal trumpet mushrooms. Order a la carte at the bar or chef's counter. Desserts come from his pastry chef wife, Jesmary. Also opened The Avenue of the Arts buzz continues south, where Tashan (777 S. Broad St., 267-687-2170, mytashan.com)
December 12, 2014 |
Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga, the Fat Ham) and his director of operations, Ben Fileccia, are channeling the 1980s at Juniper Commons (521 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913), new at the corner of Broad and South Streets in the SouthStar apartments. The look feels just a touch retro, a bit diner-y, as Eimer Design borrowed from the Reagan-era playbook and riffed on that period's love of brass and glass. Newspaper pages are part of the wallpaper. Fileccia's soundtrack starts in the '70s at the beginning of the evening and progresses to 1989 by last call.