February 20, 1987 |
About this time of year, when all appears to have reached its bleakest, you begin looking for signs of new life. Such as a crocus cracking through the earth. Or a new restaurant. Bright, sunny and cheerful, filled with a spring-like promise of bounty. And guess what? I think I found one. It's called Alfio's. It's in Glenside, and it's only a month or so old. The place is named for Alfio Gaglianese, probably no stranger to many of the area's restaurant-goers. He was for nearly two decades the gracious and suave maitre d' of the DaVinci restaurant.
May 16, 2004 |
What do you get a governor who has everything? Just about anything, from a yoga mat to a top hat to a ceramic rodent figurine - not to mention cases of marinara. In his first year in office, Gov. Rendell received more than 600 trinkets from well-wishers from Erie to Exton, according to an administration tally. Rendell took in so much stuff in 2003 that he has devoted a room in the governor's mansion to store it all. By the governor's estimation, "the gift room," as he calls it, is already 85 percent full - with more than 2 1/2 years left in his first term.
April 5, 2012
Company description: Subway's "fresh take on Italian. Juicy chicken, zest-errific pepperoni, and our signature recipe marinara sauce toasted with melty cheese on your favorite freshly baked bread. Molto buona!" Chain: Subway. Calories: For a foot-long, 900 calories, 30 grams fat, 150 mgs cholesterol and 2,500 mgs salt. Yikes. Location: 1701 Ben Franklin Parkway. Order time: Three minutes. Price: $6.75. Review: This is an interesting idea for an unhealthy sandwich that would be worth the grief with better ingredients.
November 13, 1998 |
Cent'anni - the Italian toast to life that translates as "100 years" - seems to have about as many pronunciations as there are glasses of wine in a liter. So when people talk about the South Philadelphia restaurant with the same name, you never know how it is going to sound. North of Snyder Avenue, it seems to be john-don. South of Snyder Avenue it comes out something like chen-dahn. In Italy, it's more like chent-AH-nee. "Even I didn't pronounce it correctly when I first saw the name," admits owner-chef Paul Buck.
April 22, 1998 |
It had only been two days, and the locals just weren't used to the idea. Cassano's, a favorite Cherry Hill Italian restaurant that catered to families, had changed its name to Jac Daddy's and was in the midst of becoming a sports bar. The bar area was expanded, the menu tweaked, the interior faintly retooled. Although vestiges of the old Cassano's still remained - like the black-and-white photos from "The Godfather," and other gangster flicks - it just wasn't the same. The biggest complaint, which we heard from booths on either side of us, was that the chef was no longer serving family style - platters large enough to feed a crowd.
August 24, 1990 |
After Ristorante Roma opened in South Philadelphia several years ago, there were times when it was impossible to walk in off the street for a weekend dinner. Reservations were a must. But fame can be as fickle as the weather. One day a restaurant is turning you away at the door, then suddenly it is the one rejected. I had received a number of phone calls inquiring as to what had happened to Ristorante Roma. All I can report is that, indeed, it has vanished, and that it has been replaced by Ristorante Ghizzano, which opened about eight weeks ago. Ghizzano, which takes its name from a city north of Rome, looks pretty much like the old place, but there are some small differences, among them that it's brighter and a little less formal.
May 7, 2000 |
Excellent Italian cuisine in a warm, elegant setting makes Ristorante Ferretti, the newest restaurant in the Chesterbrook development, a lovely place. Even in an area with a surfeit of good Italian restaurants, this wonderful Wayne restaurant stands out from the crowd. Ferretti opened just before Thanksgiving, replacing the equally delightful Marcello Ristorante Italiano. In a remarkable circumstance, this is the third excellent restaurant in one little corner of the Chesterfield Shopping Center.
August 10, 1990 |
Tre Figlio is a warm, friendly, earnest little restaurant where the waiters lean on your chair to recite the specials and where folks at nearby tables will tilt back to say, "Hey, that looks good. " Almost everything at Tre Figlio looks good and tastes good. The cheerful atmosphere compensates for the minor flaws. The room is L-shaped, bent around a bar with impressive brass railings. Although the ceilings are low, Tre Figlio is not noisy. Our first visit got off to a shaky start, with mussels marinara ($6.95)
December 20, 1988 |
Pastabilities on 22nd Street near South opened about a year ago - just after I moved out of the neighborhood, unfortunately. They are more than welcome to open a branch office in my new one. This tiny take-out place is crammed with sheets of fresh pasta to be cut to your preference - angel hair, linguine, fettucine or whatever. A pound will serve four for dinner, and you can pretend you're eating at Liberties in Northern Liberties or Carolina's off Rittenhouse Square. Those are two of the restaurants that buy pasta from Pastabilities.
April 28, 1991 |
For excellent southern Italian dishes at modest prices, Dolce Carini Ristorante Italiano is hard to beat. The family restaurant opened a year ago in the Village at Newtown Shopping Center on the former Goodnoe Farm site. As affirmation of its success, it is expanding into the adjoining storefront. "We just can't handle the crowds," a family member said. Considering the quality, generous portions and friendly service, it's easy to see why. An appealing appetizer of exceptionally tender, lightly floured fried squid ($4.95)