April 15, 2016
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Morels and white asparagus 2. Smoked tuna melt and mushroom soup combo 3. Ice box black-and-white cake For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Fine Palate (231 S. 15th St.) 2. Farm & Fisherman Tavern (1442 Marlton Pike E., Cherry Hill) 3. Gennaro's Tomato Pie (1533 S. 11th St.)
November 6, 2015 |
A little smooch for Ardmore Besito (105 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, 484-417-6825) - translated as "little kiss" - replaces Suburban Square's long-running Plate, and the space has been transformed entirely. On the regional Mexican food chain, Besito's prices and date-night atmosphere make it comparable to Distrito. There's a private dining room, a full bar stocked with beer, sangria, and cocktails (and about 70 tequilas), plus an outdoor patio with a fireplace, tableside guacamole, and entrees from $17 to $29. It's open for dinner daily; lunch begins Nov. 23. Opa owners on Jewelers Row Brother and sister George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, who pay tribute to their Greek heritage with Opa and its Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom St.)
August 7, 2015 |
The initial plan to move Gennaro's Tomato Pie from Jackson Street to a larger space beside East Passyunk's Singing Fountain was thwarted by a lack of juice. Owner Mike Giammarino simply couldn't bring enough electricity to his new address to fuel the high-tech ovens that give Gennaro's round pies their signature crispness. So Giammarino, who still spends half the week in Manhattan running the family's historic Lombardi's, decided to use old-school gas-deck ovens for a genuine ode to his nonna Grazia Carbone (the "Grace" in Grace & Pat's)
May 1, 2015 |
What's new The first Greek American chef at the mod Greek spot Opa (1311 Sansom St.), Bobby Saritsoglou has revamped the menu top to bottom. It's all small plates. Mike Giammarino, who owns the century-old Lombardi's in Manhattan as well as Gennaro's Tomato Pie in South Philadelphia, just debuted Grace & Pat's , a family friendly ristorante at 1533 S. 11th St. (215-336-3636), across from the Singing Fountain on Passyunk Square. The cash-only BYOB - done up in New York subway kitsch - has an early, limited menu of pizza, appetizers, salads, and desserts.
January 24, 2013
Mike Giammarino, whose Lombardi's Pizza on 18th Street was displaced in 2005 for the construction of the 10 Rittenhouse condos, found a corner spot in South Philly for his month-old revival, Gennaro's Tomato Pie. Giammarino - whose Lombardi's in New York is acknowledged as the oldest pizzeria in the United States - puts out old-school, well-done New York-style pizza. The signature white pizza has a sturdy yet lightweight crust that holds generous portions of fresh mozzarella and ricotta salata, bubbling and brown.
July 12, 2012 |
Snoop Dogg will perform a 30-minute concert after the Philadelphia Soul's first-round Arena Football League playoff game July 28 at the Wells Fargo Center. Joining Snoop will be Biz Markie, of "Just a Friend" fame, who will perform that hit and a few other tunes at halftime. Snoop's show is free to those who attend that game as well as to all season ticketholders. VIP meet-and-greet passes are available for an additional cost. Snoop is a youth-football coach, and his son Cordell is a football star at Diamond Bar High in California who received a scholarship offer to play at UCLA.
October 7, 2010
NOT TO BRAG, but when I happened across a story in yesterday's Daily News by my colleague Catherine Lucey about how more people are calling Philly home these days, I couldn't help but do a little chest-thumping. The City of Brotherly Love is the bombdiggedy, as they say. We already know the cost of living in Philly is way cheaper than Washington and New York City, and the city's neighborhoods are all that . . . but here are my reasons why Philadelphia is a great place to live.
March 9, 2007 |
Poets are people, too. I know it doesn't seem that way. Most of us approach a poem with all the enthusiasm of a child forced to eat soggy vegetables. I didn't discover Dickinson, Whitman and Frost of my own free will. I had a high school English teacher standing over me, cracking her intellectual whip. If I didn't interpret the poem adroitly, a ghastly grade would serve as my sentence. At that point in my life, I saw poets as torturers who had struck some perverse bargain with frustrated educators.
October 26, 2006 |
IN CHICAGO, Lou Malnati's serves the city's classic deep-dish pizza. In New Haven, Conn., it's Pepe's or Sally's for a heady white clam pie. Wolfgang Puck's duck-sausage pizza still rules in Los Angeles. And in New York, fuhgeddaboudit, nothing tops the smoky, charred pies from the coal ovens of Lombardi's or Totonno's. But is there a pizza that Philly can call its own? The brick-oven-baked beauties from Tacconelli's in Port Richmond and Marra's in South Philly are strong contenders, but Philly isn't really a brick-oven pizza town.
May 25, 2004 |
Rutgers University has a new course, but you have to be a professor to take it. Called Garden State 101, it is a five-day, 540-mile field-trip meant to immerse relatively new instructors in all things New Jersey - or as much as can be covered in that time. The traveling seminar hit the road yesterday, starting at university president Richard McCormick's home in Piscataway, N.J., and stopping in Trenton, Camden and Cherry Hill before heading to Vineland to spend the night. And you might be happy to know that on field trips, even professors get the fourth-grade treatment of a head count when they board the bus. "The goal here is to connect the university to the state, emulating a little bit of that Midwestern tradition where the 'U' is a more central institution in the state than Rutgers currently is in New Jersey," McCormick said.