December 4, 2015 |
Waiting room now wine bar "Zavino's sophisticated sister" is how Greg Dodge bills the new Tredici Enoteca (114 S. 13th St., 267-928-2092) on the southwest corner of 13th and Sansom Streets in Midtown Village. The wine bar was initially developed as a waiting room for the original Zavino, his pizza/wine bar across the street. But the concept evolved. Chef Carlos Aparicio's Italian-inspired small- and medium-plate menu (no pizza) is built on sharing. Even wine - and the list is studded with premiums - is available in smaller pours.
March 25, 2010
Ever since the bagel shop closed many years ago, this tiny boutique of a space just south of Rittenhouse Square has struggled to find an enduring tenant. How about the small-plate appeal of Venetian cichetti and a wine bar? Former gondolier Andrea Luca Rossi, also a veteran of Girasole and numerous Boston restaurants, is giving the concept from his native town a try - and I like the early vibe. Out with the fussy white leather couches and marble of the old Italian wine bar. In with more rustic woods and casual buzz of the small-plate cantina.
March 26, 2013
JILL WEBER, 41, and her husband, Evan Malone, 42, of Fitler Square, are co-owners of Jet Wine Bar and the restaurant Rex1516, both on South Street near 15th. The former opened in November 2010 and the latter in March 2012. When Weber is not overseeing the wine bar, she spends much of her time on overseas archaeological digs. We spoke with Weber. Q: Tell me about your archaeological background. A: I've worked mostly in Turkey and Syria. I'm an animal-bones specialist, so I go from site to site and analyze animal bones that are found.
February 16, 2012
WHEN I walked into Paris Wine Bar, the newly opened adjunct to London Grill at 23rd and Fairmount, it was as if I'd walked into a wine bar in another, parallel dimension. You see, Paris Wine Bar is a wine bar that serves no wines from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Argentina, Chile or even California, Oregon or Washington state. "All of our wines are from Pennsylvania," Cristina Tessaro, the bar manager, informed me. I looked around for hidden cameras to make sure I wasn't being punked.
February 16, 2000 |
Want to learn about wine really quickly? Everybody will tell you that the learning is in the tasting: If you want to know about wine, you have to taste it. The deeper secret is that if you want to learn quickly, you have to taste pairs, trios or whole groups of wines together. (In the wine world, a group of wines tasted together is called a "flight. ") When you taste wines side by side, you notice the differences between them, the small features that separate one from another. Your wine savvy goes up enormously any time you do comparison tasting, but you'll make the best progress if the wines are closely related to each other.
October 25, 2007
Chef Roberta Adamo, one of many Philadelphia-based proponents of cooking with fresh, seasonal foods from local sources, will lead "Shop, Cook and Dine" classes on Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar in the Hilton Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street. The sessions ($30 each) are set to begin at 10:30 a.m. with a trip to a neighborhood farm market. There, Adamo will guide students in selecting ingredients for, and planning, the day's class menu. On returning to her pasta lab, the chef will give step-by-step instructions for preparing the meal.
September 20, 2012 |
Catelli Ristorante enjoyed an almost-17-year run in the Main Street Complex in Voorhees before the swish Italian destination closed in July 2011. Times had changed. Owners Jan Talamo, Linda Rosanio, and chef Lou Imbesi went back to the drawing board and came up with Catelli Duo , an industrial-chic osteria/wine bar tucked into Voorhees Town Center (12101 Town Center Blvd., 856-751-6069). The menu allows dining at a variety of price points. Imbesi says patrons will be asked if they want "social" (smaller)
June 2, 1996 |
It happens to almost everyone. You look up from an interesting project or conversation only to discover that time has flown and most restaurants have stopped serving lunch for the day. Ah, but with Restaurant Taquet near at hand, there's no need to miss the meal. Because hours at the Wayne restaurant's wine bar run nonstop from opening to closing, diners here have a chance to enjoy Taquet's extraordinary food all afternoon. That's good news for late lunchers as well as for those who'd like dinner before an early-evening appointment.
December 14, 2012
L uca Sena, 62, of Society Hill, owns Penn's View Hotel and two restaurants, Ristorante Panorama and Revolution House, all in Old City. Born in Naples, Sena was 17 when he moved to Philly with his father in 1967. The rest of the family soon followed. The Sena family's first restaurant, La Famiglia, on Front Street, opened in 1976 and now is run by Luca's brother, Giuseppe. Q: Panorama opened in 1990 and you're still doing well. What's the secret to your longevity? A: I always kept an open mind, surrounded myself with younger people, having two sons [Carlo and Luca Jr.]
January 9, 2015 |
The new year has brought two significant newcomers: one in Center City, the other in Montgomery County. The Mainland Inn (17 Mainland Rd., Harleysville, 484-704-2600) is actually old, but new owners have restored it, top to bottom. Few chefs are taking local sourcing and organics to heart as Ezra Duker does. He has an advantage, because the inn's owners have the nearby Quarry Hill Farm, whose specialty is heritage-breed pasture-raised meats and heirloom crops. Duker also had a tough time finding good kitchen workers, which partly explains the delay in the property's reopening.