November 30, 1990 |
In embarking on various business ventures over the years made possible by his family's successful Italian restaurant, Luca Sena often lay awake at night worrying whether his business moves were smart ones. But on the eve of the recent unveiling of the family's newest venture, he had no misgivings as he lay in a four-poster bed in an altogether elegantly appointed room. No, he was calm as he gazed, alternately, at flames from a gas-lit fireplace below a marble mantelpiece and the lights of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge outside tall, arched windows.
January 19, 2012
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat. Craig LaBan: I'm thrilled to see the Rittenhouse Farmer's Market still ticking along each Saturday into winter, with hot cider and the Renaissance Sausage cart to keep us warm, as well as a new-ish Jersey seafood stand with everything from fluke to scallops from Barnegat - all of it fresh and local, not frozen. They'd sold out by 1 p.m. when we arrived. We were in plenty of time, though, to plunder the Rineer Family Farms - one of the best all-purpose stands around: grass-fed rump roast; eggs with yolks as bright as the sun. But most interesting, Rineer has also recently been selling freshly ground white cornmeal (great for crusting fish)
October 5, 2012 |
There's a sweet-wine revolution going on, and it's happening in restaurants, in people's homes, and in wine shops. More and more patrons are asking for riesling, moscato, ports, and sherries at local restaurants and bars, and sweet wine is being mixed in cocktails at sophisticated Center City spots like a. kitchen, as well as older establishments like William Penn Inn in Ambler. Demand for dessert wines, such as Madeiras and ports, jumped to 210,000 cases in the last year, a 10 percent increase over the previous year, according to Matthew Schwenk, director of product selection for Pennsylvania Wine and Spirit stores.
February 14, 2013 |
IT'S no accident that Lady fell hard for the Tramp over a shared plate of linguine in the classic Disney movie. The very act of nibbling pour deux can be enough to get a body in the mood for romance. Although Valentine's Day is one reason to canoodle with your favorite dining partner, chefs around town are hip to the aphrodisiac power of shared deliciousness any time of year. "It's sexy to share," said Patrice Rames, chef/owner at Bistro St. Tropez in Center City. He offers a dessert duo meant for two, an airy Gran Marnier souffle and a chocolat chaud , or molten chocolate cake (see recipe)
August 6, 2009 |
New and just off City Avenue: Avril (134 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-2626), a cozy BYO bistro from chef Christian Gatti and his wife, April Lisante - hence the name. Gatti's Mediterranean menu starts in southeast France and heads into Italy. It will go farther inland as the weather cools off. Lisante, who spent a decade as a reporter, food writer, and editor at the Philadelphia Daily News, met Gatti in 2003 when she interviewed him for a feature about hot, young chefs.
June 23, 2014 |
When a dog came into Monica L'Tainen's life, the two of them agreed: It was time to move. She had been pining for her own patch of green, and after rescuing her pup, Bodhi, Center City loft living just wasn't providing enough country-style respite for either of them. One night, as she was sitting with friends in Chestnut Hill, having drinks around a fire pit, L'Tainen said, she had an epiphany and observed, " 'Everyone is happy here.' Someone in the group replied, 'Yes, because we all live out here!
February 16, 2012
Paris Wine Bar 2301 Fairmount Ave. 215-978-4545 www.londongrill.com Tria Cafe * Rittenhouse Square 18th and Sansom streets 215-972-8742 http://triacafe.com * Washington Square West 12th and Spruce streets 215-629-9200 Tria Wine Room 3131 Walnut St. 215-222-2422
August 19, 2007 |
As youngsters working behind the scenes at the Dilworthtown Inn, Anthony Mastroianni and Stephen Delaney often talked of the dream restaurant they might someday open together. A wine bar, perhaps, with a dedication to good food. Something on their home turf of the far-western suburbs. It took more than a decade to come to fruition, not to mention a few jobs in between and a cross-country move for the chef, but their planned collaboration has finally become a reality at Cosimo in Malvern.
November 4, 2010 |
Between trips to the Middle East, archaeologist Jill Weber makes her home in Philadelphia, where she's affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. Dig this: She's turned her passion for international food and drink into a Center City spot, Jet Wine Bar (1525 South St.). Due to open this week, Jet has a sleek bar on the ground floor and a lounge with tables in the lower level. Chef Matt Zagorski, last at Rouge on Rittenhouse Square, has put together a menu of meats, cheeses, and sandwiches designed to pair with the beverages.
September 20, 2013 |
New eatery in Wayne Radnor Township is getting an upgrade - what with White Dog Cafe's reopening after a fire, Peppercorn's recent debut, and the forthcoming Estia Taverna and Pietro's Coal-Oven Pizza coming to 200 Radnor-Chester Rd. in a few months. A week old is Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar (372 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 484-580-6725), a dramatic transformation of HogFish Bar & Grill and its predecessor, Flavor. It's dark and sexy in a chain sort of way, which is about right because Carmel has five locations in Florida.