Volver, Jose Garces' long awaited tasting menu only restaurant in the Kimmel Center is one step closer. Beginning on March 12th diners will be able to reserve their seats at Volver not through a reservation line but through online ticket sales. Although ticketed dining is a new concept for Philly, it's been around for a while, beginning in Chicago at Grant Achatz' Next and more recently in L.A. with the Ludo Lefevbre/Animal collab Trois Mec. More infor right this way:
Laurel might be book solid through the month of June thanks to Nick Elmi's Top chef win but you can have a chance to sample Elmi's fare a little further north on Passyunk according to this little piece of news from our friends at Eater. On April 7th Elmi and company are taking over the indoor food cart at Garage (1231 East Passyunk Ave.) for the evening. Elmi told eater that the pop up is a chance to let loose and have a little fun since things are, well, a little more serious at Laurel. No word yet on the menu but we'll be sure to keep you posted!
GQ's legendarily never not polarizing (and Philly-born) food critic Alan Richman lined up his best dishes of 2014 so far and one of our local favorites made the list — the rotolo from Pizzeria Vetri (1939 Callowhill St.). Here's what Richman had to say about this little piece of pizza perfection:
"Rotolo usually refers to a rolled-up pasta or pastry, but not here. It's pizza dough rolled around mortadella (Italian bologna), ricotta, and pistachio pesto, baked crispy and crunchy. This is a rethinking of the ham-and-cheese croissant, superior in every way, and at $3.50, a bargain. Even the presentation beats the French version, nutty pesto scattered about the plate."
Gotta love the folks at Pizzeria Vetri (1939 Callowhill St.). Not only are they rolling out new batch of Brooklyn cocktails made with locally distilled Dad's Hat Rye, white vermouth and Luxardo and Ramazotti amari but if you order one you get a complementary rotolo all day long.
We're pretty sure that those who have experienced the magic of the Pizzeria Vetri rotolo have already stopped reading and run out the door but if you're not familiar, it's a thing of beauty. Think delicate layers of pizza dough layered with ricotta, mortadella and pistachio pesto rolled into something that looks like a cinnamon roll and tastes, well, incredible.
Today, singer/bassist Sarah Everton of music issue alums Bleeding Rainbow talks to Impose magazine about the ups and downs of her day job, working as a barista in a Kensington coffee shop. There are plenty of plusses about her decidedly non-precious place of work including a commute that clocks in at less than a minute, a prefect for touring flexible work schedule and being able to blast dissonant anti-coffee house music and/or Beyonce.
And the minuses:
If you've been missing the Portuguese fare of Koo Zee Doo since they shut their doors back in July, well, you'd better get yourself a table at Bar Ferdinand (1030 N. 2nd St.) on Thursday, February 27. Chef David Ansill is welcoming David and Carla Gilberg for a one time only, seven course tasting menu embracing everything Iberian. Tickets for the dinner are going for $45 and seating is open after 6 p.m. Here's a peek at the menu:
Father-son duo, Pino and Antimo DiMeo, and business partner, Scott Stein, are on track for a spring opening to the Wayne sequel of their Andorra gem, Pizzeria DiMeo. Only it won't be named Mozzeria anymore. "Truthfully, a lot of people could not pronounce it," Stein wrote to us via Twitter. We can't imagine they'll have better luck with the restaurant's new name, Ardè, "v. burn, glow, blaze, be on fire, combust; be filled with a strong emotion," according to Babylon translation engine. That's fitting. Stein projects a spring opening and seems excited: "Construction is going good. Our Stefano Ferraro wood burning oven is being delivered from Italy on Wed [sic]."