Rendell brunches with 'stunning' new friend

We're not sure if Ed Rendell describes all his friends as "stunning," but he did use the term yesterday about Peruvian-born beauty Lucia Zapatero, with whom he was spotted brunching Saturday at Parc on Rittenhouse Square.

Zapatero, 33, is director of marketing for Knowledge@Wharton, an online business-analysis journal of Penn's Wharton School of Business, and we're told she and Rendell, 67, have recently begun seeing each other.

Lucia Zapatero in a Facebook photo

Reached by phone yesterday, Rendell insisted that the pair were only "good friends."

Rendell's last "good friend," Kirstin Snow, still works for the ex-governor-turned "NBC News" contributor, and spends half the week at his Center City office and half in Harrisburg, he says.

Rendell says he and Snow are "colleagues and friends."

In February we reported with staff writers Chris Brennan and Catherine Lucey that Rendell and his wife of nearly 40 years, federal judge Midge Rendell, had separated.

Read more from our column in Tuesday's Daily News.