Friday, February 12, 2016

Archive: August, 2009

Pizza, pizza: Zavino

Friday, August 21, 2009, 5:20 AM
Here's the latest on Zavino, a tiny pizza-wine bar under construction in the former check-cashing agency on the northwest corner of 13th and Sansom. (The project surfaced early last month with the fancier spelling 'Za Vino.) It's up for October. Chef/managing partner Steve Gonzalez is positioning... Read more

Starr's pizzeria has a name

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 4:31 PM
Stephen Starr has selected the name of his pizzeria coming to the old Cosi at Second and Lombard Streets in Society Hill. It'll be called Stella Pizza. (Not "Pizza Select," as he intimated back in April, though the name on corporate papers is Select Restaurant Partners LP.) I happened upon... Read more

Wrap Shack raising the bar

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 3:47 PM
That splash of blaze orange on the front of the Wrap Shack on the Square (120 S. 18th St.) means just one thing: A liquor license is on the way. Owner Scott Hockfield told me that he expects the license in about four weeks. It will allow him to broaden the menu (to "bread products," as... Read more

A different kind of cigar dinner

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 2:31 PM
Daddy Mims Creole in Phoenixville will pair up with Twisted Leaf Cigars next door for a five-course Creole meal on Sept. 10. The pairings are not wines, or single malts, or beers. But cigars. Chef John Mims explains that after each course, patrons will walk next door to the store's lounge to puff... Read more

Dining bites

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 12:11 PM
South Philly natural-foods goddess Christina Pirello will be a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her first blog post, titled, "Why It’s So Hard Not to Be Fat," went up Wednesday. A Full Plate in Northern Liberties holds its third annual rib cook-off at 1 p.m. Sept. 12. Details... Read more

'Top Chef': Jen Z goes home

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 8:09 AM
Wednesday night's season premiere of Bravo's Top Chef was the finale for the multi-tatted Jennifer Zavala, who recently joined Xochitl in Society Hill after helping to create El Camino Real. Her chile relleno stuffed with seitan did not impress the judges. She also ended up with bloody fingers from... Read more

The new guy on WHAT dances a mean foxtrot

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 7:29 AM
He sings! He dances! He runs a radio station. Standards station AM1340WHAT has new leadership. He's Jim Clark, and besides being program director, he's the on-air host from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And he's a good sport. At his oldies station, he lost a bet and had to dress in drag as Gisele Bundchen... Read more

What Smerconish plans to ask Obama

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 2:54 PM
WPHT’s Michael Smerconish will be in the White House Thursday for what is believed to be President Obama’s first live radio interview. Smerconish, who interviewed Obama three times during the presidential campaign, said questions about health care and the search for Osama Bin Laden will... Read more

First peek at Michael Schulson's Sampan

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 12:04 PM
Busy guy, that Michael Schulson. He's on TV as host of the TLC show Ultimate Cake Off. Last Saturday, I caught him running the kitchen at his stylish Japanese pub Izakaya at the Borgata in Atlantic City. And effective Wednesday (8/19), he's in the demo phase of his restaurant Sampan, just off 13th... Read more

Coming round here: Square 1682

Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 11:01 AM
The Kimpton Hotels team is dribbling out more details about Square 1682, the two-story restaurant that will occupy its new Hotel Palomar at 17th and Sansom Streets, across from the Sofitel. They're saying mid-October for opening. A few bullet points: - The concept from chef Guillermo Tellez... Read more
About this blog
Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

Michael Klein Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter