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POSTED: Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 1:36 AM

Action News sportscaster Jamie Apody, who turns 32 today, flashed a new rock on Tuesday's 6 p.m. newscast, and was congratulated by anchor Jim Gardner.

On her Facebook page, she describes her beau as "my amazing boyfriend Paul." (That's Paul Coleman.)

They were engaged on a trip to the Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Calif.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 5:35 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Bobby Flay may be sick of burgers -- and we all may be sick of burger stories -- but here's one more:

Flay, who opened Bobby's Burger Palace in University City on Tuesday to hour-long waits, stepped out for a late-afternoon field trip.

Destination: 1504 Sansom St., home of rival burger operation 500º, which opened March 23.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 1:41 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Stephen Starr

Stephen Starr is partnering with his culinary director, Chris Painter, for a food-driven restaurant at Third and Bainbridge Streets in Queen Village, previously Ansill and Judy's Cafe.

The name: Il Pittore. (Go to your translator.)

Painter says it will be Italian "from Tuscany north," with a small, focused dinner menu and comfortable surroundings. Not over the top," he said, citing the menu at NYC's Locanda Verde as a loose example. Pastas will be made in-house.



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POSTED: Monday, April 5, 2010, 10:18 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Le Viet -- one of the city's more polished Vietnamese resto-lounges -- has opened at 1019 S. 11th St. (215-463-1570), just north of the CVS at Washington Avenue.

Owner Bruce Cao and family are doing home-style cooking.

Selected specials: sauteed baby clams in a house sauce, served with sesame rice cracker; noodle soups; noodles in tomato broth, topped with either crab or shrimp paste; and jumbo prawns sauteed saltr and black pepper and served on a pineapple bed.

POSTED: Monday, April 5, 2010, 9:38 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

First Le Bec-Fin drops the fixed-price mandate and now Mamma Maria?!

After 18 years offering belt-stretching, fixed-price meals, "Mamma Maria" di Marco is allowing a la carte dining Mondays through Thursdays at her restaurant at 1637 E. Passyunk Ave. (215-463-8410).

The dishes on the menu are pretty much the same as those on her $55, five-course prix-fixe: antipasti (including calamari, $12, and sausage and peppers, $8), pastas from $18 to $22, and meat and fish dishes $22 to $30.

Mamma Maria was one of the very few restaurants maintaining a fixed-price-only policy, aside from the buffets. (Vetri is fixed-price-only on Fridays and Saturdays. Know of any others?)

POSTED: Monday, April 5, 2010, 3:14 PM

No one ever told Larry Platt that editing Philadelphia Magazine would be easy...

Joy Manning left the food critic's job with the May issue to take the editor's job at TastingTable.com, and Ashley Primis gave notice last week that she was leaving to become special projects director for Starr Restaurant Organization.

Pow.

POSTED: Monday, April 5, 2010, 2:41 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Philly fans of genuine Mexican grub used to trek out to the New Garden Shopping Center in Kennett Square to sit among farm workers at Taqueria Moroleon. Well, Taqueria Moroleon has relocated to a larger space in Avondale -- even farther from the city, yes, but there's a liquor license now. See site.

Stephen Starr has designated "Ranstead Room" as the name of the backroom bar in his forthcoming El Rey (2013 Chestnut St.). Opening is up for April 21.

Ooka, the sushi-ists north of the city, is bringing in another 600-pound bluefin tuna from the Mediterranean on  Thursday. It will be brought to Komé restaurant in the Saucon Valley by noon for processing by executive chef Shuji Hiyakawa. Ooka restaurants in Montgomeryville, Doylestown, and Willow Grove, will get cuts this weekend. Ooka did this in late January, running through 400 pounds in three days.

POSTED: Monday, April 5, 2010, 12:47 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

Bobby Flay is in Philly to usher in the fifth location of Bobby's Burger Palace, his casual operation providing a counterpoise to his high-end spots such as Bobby Flay Steak in the Borgata in Atlantic City and assorted Mesa Grills.

BBP opens at noon Tuesday (4/6) at 3925 Walnut St.on the ground floor of the Radian building in University City, next door to a Chipotle and down the row from Capogiro. (My Twitter followers will learn of a surprise later this afternoon.)

Bright, mod decor includes curved counters and matching lighting sconces, playing out to a rock soundtrack. The menu is studded with Certified Angus beef, ground turkey or chicken breast varieties, ($6.50 for the classic with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, and $7.50 for topped burgers). Burgers are 6 ounces before cooking, a touch larger than the patties at 500º -- to mention another new burgery in town (1504 Sansom St.).

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