Chef Salvatore pulling out of Blue Bell

Salvatore De Cristofaro at Chef Salvatore in October 2010.

Since the days of Marabella's, restaurants occupying the building at Skippack and Penllyn-Blue Bell Pike in Blue Bell - across from the Blue Bell Inn - have failed to gain traction:

The Blue Horse limped along, followed by Domenico's seemingly for five minutes. Now, Chef Salvatore is on its way out after 18 months. Chef Salvatore De Cristofaro tells me that he's returning to Italy to shoot and produce a TV show.

New occupants, who plan to take over without a shutdown, own the popular Buona Via in Horsham. Buona Via's Salvatore Carratta says he intends to install a wood oven for pizzas and will rename the place L'Angolo Blue.

The area is rich with Italian restaurants, as Castello occupies the former Alison at Blue Bell space just up the road, and Radice and the new From the Boot are cranking along on Route 202.