Chef lands a Philly casino deal

Nunzio Patruno of Nunzio's in Collingswood.

You can bet that all six of the casino groups in the running to land the second gaming license in Philly have restaurants on the boards.

PHL Local Gaming LLC, whose project Casino Revolution will occupy a 25-acre swath of South Philly, says it has an agreement in principle with Nunzio Patruno, chef/owner of Nunzio's Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood, to operate a fine-dining Italian restaurant.

The company points to Patruno's longtime friendship with PHL Local Gaming head Joe Procacci, who was a customer at Patruno's Monte Carlo Living Room, the South Street landmark that closed in 2007. 

Casino Revolution's dining plans also include a steak house, a coffee/espresso bar, a 300-seat buffet, and a 156-seat café.