Weekend must-tries: Scrapple; pizza on Girard; tastes of Spain

Pepperoni pie from Art of Pizza, 431 E. Girard Ave.

Yeah, yeah: "Everything but the oink."

People have been joking about the ingredients in that Southeastern Pennsylvania breakfast classic - scrapple - for decades.

But it is serious business - especially Saturday, Nov. 2, when Reading Terminal Market reprises its popular ScrappleFest.

Free tastings will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at 2 p.m. you can watch the judging of merchant scrapple recipes, such as scrapple egg and cheese pretzels, mahi mahi scrapple hush puppies, and scrapple panzanella.

Pizza on Girard. So you tell someone, "Meet me at the new pizza parlor on Girard Avenue in Fishtown," and  you're setting up your friend for confusion. 

"Central Pizza? George's? Fishtown? Oh, they've been around. So has Trios. Oh, wait. That's at Fourth and West Girard. You must mean that incredible Pizzeria Beddia."

Beddia does make an amazing thin-crust. Since it's lunchtime (and Joe Beddia opens his tiny shop but for a few hours at night), I'll steer you a few blocks east to Art of Pizza (431 E. Girard Ave., 215-425-7940), which opened a few months back.

Ho-hum pizzeria decor is defiitely not the draw. You're going for thin-crust, New York-style brick-oven pizza with toppings both creative and usual (see menu). Recommended: The Michelangelo ($14), a red-sauced pie that includes Grande mozzarella, caramelized onion, grated parmesan, roasted garlic, and thyme.If pizza is not your thing, get a Stuts sandwich ($8), which puts a Czerw's kielbasa, sauerkraut, caramelized onions and spicy mustard on a long roll.


New menu at Bar Ferdinand. I'm wild for paella, and chef David Ansill does fine a one at Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties. 

But for those times when you crave something bolder and brothier, there's the zarzuela, a stew with shellfish and tomato fennel broth ($20) on his new menu.

That's zarzuela, folks. Not to be confused with vuvuzela - those annoying horns played during soccer matches.


Style on a budget. The weekday happy hours (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) at the new Ocean Prime (15th and Sansom Streets) are a stylish way to start the weekend. Sunday nights, Ocean Prime knocks 50 percent off of wine bottle prices on its under-$100 selections.