Chef Bryan Sikora and his wife, Andrea — who have been making a stir in Wilmington with La Fia and Cucina Lolo (closed for the summer) — have moved into the Shoppes at Longwood Village in Kennett Square with the elegant-but-casual/comfy, Italian-inspired Hearth Kitchen (839 E. Baltimore Pike, 484-732-8320).
Sikora is working with a wood-burning oven to turn out pizzas and roast items. Lunch menu is here; dinner menu is here. Dinner prices range from the mid-teens for pastas and from the mid-$20s to the mid-$30s for entrees.
Bar list includes a selection of wines from all over ($10-$15 a glass), four beers on tap (two locals), and nine $12 cocktails.
It’s a return to Chester County for Sikora, who a decade ago opened Talula’s Table about five minutes down the road in downtown Kennett Square with his now ex-wife, Aimee Olexy. The two burst onto the Philadelphia dining scene in March 2001 with Django, on Fourth Street near South, before selling it in 2005. (It closed two years later.) Olexy now owns Talula’s Table outright and its Washington Square sibling, Talula’s Garden, with Stephen Starr.