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Archive: January, 2010

Italy comes to the Piazza

Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 7:00 AM
The ink is barely dry on this one: Vino, an American-run Italian bar, didn't work out in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. Developer Bart Blatstein reached out to Italy for the replacement. Umbrian-bred restaurateurs Fabio Auguadro and Andrea Scotacci are taking over Vino, effective... Read more

Elaine Soncini back on the radio

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 5:43 PM
Elaine Soncini, who enjoyed a 20-year career on the old WPEN before she retired to Florida in 2000, is coming back. She'll be piped in to sidekick with morning man Mike Bowe on 1340WHAT, starting Feb. 1. Soncini does voiceover work with her husband, Larry Leaf. Soncini's name came up in one of the... Read more

Fish story?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 5:32 PM
Ooka, which owns several Japanese restaurants in the burbs, is about to come into a really big fish -- a bluefin tuna weighing about 410 pounds. Ooka says its purveyor, Yama Seafood Inc. of Jersey City, N.J., got word that the fish has been caught and cleaned on a fishing boat in the Mediterranean... Read more

Restaurant notes

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 3:51 PM
Fellini Cafe in Paoli is closed, and records in bankruptcy court show it filed for Chapter 7 protection. Basically, it means that if the court approves, the corporate assets are sold and it's done. On a more intriguing note, I see that Ro-Zu seems to be close to putting out sushi and other Japanese... Read more

Carluccio's opens in South Philly

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 3:23 PM
Carluccio's opened last Saturday night in the former Shank's & Evelyn's space at 932 S. 10th St. (215-574-5000), a couple of months behind schedule. It's a 26-seat Italian BYOB. In his restaurant solo debut and inspired by his family's hometown of Bagnoli Irpino, Carlo Nigro is popping out homespun... Read more

Snooki to appear at Wing Bowl

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 10:51 AM
This just in from WIP: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV's "Jersey Shore" will attend the Wing Bowl on Feb. 5 at the Wachovia Center. Her role in the bacchanal has not been determined. Also due in the house is HBO's Sex Tips host Katie Morgan. Read more

More shots from Sundance

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 10:26 AM
That LOVE sculpture set up in the Philadelphia Industry Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival is filling up with autographs. Latest visitors: Lea Thompson, Lil Jon, Tom Arnold and up-and-coming actor Rami Malek, who appeared as the pharaoh in Night at the Museum, as well as its sequel Night at the... Read more

Grand finale for Doc Watson's

Monday, January 25, 2010, 8:02 PM
Barry Sandrow says the sale of his Doc Watson's across from Jefferson Hospital is due on Thursday, Feb. 4, so it appears that the grand finale at the landmark bar will be Wednesday, Feb. 3. Sandrow opened Doc's in 1971 As I reported in December, buyers plan an English pub called Sherlock's Tavern... Read more

A first peek at the new Chops

Monday, January 25, 2010, 2:29 PM
After a week of tests, Alex Plotkin has opened the Washington Square branch of his Chops steakhouse. Price point is lower than the original Chops in Bala Cynwyd, and he's offering 60 wines under $60 (from a 2,000-bottle collection) as well as comp valet parking. The building, formerly housing Oceanaire... Read more

Union Trust gets into burgers

Monday, January 25, 2010, 12:52 PM
The new lunch menu at Union Trust (717 Chestnut St.) rolls out this week with five burgers, including a sweet-savory "Brunch Burger" ($13) with fried egg, maple-glazed bacon, and homemade English muffin, and "Le Mac Daddy," which for $25 includes foie gras, port-reduced onions,... Read more
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