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Archive: January, 2010

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 2:07 PM

The Food Network will be at the Loews Hotel on Feb. 5 to scout two-person teams of aspiring restaurateurs.

The show,  24 Hour Restaurant Battle, just got its green light.

See flyer for particulars.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 11:16 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk

Hawthornes, the beer cafe at 11th and Fitzwater Streets in South Philly, starts dinner next week (2/3), running Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Modest-priced menu will include 14 small-plates, spanning the globe: Indian, sushi, American, etc.

Sunday, Feb. 14, Hawthornes will be open only for a candlelit Valentine's beer dinner ($60 a head). All courses will be prepared with beer and paired with four beers, and owner Chris Fetfatzes says they'll tap some 2007 aged Choklat (a stout by Southern Tier made with Godiva chocolate). Dinner will start at 6 and "end when it ends," he said.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 7:00 AM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

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.

POSTED: 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.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 5:32 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

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, and will be on its way to an airport in Spain tomorrow afternoon and flown to JFK.

After a stop in Jersey City, it's supposed to be delivered to Ooka in Montgomeryville for processing by executive chef Shuji Hiyakawa by noon Thursday. And so will commerce Sushi Week at the Ooka locations in Montgomeryville, Doylestown, and Willow Grove, as well as Komé in Saucon Valley.
Here's what they're offering:

  • $20 bluefin sushi or sashimi tasting, including Hon-Maguro (Japanese for bluefin), Chu-Toro (medium fatty belly tuna), and O-Toro (fatty belly tuna).
  • $25 Toro Toban-Yaki, a hot pot featuring cooked Toro and exotic Japanese mushrooms.
  • $25 bluefin tuna loin steak from the hibachi with soup, house salad, noodles and dessert.
POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 3:51 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

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 dishes at Seventh and Bainbridge Streets, across from the Bean Exchange and down the street from Chick's Wine Bar and Horizons. This project has been in the works for some time.

Yards Brewing says it has opened its tasting room at its plant at 901 N. Delaware Ave.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 3:23 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Openings

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, Italy-meets-South Philly food in a cozy but spare room. It's open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays.

Shank's nostalgists can get their tripe sandwich ($7.50), though it's not the same. Nigro's version is augmented by smoked pancetta. And there's a chicken parm sandwich and sausage-and-peppers.

POSTED: 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.

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Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here. Reach Michael at

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