The Philly area’s Venezuelan dining scene is expanding ever so slightly, and now the Main Line has an outlet for South American arepas, empanadas, and patacones.
The seafood-focused Pala’a – a 23-seat BYOB cafe open for breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, and for lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday – on the Lancaster Avenue side of the longtime Felicia’s Pizza Kitchen (18 W. Lancaster Ave.) in Ardmore.
Pala’a means “ocean” in Wayuu, a language spoken in a sliver of Colombia and Venezuela.
Venezuelan-born entrepreneur Cira Ferreira, caterer Levi Hernandez, and server Ivan Brcek, specializing in empanadas, hallaquitas, ceviches, tartares, chupe, arepas, patacones, and the signature drink papelón, have set up a boldly decorated dining room with graphics of beaches and beach chairs.
You order at the counter. Figure on $3.95 to $5.75 for appetizers, $5.95 to $14.95 for entrees, and $14.50 to $15.75 for platters.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
The last year has brought two casual Venezuelans to the city: Puyero Venezuelan Flavor (524 S. Fourth St. in Queen Village) and TartAreperia 18.64 (1204 N. Front St., beneath the Girard Avenue El stop on the edge of Northern Liberties).
A previous version of this article referred to Felicia’s in the past tense. It is very much still open.