Table Talk: Now arriving in Jenkintown, Mio Pomodoro

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A redo has emphasized the soaring, vaulted ceiling of Mio Pomodoro, in the space last occupied by Jonathan's American Grille in the Jenkintown SEPTA station. Pizzas start at $11; entrees range from $17 to $25.

The restaurant space at the Jenkintown SEPTA station has had a few incarnations over the last two decades: Greenwood Grille, Stazi Milano, Station Grill, and Jonathan's American Grille.

Arguably its most successful concept was Italian, which it was for 13 years as Stazi Milano.

And Italian it is once again.

Mio Pomodoro (West and Greenwood Avenues, 215-885-9000) represents a retooling of Jonathan's by its owners Tim and Jonathan Zeigler. They've opened and brightened the dining room, with its curved ceiling, by removing a panel behind the host's stand.

They've also brought in Clark Gilbert, who in July left Restaurant Taquet in Wayne, as executive chef and director of operations. Gilbert has previously worked at the Fountain at the Four Seasons, the Saloon, and La Terrasse.

Mindful of competition, Gilbert is keeping prices down. Pizzas start at $11, pasta are mainly $12 and $13, and entrees range from $17 for salmon to $25 for strip steak. It's open daily, for dinner only.

Gilbert says he's not skimping on ingredients, as he's running through fresh herbs by the case and Parmigiano-Reggiano by the wheel.

The side bar remains from Jonathan's. There's a 40-bottle wine list, mostly Italians and Californians, and 20 by the glass. The beer list has 20 bottles plus five on draft.

Briefly noted

Alma de Cuba vet Nicholas J. Cassidy is talking "mid-October" for Saute, his moderate-priced BYOB at 775 S. Front St. in the former Le Creole in Queen Village.

Umer Naim, who has managed at most of the Starr restaurants over the last decade, has left Starr's Atlantic City operation and is now running Tangerine in Old City.

Scott Houchins is now executive chef at Morton's in King of Prussia. He's been with the steak house chain for nearly 10 years, most recently at the one in Nashville.

Break pain with Georges Perrier in Mount Airy? The noted chef and wife Andrea will be among three dozen celebs hosting tables at Oct. 11's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" fund-raiser for Mount Airy USA at the Commodore Barry Club (6815 Emlen St.). The event, for which Perrier will not cook, starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 each ($250 pair), and $90 each for those 39 years old and under; info: www.mtairyusa.org.

Chain chat

Elephant & Castle vaguely says "October" for the completion of a renovation of its outpost in the Crowne Plaza at 18th and Market Streets.

Marlton is looking for branches of Bonefish Grill (about Oct. 20-ish) and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse (Nov. 21) at 600 Route 73 North, where Lone Star was.


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