The Philadelphia area is experiencing a restaurant boom.
This week, two pizzerias are just a few days old, while an ambitious BYOB, a Georgian bakery/specialty shop and an Austin-themed taqueria are among the openings expected this week.
Nicky Apadula, who has 30 years of pizza-making behind him in South Philadelphia, is partnered with Dejvi Furxhiu of Burrata Restaurants at a take-out pizzeria on the corner of 19th and Wolf streets that serves New York-style pizzas and Philly sandwiches built on Sarcone rolls. Gluten-free pizzas are available.
It’s take-out only; delivery is only available through Uber Eats.
1849 Wolf St., Philadelphia. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
Dan Katz of Jenkintown’s West Avenue Grille ventured onto Old York Road with brick-oven pizzas, salads and Italian fare in a family-friendly dining room; there is a dedicated entrance at the back for take out. (Tip: you can request that the pizza be cooked “light”; the crispy bottoms may be too dark for some tastes.)
314 Old York Road, Jenkintown. Open: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Monday.
Alexandra Holt is going her own way with Roxanne BYOB, a 26 seater in the former Sabrina’s Cafe at 912 Christian St. in the Italian Market.
Holt, a 2013 Culinary Institute of America graduate and trained at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, will begin with an eight-course, $75 tasting menu featuring bold plates that change frequently. This week includes beef cheek culurgiones with badger flame beets and pumpkin vines; nixtamalized Hibiscus with Huitlacoche; and roasted kombu ice cream, espresso and nigella seeds from Green Meadow Farm.
Holt likes to mix the sweet and the salty; sample dishes include togarashi canele filled with chili cheese; sfogliatelle stuffed with peas, morels and goat cheese; eclair stuffed with spicy cabbage and crab salad; charcoal-grilled vanilla bean croissant with Portuguese egg tart filling and lacto-fermented stone fruit; and poppy seed strudel with beets, stracciatella and za’atar.
A la carte service may be available later at night.
The hours will also be fluid. For starters, Roxanne’s Tock reservations are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with Monday added on October 10. Opening days will change over time. Holt will also sell pastries occasionally during the day; sales will be announced on Instagram.
912 Christian Street; see instagram For hours.
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The soft opening of Saami Somi, featuring foods from the Republic of Georgia, could begin as early as this week at Reading Terminal Market. Siblings Donna and Michael Kolodesh specialize in sourdough “cheese boats” known as khachapuri, as well as pkhali, khinkali and eggplant rolls, as well as groceries.
Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Filbert Streets; market hours.
This week, Nano Wheedan is bringing Austin-style breakfast tacos to a store in a triangle-shaped building on Seventh Street, just north of Washington Avenue. To streamline ordering, at least initially, he is implementing a online slot system From Wednesday to Sunday.
Although the specialty is the handmade flour tortilla, it will offer corn tortillas from nearby Tortilleria San Roman. Customers can walk in to purchase tortillas, puffy chips, queso, guacamole, salsas and homemade drink mixers and drinks.
1001 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia. 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday to Sunday.
The bar at Embers & Ashes, 1520 E. Passyunk Ave., will be open for tonight’s Eagles-Vikings game with a TV (and a burger on the menu) as chef-owners Scott Calhoun and Dave Feola embark on a more accessible menu in a bid to please the neighborhood.
Lincoln Mill, to the enclosed space that was Mad River in Manayunk, will be a haunted house built on a unique theme: Hurricane Ida. Brian Corcodilos, owner of the building, works with creator Jared Bilsak, who will have 40 spooky actors, quality sets, props, animatronics and special effects such as fog, strobes and flashing lights.
In September 2021, Hurricane Ida flooded the mill, significantly damaging the interior. It’s true. The Lincoln Mill story says a hidden chamber containing bodies was found. During the 1930s, according to the fabricated story, the owner of the mill tormented and experimented on his workers, whose spirits continue to haunt the mill.
The grand opening will take place on October 7, with hours Thursday through Saturday for five weeks. Tickets start at $29; one dollar from every ticket sold will go to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.