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New restaurants coming this fall and winter from Schulson, Vetri, Solomonov, and more

Pasta is the theme of significant restaurant projects from Marc Vetri and Michael Schulson.

The bar at rear, as viewed from the dining room at Cicala.
The bar at rear, as viewed from the dining room at Cicala.Read moreMICHAEL KLEIN / Staff

The Philadelphia-area restaurant scene continues its expansion, and the password is pasta.

Dough figures into some of the higher-profile projects on the fall and winter slate, including Via Locusta, a fancy Italian near Rittenhouse Square from Michael Schulson, Nina Tinari, and Jeff Michaud, as well as Fiorella, a pasta joint on the edge of the Italian Market from Marc Vetri. This follows the recent debut of Cicala, the sumptuous white-tablecloth Southern Italian at the Divine Lorraine Hotel from chefs Joe Cicala and Angela Ranalli-Cicala.

Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook, meanwhile, will follow today’s opening of Merkaz, the all-day Israeli sandwich restaurant, with Laser Wolf, a Zahav-ish Israeli grill restaurant, in Kensington.

Here is a selected rundown of what’s coming. As always, stay tuned here and here.


Cogito Coffee | Washington Square West

You say Washington Square West lacks coffee? This Croatian-based java joint adds to the mix, setting up at 105 S. 12th St., next to another Euro import, DaMo Pasta Lab. Dec. 2

The Institute | West Poplar

Veterans Charlie Collazo and Neil Campbell have moved the neighborhood landmark a couple of blocks away into a newly rehabbed building at 525 N. 11th St., north of Vine Street. Dec. 6

Adobe Cafe | Bella Vista

Popular Southwestern cantina has moved from East Passyunk to the corner of Eighth and Fitzwater Streets in what has been a series of bars. Dec. 8

Dig | Rittenhouse

Healthful fast-casual eatery partly bankrolled by Danny Meyer, formerly known as Dig Inn, is coming to 1616 Chestnut St. Dec. 9

Alice Pizza | Center City

The Roman-rooted pizza al taglio specialist, now at 15th and Locust Streets, opens a smaller outpost at 1234 Market St. mid-December

Small Oven and Porco’s | Point Breeze

Chad Durkin returns to 2204 Washington Ave., where he was pastry chef at the erstwhile Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, with two concepts: a pastry shop/cafe next to a takeout window from which Italian sandwiches will be sold. mid-December

Oori | Pottstown

Korean-influenced cooking from chef Michael Falcone comes to 2228 Pottstown Pike, near Owen J. Roberts High in South Coventry Township. Week of Dec. 16

Blind Barber | Center City

Bryce Harper’s barbershop/speakeasy-style bar comes to the Hale Building at 1326 Chestnut St. mid-December

Dmitri’s | Northern Liberties

Greek seafooder reopens after exterior renovations to the building at 944 N. Second St. mid-December

Stove & Tap | Frazer

The popular Lansdale pub branches to Chester County, where it opens in the front of Lincoln Court (245 Lancaster Ave.). mid-December

Big Catch | East Passyunk

Poke comes to 1840 E. Passyunk Ave., next to Stargazy. mid-December

Wine Dive | South Street West

Wine shop-slash-eatery from the Cambridge/Hawthornes crew at 1506 South St. mid-December

Via Locusta | Rittenhouse

Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari, backed by Jeff Michaud, setting up a pasta-focused Italian at 1723 Locust St. mid-December

Fairly soon

Spread Bagelry | Society Hill

Montreal-style bagels come to Fifth and South Streets, the former Johnny Rockets. late December

Fabrika | Fishtown

Lavish Eastern European cabaret and restaurant at 1108 Frankford Ave. late December

Deke’s BBQ | Wayne Junction

Cool new location at 137 W. Berkley St. late December

January and beyond

Fiorella | South Philadelphia

Marc Vetri says “New Year’s-ish” for his pasta bar at the former Fiorella Sausage at 817 Christian St.

Top Chef Quickfire | Logan Square

Fast-casual eatery inspired by the Bravo cooking show, at the Comcast Center. mid-January

Lucky Well | Spring Arts

“January” is the new, always-moving target for Chad Rosenthal’s BBQ/blues bar at 990 Spring Garden St.

Laser Wolf | Kensington

A “Zahav-ish" Israeli-style grill from Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook at 1301 N. Howard St.

The Little Lion | Old City

Fire-damaged American bar/grill at Third and Chestnut Streets is supposed to come back in early 2020

Bridget Foy’s | Queen Village

After being reconstructed on the same spot at Second and South Streets, this fire-ravaged bar-restaurant is looking at February or March for a reopening.