Tredici Enoteca, an Italian wine bar more than a year in the making on the southwest corner of 13th and Sansom Streets, should be ready to go in early October.
With the opening in a former pet boutique, that intersection will be all food, what with a Capogiro gelateria on one corner, El Vez on another, and Zavino on another. (Tredici owner Greg Dodge also owns Zavino and another location in University City.) The surrounding blocks of 13th Street rival the East Passyunk strip in terms of number of restaurants; it's also the home of Jamonera, Zio's Pizza, Barbuzzo, Lolita, Sampan, Vintage, Charlie was a sinner., and the forthcoming Double Knot, plus others around the corners.
Dodge and company want to evoke a trattoria set along the Italian Riviera by way of lots of light: high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling doors opening onto Sansom Street (facing Zavino), an open kitchen, and an S-shaped dining room that will include a nine-seat bar and adjacent five-seat raw bar.
There also will be a semicircular, semiprivate dining area (20 for sitdown, 40 for cocktails), partly set off from the main dining room.
Though a menu and beverage list were not made available over the weekend, a rep says to expect 20 "diverse and unusual" wines by the glass as well as chilled champagne and white wines kept on ice at the bar.
Chef Carlos Aparicio, overseeing Tredici and the Zavinos, is focusing much of the menu on rustic, vegetable-driven dishes in various sizes. Dodge's wife, Emily, has lent her falafel recipe.