Francesco Parmisciano, who cooked for a dozen years in the Lamberti organization (most recently at Pomodoro in Wilmington) has opened
, an Italian BYOB, at 1533 S. 11th St. (215-336-3636), on the square where 11th, Passyunk and Tasker meet. (It's the former home of Tre Scalini, which early last year moved a few blocks away to 1915 E. Passyunk.)
Parmisciano - "as in the cheese," as he is wont to say - is partnered with Sonny DeCarlo, who owns the building. (DeCarlo has been around the block. Literally. In 1961, DeCarlo opened a sandwich shop called Steak-A-Roma in the building, kitty-corner to Da Vinci's, at 11th and Tasker Streets, that is now Chiarella's.
It's open for dinner only, seven nights (3 p.m. seating on Sunday). Menu encompasses all of Italy and does not adhere to the South Philly formula. Pastas include gnocchi with tuna in oil and olives in a red gravy ($16); risotto with calamari, shrimp and clams with onion, carrots, celery and asparagus ($17); and spaghetti with artichoke hearts, clams, shrimp, and topped with ricotta salata ($18).
Mains ($20 to $23) include breaded veal cutlet (with garlic, raisins, pine nuts, cherry tomatoes, and basil in a sweet-and-sour sauce); veal rollatini (stuffed with ham, raisins, pecorino dolce, herbs, and topped with a shallot-and-wine sauce); chicken breast (stuffed with toasted almonds, chopped ham, garlic, oregano and lemon zest, and then topped with a wine-lemon sauce) and grilled chicken breast (topped with gorgonzola, toasted walnut and balsamic reduction).
They're planning seating in the courtyard; an alleyway would allow wheelchair access.
Gary Trevisani, the TV chef and instructor at the Restaurant School of Walnut Hill College, bought
(503 Orchard Ave., Kennett Square, 610-388-1100). Entrees on his Euro-style menu (
) are $28 to $34. It's open Wednesdays to Saturdays.
A July 5 "or something like that" opening is the target for
at 2104 Chestnut St., the second location of the Cal-Mex quick-serve that started five years ago at Eighth and Walnut. This outlet from John McNamee and Garrett Goggin will have counter service as well as a liquor license. It also will have a service bar - a rarity in Philly. (Patrons can order beers and margaritas at the register; they'll be served in real glass, and patrons can take the drinks to their tables.) The front will feature flip-open windows, and it will serve till 2 a.m. later in the week, they say.
Tom Block of
Naked Chocolate Cafe
has signed for a second spot, at 31 S. 18th St., in the rear of the United Plaza Building. This location will have more seating than the original at 1317 Walnut St., including a patio and a mezzanine for parties. He says he's hoping to open in October.
will be the name of a seafood grill opening in about a month at the site of the old Top Shelf II at 1433 Arch St., across from the Municipal Services Building. The location, just off 15th and Arch, is a few doors from what will be a swank Le Meridien hotel.
Jen Zavala will be chef at
El Camino Real
, the Mexican border bar that Owen Kamihira is building in the former site of Deuce in Northern Liberties' Liberties Walk; a mid-August opening is planned. She's working out of Kamihira's other place, Bar Ferdinand, across the way. Her resume includes Deuce and Silk City after stops in California (she owned a place in Long Beach), Connecticut and New Jersey.
, Ben Byruch's BYO yearling in the subterranean space at 223 South St., has closed.
finale will be Saturday night. Stephen Starr then will close it for about four months to transform it into
Butcher & Singer
, a Hollywood-style steak house. In other Starr news, he says he will not redevelop
, the brasserie in the Sofitel, after all. A hotel spokeswoman said a remodeling is planned for next year, with or without a partner.