Congrats go out to Vetri Restaurants Steve Wildy, who has recently been named general manager at Alla Spina. The organization’s beverage director has added the second title and kicked off what we hope will truly be a series, Weekly Wildy.
Pizza Brain, the Frankford Avenue pizza shop and museum is opening this Friday and yesterday we got to check it out. We’re happy to say that the pizza is not an afterthought, delivering a solid American-style (not Neopolitan) pie. The pepperoni curled up nicely, with crisped edges, the leoparding spots of char dotted but didn’t overwhelm the crust and the sweet peach and goat cheese slice proved these guys can make a seriously creative pizza.
We’ll have more on Pizza Brain on Friday including our favorite pizza related item in the museum but we really wanted to share their opening video with you today.
Cooking at the James Beard House is no small thing. It takes a lot of work (and a lot of money) to put those plates on the table–as chef Jeffrey Power and his crew from Dettera would be the first to tell you. Here’s a quick peek at how it looks from the inside.
It looks like the freaks fellows behind Little Baby’s Ice Cream have a new fan. Over at Boing Boing, Cory Doctrow has fallen for the company’s various weird-ass videos, calling them “excellent nightmare-fuel advertisements” and giving them a very nice national platform.
Frankly, we couldn’t agree more. People made of ice cream eating their own heads? Fractal progressions of ice cream people all being licked by bigger and bigger ice cream people to the accompaniment of some kind of bizarre tone-poem that sounds like it was written (and maybe narrated) by a young and junkie-tastic William S. Burroughs? It’s all very, very strange. And we hear that if you turn the sound down and hit play just as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon kicks in, they will BLOW YOUR TINY LITTLE MIND.
Here’s some Friday silliness, for anyone sitting at their desk, bored. My cheffy friend Wade, who works out in Arizona, was featured on Conan O’Brien for saying ‘thrice.’ Unrelated facts! Wade introduced me to ramps, way back in the ’90s and he taught me about how saltpeter is used in sausage-making. I always thought he should have a cooking show, but it would have to be on pay TV because I’ve never heard him complete a sentence without dropping an f-bomb in it at least once. Except for this one!