Posted by Foobooz on February 8th, 2013
Posted by Foobooz on August 8th, 2012
Bon Appetit’s Ten Best New Restaurants list will be released on August 14th but today BA is releasing its 50 nominees on bonappetit.com.
Two local restaurants make the nomination list, Marc Vetri’s Alla Spina and Joseph Baldino’s Zeppoli in Collingswood. Of course before Baldino opened Zeppoli, he was Vetri’s chef de cuisine at Vetri.
Top 50 Best New Restaurant Nominees [Bon Appetit]
Photo via Bon Appetit | Jason Varney
Posted by Foobooz on February 21st, 2012
The 2012 James Beard Semifinalists have been announced and Philadelphia area chefs and restaurants seem to have a bigger representation than normal. Tashan, The Farm and Fisherman and Zeppoli all make the list for Best New Restaurant. Pierre Calmels, Bibou; David Gilberg, Koo Zee Doo; Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella and Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo all make the semifinals for Best Chef Midatlantic (remember, past winners aren’t eligible).
Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala and Fond’s Lee Styer were nominated for Rising Star Chef, while Jessie Prawlucki (Fond/Belle Cakery) made the list for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Not bad East Passyunk, not bad at all.
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Posted by Foobooz on December 2nd, 2011
Foodzings reminds us that The Farm and Fisherman is still rocking it on Pine Street. [Foodzings]
Le Gout Friand takes advantage of a pre-Thanksgiving wine shopping trip to hit up Zeppoli in Collingswood where she experiences an excellent meal without a single mention of decibels. [Le Gout Friand]
We totally forgot Craig LaBan’s review of Wah-Gi-Wah in West Philadelphia. Thanks to Midtown Lunch we received a much needed reminder that the small storefront serves a mean Chicken Chargha. [Midtown Lunch]
No Love More Sincere loves, loves, loves their experience at Cook. [No Love More Sincere]
Posted by Foobooz on November 28th, 2011
The dishes at Zeppoli may appear simple, but Trey Popp finds that chef/owner Joey Baldino manages to make every dish transcendent.
Those silken tangles of tagliatelle, for example, conjure fantasies of an orchard at the edge of a fishermen’s colony—the lemon zest and juice melding with the cured roe’s briny umami wallop, melding in turn with sparingly buttered starches that shine with citrus but cloak its acidity. A late-summer panzanella was textbook but transporting: offering superior tomatoes, oversize croutons derived from house-made bread, and white anchovy fillets both mellow and pure. Baldino’s whole fishes—bronzino one night, orata on a luckier one—were as flawless as the grilled zucchini and artichoke hearts astride them; his Sicilian stew was a dark melody of shellfish stock and saffron, shrimp and crisp-edged swordfish.
Three Stars – Excellent
Zeppoli: The Hard Sell [Philadelphia magazine]
Photograph by Courtney Apple
Posted by Foobooz on November 14th, 2011
Craig LaBan enjoyed his dinner if not the din at Collingswood’s Zeppoli.
A baked orata with crispy potatoes gilded by slow-cooked artichokes and caper berries, and oil-cured, was the juiciest whole fish I’ve eaten this year. Goat stewed in milk to sublime tenderness is finished to a crisp in the oven with a crust of herbed lardo. Addictive little twists of Sicilian fusilli come tossed in a vivid green pesto “Trapanese” made from pistachios, almonds, and basil so fragrant it seduces your senses before you even take a bite. And then I took many.
Posted by Foobooz on August 11th, 2011
Boby Flay’s burger emporium, Bobby’s Burger Palace is going to be coming to the Cherry Hill Mall in early 2012 late 2011. [The Insider]
Zeppoli opens tonight in Collingswood. Vetri alum Joey Baldino will be whipping up Sicilian dishes in his own 35-seat BYOB. [f8b8z]
The lights are out and the windows are papered at West Chester’s gastropub, the Pale Horse. [WC Dish]
Posted by Tara Nurin on August 4th, 2011
In a sign that Collingswood truly might be Philadelphia’s newest food annex, chef Joey Baldino–a long-time protégé of Marc Vetri and a man whose resume, at 33, makes the rest of us look like we wasted the first three decades of our lives doing little more than scratching our nuts–is scheduled to open his Sicilian BYOB, Zeppoli, across Mr. Franklin’s bridge sometime next week.
Owning a restaurant has been a life-long goal for Baldino, who grew up in South Philly and spent the aughts as sous and chef de cuisine at Vetri and Osteria. The man has traversed the city (and the world) to work for chefs as enviable as Georges Perrier, Jose Garces, Michael Solomonov, Alice Waters and Daniel Boulud. He spent time in Sicily with Anna Tasca Lanza. Oh, and also picked up a degree from the French Culinary Institute.
Posted by Foobooz on June 16th, 2011
In New Jersey, a business or individual can only own two liquor licenses. Wegmans is getting around the law with Wegmans Wines, Liquor and Beer, a Home Depot sized liquor store slated to open on Haddonfield Avenue in Cherry Hill. The liquor store will be owned by a separate company and will lease the Wegmans name and logos. [Courier Post]
Speaking of alcohol sales in supermarkets, the Mile Post Pub has opened in Devon’s Whole Foods. The 5,000 sqft space holds its official opening on Saturday. The pub offers seating for 57 and you’ll find wine by the glass and beers available by the glass or growler.
Ralic’s Steakhouse in Haddonfield opens Saturday night. Hell’s Kitchen contestant Ed Battaglia is in the kitchen. Ralic’s menu will be priced between $10 and $18 for appetizers, entrees will cost range from the mid-twenties and mid-forties. Bataglia will continue to direct the culinary arts program at Garfield Park Academy in Willingboro, NJ. [Ralic's Steakhouse]
Vetri alum Joey Baldino has chosen Zeppoli as the name for his Collingswood BYOB. The spot which was the previous home of IndeBlue hopes to open next month. [The Insider]
Trax Restaurant and Cafe in the Ambler train station is beginning acoustic guitar on Thursday nights. Michael Del Conte will be on the patio (or inside if it rains) starting at 6:30 p.m tonight. He will continue on Thursday nights through at least July 7. [Trax Restaurant & Cafe]
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