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Maria's pizza and pasta in hockessin

Thanks for reporting back...good to know!

Nov 17, 2014
bluehensfan in Mid-Atlantic

Maria's pizza and pasta in hockessin

Hmmm wonder if that's the former owner's father that used to own Nonna's on Rt. 4?

Nov 14, 2014
bluehensfan in Mid-Atlantic

Maria's pizza and pasta in hockessin

That may be the owner's hubby though!

Nov 14, 2014
bluehensfan in Mid-Atlantic

Fall menus

Positano Coast added some items for the fall. Also the 13th St. entourage (Little Nonna's, Barbuzzo, etc.) added some fall menu items and desserts.

Nov 14, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Maria's pizza and pasta in hockessin

The chef was the husband of the owner so I would not be too optimistic. At least Hood's BBQ is still open for take-out so I won't starve.

Nov 14, 2014
bluehensfan in Mid-Atlantic

Maria's pizza and pasta in hockessin

Wow. That is Sad news. But in the past few months it seems like the quality has been slipping a bit. While the pastas are still very good, the desserts are not nearly as good as they used to be. I wonder when the sale happened...the last time we were there was probably in September.

Nov 13, 2014
bluehensfan in Mid-Atlantic

brunch/lunch place for bridal shower or 50 people

Estia has a great banquet space and their food is delicious: http://www.estiarestaurant.com/banque...

Nov 07, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

First time at Zahav

My vote is for the Mesibah tasting menu. It's only a few bucks more per person than the Tayim but you get their succulent lamb shoulder whoch you will probably have trouble finishing. It's a lot of food but it's why restaurants have doggie bags. The lamb will be the highlight of your meal. I would also recommend getting the haloumi cheese as part of your meal. Have fun!

Nov 06, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Cooking Classes in Phila. Proper

La Cucina is not at RTM anymore unfortunately but the space is in the process of getting new classes up and running.

COOK on 20th St. has a number of chef-run classes every month. Here is the latest schedule: http://shop.audreyclairecook.com/Sear...

As an aside, I really miss those free cooking demos that Foster's used to have...remember those?

Nov 03, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Krazy Kats Wilmington DE

Hey Sal,

See you at El Diablo...

Oct 31, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia
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restaurants for interesting (moderate priced) dinner near Reading Terminal Mkt

You are also close to all the restos on 13th St. (Barbuzzo, Little Nonna's, Zavino, etc.) All of these are very good but some of the dishes at the first two may exceed your price limit.

Oct 28, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia
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Annenberg Zellerbach Theater

Zavino's a few blocks away and has great pizzas and small plates.

Oct 27, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Pretzel Salt?

You could also ask Roger, the manager at Miller's Twist in Reading Terminal if he could sell you some. How much do you need?

Oct 22, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Lunch, not brunch, on Saturday--Center City/Museums

Oh shoot, I just saw "light lunch" and forgot I did not mention Tria. Really good small plates, a number of which are vegetarian.

Philly trip & a holla for help. Again :-)

Cheu is really good, especially their hand torn noodles. It's tiny though and you will want to sit at the bar and admire the lamps. Seems more of a lunch destination if you ask me.

Oct 16, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia
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Lunch, not brunch, on Saturday--Center City/Museums

Little Nonna's, Zavino, Lacroix, and Barbuzzo all do lunch. Oyster House does brunch but it is lunch-centric.

Oct 16, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia
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Hope's Cookies.... I don't get it

Every Hope's Cookie I have eaten has been just "pretty good." Nothing exciting (but much better than those lardy Insomnia Cookies if you ask me).

Oct 15, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Volver Lowers Prices and Eliminates Tickets

I also wonder if the less-than-stellar Inky review did not help. It's not as if he's exactly starving though.

Maybe Philly folks are sending a message that we won't pay top $ for haute cuisine without the goods to back it up since there are many other great digs in town (where the chef is actually there most of the time).

Sep 19, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia
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ISO suggestions for an Italian restaurant near Convention Center?

Zavino's really good with kids (but they take no reservations). Really good thin crust pizzas and small plates. But not traditional Italian by any means (think boar ragu) but great margerita pizzas, etc that may work for your child. Nonna's has more traditional fare -but- the meatballs there are a little bit on the spicy side.

Sep 18, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

ISO suggestions for an Italian restaurant near Convention Center?

Little Nonna's. Or Barbuzzo or Zavino...

Sep 18, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Trip Report: Dining unexpectedly on a dime

Thanks for the post! I was slow to respond because I just got back from traveling abroad where I was repeatedly warned about pickpocketers and beggars. I encountered neither (and even looked high and low for beggars but did not see any...try that in Philly!) Your post reminds me that I also need to be vigilant about pickpocketers here. I hope your visit to our lovely town was not tarnished by your misfortune and as you found out there are silver linings in black clouds. Philly has some wonderful, caring people and we have some great restaurants and a fabulous Market where good deals can be found.

Sep 16, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Good BBQ in Philly or Wilmington?

I actually called and the truck is operational. It's in the back parking lot. It's open from 8 AM to 3 PM Tuesday through Saturday. But not late enough for me :(

Sep 11, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Good BBQ in Philly or Wilmington?

Cindy, Thanks for the heads up about Hood's. I bet it saved me a trip this weekend!

Sep 11, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Quick Philly pre-trip advice

I would reconsider putting Zavino in for Nomad (well at least Nomad Roman). We eat at Zavino all of the time and the one time we switched it up and tried Nomad we were not at all blown away. Besides, Zavino has some good small plates and a yummy chocolate mousse Budino-type knock off dessert that is really good.

Def do Amada over GTC.

Aug 22, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

Sovana Bistro is good in Unionville as is Hood's BBQ up the street from them a short way (very informal though). In Kennett Byrsa Bistro is a great BYO and go to La Michohana for excellent ice cream.

Aug 14, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

First Time Visitor Restaurant Suggestions

Zavino has great pizza and small plates. It's at 3200 Chestnut in University City. There is also a Federal Donuts in UCity on Sansom between 35th and 36th St. Great donuts and decent fried chicken.

I would add Zahav to your dinner list. Also, make sure to visit Reading Terminal Market for breakfast, lunch, or snacks while you are in town.

Aug 07, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Restaurant near the Ritz for excellent food with a baby

The Oyster House is great for seafood and good with kids. A safe bet with excellent, really fresh seafood.

My only gripe with OH is that their current pastry chef is not as talented as their previous one. But still a great place to go!

Aug 01, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

problem

Wow. I thought it was just me getting old :)

Jul 30, 2014
bluehensfan in Site Talk

Looking for great counter service eats in Philly

FWIW many Reading Terminal Market stands are closed on Sunday so if you are planning to go there you might want to switch your days around. Another good option would be to sit at the counter at Pizzeria Vetri which is close to Frankin Institute and very kid friendly.

Jul 21, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia

Best lunch spots

Oyster House and Estia both have good fish. Tria would fit the bill for a good salad.

Jul 21, 2014
bluehensfan in Philadelphia