New Fine Dining for Both Sides of BroadBy Danya Henninger
August 14, 2013
Two new and notable Center City restaurant projects have come to light, one on the east side of Broad and one to the west.
Petruce et al is the project slated for the former clothing boutique at 1121 Walnut Street, The Insider reports, a fitting name for a restaurant from brothers Justin and Jonathan Petruce. Both previously worked at Meme and formerly-Mike-Stollenwerk-run seafood favorites (Fish and Little Fish, respectively). Their new dining room will showcase American cuisine cooked in two custom-built wood-burning ovens, including house-baked bread. An opening later this year is targeted.
At 1716 Chestnut Street, it’s Italian cuisine that’s on the horizon. Per The Insider, the onetime Copa Miami will become Gran Caffe L’Aquila. Named after the Abruzzese town, the bi-level bar and lounge will serve small plates, house pastries and world-famous gelato - partners in the venture apparently won the “World Cup of Gelato” in 2009 and are moving from Abruzzo to Philadelphia.
An Italian news site notes that the pair, Stefano Biasini and Michele Morelli were also ranked first in the 2013 international gelato expo known as Sigep; they wowed the jury with pepper gelato served over fried and battered cod. We’ll have to wait until at least spring to taste it.