Food & Wine Tours Philadelphia, Gets It Right

By Danya Henninger
October 7, 2013
By Danya Henninger  |  October 7, 2013
Photo by: Danya Henninger

Food & Wine's Kate Krader is originally from Philadelphia, but in the past decade, she's made only one trip down from her new hometown of NYC. (Even F&W editor Dana Cowin’s early hint that something was happening here, published in 2007, didn’t tug strongly enough on Krader’s palate.)

But as we know, things here have exploded since then, so in the November issue of the magazine, we get a huge spread on the Philly food scene (online here). Accompanied by native and well-versed dining partners like Questlove, the City Paper’s Adam Erace and Edible Philly’s Joy Manning, Krader makes her way through our culinary landscape. With those guides, it’s no surprise she hit many of the city’s hottest spots.

Talula’s Garden chef Sean McPaul wows her with a tomato salad, and Vedge’s Rich Landau sweeps her off her feet with beets. Though Pizzeria Vetri wasn’t yet open, Krader gets a sneak peak of the pizzas and approves. She also falls for Alla Spina’s “North Philly cheesesteak.”

Maccheroni alla mugnaia is apparently missing from the NY scene, because Joe Cicala’s single 60-foot-long strand of pasta at Le Virtu knocks Krader off her feet (though she says that during her visit, at least half a dozen people referred to East Passyunk as “the new Williamsburg," a claim we’re dubious about unless she went with half a dozen other New Yorkers).

The bread Eli Kulp serves at Fork was deemed noteworthy - imagine, impressing someone from NYC with bread! - and even usually shy Peter Serpico welcomes the out-of-town writer to Serpico with a hearty laugh and smile, thrilling her with his fried duck buns. Vernick’s toast gets the final shout out on this visit, and you're left certain there's no way Krader will wait another 10 years for a return trip.

Places Mentioned

Talula's Garden

Organic • Washington Square West

Food27 Decor27 Service25 Cost$66

Vegetarian • Washington Square West

Food28 Decor26 Service26 Cost$60
Pizzeria Vetri

Pizza • Logan Square

Food25 Decor18 Service23 Cost$24
Alla Spina

Italian • Spring Garden

Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$39
Le Virtù

Italian • East Passyunk Crossing

Food25 Decor22 Service24 Cost$51

American • Old City

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$63

American • Bella Vista

Food26 Decor25 Service24 Cost$74
Vernick Food & Drink

American • Rittenhouse Square

Food28 Decor24 Service26 Cost$63
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