Square One Opens in Wash West, New Victory Beer, Exploding Prosecco Bottles
Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits
• Lancaster-based coffee roaster Square One has officially opened its first Philly cafe. Located at 249 South 13th Street, just north of Spruce, the coffee shop serves espresso, drip and iced coffee along with pastries from Four Worlds Bakery and treats from Philly Cupcake. The storefront is open daily from 6 AM-8 PM, making it a welcome addition to the Center City early morning scene, which is otherwise dominated by chains.
• Victory Brewing has introduced a brand new IPA series called Moving Parts. Beers you buy under that label will all be India pale ales, but each one batch will be unique, thanks to different whole-flower hop varieties, different malts or different yeasts. Look for the beer on tap and in 22-oz. bottles in stores starting now.
• What’s makes a real stromboli? According to the grandson of the inventor, who now runs Romano’s Pizzeria (where the stromboli was born), there’s no pizza sauce involved. "Just two layers of dough, lunch meat, cheese, and peppers — that’s all it is,” Peter Romano tells Nick Vadala for an interesting historical profile on Philly.com. We’re partial to the versions from Stogie Joe’s and Santucci’s, which don’t have sauce in the roll, but do come with marinara on the side for dipping.
• If you want to get inside the mind of Adam Leonti, and happen to have a few extra minutes, Eater has a long but info-packed interview with the Vetri chef. Find out why Vetri went tasting menu only, when the new upstairs will begin milling its own flour and why “hype” is anathema to the young toque.
• PSA from the PLCB: that prosecco you bought might explode. Don’t worry too much, it’s only one specific vintage — the Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013. Dan McQuade has more, including instructions for getting a refund if you did buy the explosive bottle, which apparently has already burst spontaneously in several Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.