Head to Havertown for the Ultimate Italian Market Experience

Fast lifestyles intersect with old world traditions and slow foods in Havertown at Pepperoncini Italian Market and Catering.

Owners Paul DiBona and Tom Defruscio and their partner Dan Duffy added another delicious ingredient to their culinary trifecta in October, a traditional Italian market in Havertown, halfway between their Pepperoncini restaurants in Conshohocken and Phoenixville. Whether it’s a quick bite at lunch or a feast for the whole family, this intimate market adds Italian tradition to every meal.

The sandwich: many offer it, few perfect it and the team behind the Pepperoncini brand make one memorable sandwich. From the staple sandwiches like the classic Italian piled with imported, thinly sliced meats to their original “Mick Meatloaf” with meatloaf, cooper sharp and garlic mayo, each of the market’s 33 sandwiches starts with the best bread in the business—Sarcone’s bread.

First time visitors should start with the Roast Pork or Our Way Sandwiches. The pork is slow cooked with the bone in for 6–8 hours, resulting in a moist, savory sammy topped with freshly roasted broccoli rabe and sharp provolone. After one bite of the Our Way sandwich, thin slices of chicken cutlets breaded with Sarcone’s bread crumbs, roasted red peppers, fontina cheese and sweet garlic mayo, you’ll never crave a sandwich any other way.

Half sandwiches are 12 inches, ranging from $6.50 to $9, and their whole sandwiches are two feet and run between $16.75 and $19. The real steal is their 4 4 6 Classic Havertown Exchange, where any of their four classics—the Roast Pork, Roast Beef, Meatball Parm and Sausage Scallopini—comes with a bag of chips for $6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

“One of the things we hear all the time is that Havertown needed a place like this,” said Pepperoncini team member Albert Defruscio. “We just did a delivery to the Lawrence Park Industrial Center and the following day the girl called back, ordered again and said, ‘I just want to let you guys know that we’ve been here in business for 20 years, ordering lunch every day. I’m used to pizza shops and hoagies that are just thrown together. Your place is like having South Philly brought to Havertown.”

Pepperoncini’s enormous menu goes beyond soups, salads and sandwiches: the market also offers a variety of strombolis, pasta entrees and pizzas made with homemade marinara sauces that always come out thin, well done and crispy. The market’s shelves and cases are stocked with Springfield Pasta Company, homemade veal, pork, and beef meatballs, red sauce, soups, pasta salads, olive oil, cannolis, biscotti, baked goods, chunks of cheeses, rolls, and imported deli meat available by the pound.

Families with busy schedules shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor for convenience. Pepperoncini’s family style meals of roasted chicken, meatloaf and ravioli feed four to six and are available for $33 after 3 p.m. during the week. Pepperoncini Italian Market offers catering for your next gathering, whether you require a sandwich tray for a Phillies game gathering or full service catering for your wedding, communion, or graduation party.

All day call-ahead ordering and delivery after 4 p.m. can be placed by calling (484) 454-5995.Pepperoncini Italian Market is located at 101 W. Eagle Road in Havertown; store hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Diego’s Cantina And Tequila Bar Hosts Mango Ginger IPA Night with Boxcar Brewing Co.

Diego’s Cantina and Tequila Bar is getting in on the fun of Philly Beer Week with the help of Boxcar Brewing Co.!

Join Diego’s on Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. to sample Boxcar’s super-popular Mango Ginger IPA. The cantina recommends that you pair this golden brew, infused with hints of caramel, ginger and mango, with a special meal of grilled shrimp, mango salsa and fried plantains that Diego’s will be serving up in honor of the occasion.

A portion of the proceeds from Mango Ginger IPA will help pay the travel expenses of West Chester graduate Megan Soring, who will be teaching English and HIV/AIDS awareness to children in Africa. “Community Support Beer”—we can definitely get behind that!

Diego’s Cantina and Tequila Bar is located at 214 W. State Street in Media; phone: (484) 442-8741.

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Treat Your Wine-Loving Dad To a Memorable Father’s Day at Penns Woods Winery

Celebrate dear old Dad on two days, June 15 at 16, at Penns Woods Winery!

Sign Dad up for a Ceramics Class and Wine Tasting on Saturday, June 15. The four-hour ceramics class presented by the Red Barn Arts Center and complemented by a tasting of Penns Woods’ finest, will unleash Dad’s creative side. All materials and firing are included, and he’ll make a wine tumbler to take home, too. Cost for the class is $74.

Visitors to the winery on Saturday will also be able to treat Dad to a regular wine tasting for half off the usual price and enjoy delicious homemade dishes by the Koi on the Go food truck.

Sunday, June 16, bring Dad to Penns Woods for a Wine, Cheese, and Honey Pairing. This private pairing is $25 per person and includes five wines paired with five cheeses and five local honeys. Reservations are required for this pairing. Call (610) 459-0808 to make yours today!

Also on Sunday, enjoy live music, half-off regular wine tastings for Dad and fresh out of the brick oven pizza by Pizza Wagon Catering Co.

Cheers to you, Dad—enjoy your special day!

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13th Annual Brandywine Craft Brewers’ Festival Hits State Street

Cloudy skies didn’t dampen the mood at the 13th Annual Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’ Festival held this past Saturday, May 18. Over 1,200 beer lovers gathered along State Street and the parking lot alongside Iron Hill in Media, quenching their thirst with a wide variety of beers from 35 of the best craft brewers.

Kevin Finn from Iron Hill Brewery was thrilled with the turnout. “It’s a great day. Thank God the rain has held off,” he said as he looked up to the sky. “It’s an exciting day for beer and also what we do for the Media Youth Center. Over $150,000 has been raised for the youth center over the years. It’s great to be able to do something for the community.”

One of the beloved traditions of this festival is the Pouring of the Methusalems. Iron Hill Media’s Head Brewer Bob Barrar appeared on a platform holding up a giant 6-liter bottle of their Bourbon Wee Heavy and the crowd surged forward as if at a rock show. Barrar slowly and carefully poured this amazing beer into the cups of the throngs of waiting beer fans. This year, Barrar poured the Bourbon Wee Heavy at 2:30 p.m., and a Bourbon Tripel at 4 p.m. I was lucky enough to sample the Wee Heavy, and it was a stellar full-bodied brew.

Bill Moore from Lancaster Brewing Company took a break from pouring his Strawberry Wheat Lager to chat about the fruit beer and the festival. “Ours is an American wheat lager that we add the flavor too. You get a little strawberry on the palate. It’s subtle, it’s a very drinkable beer.” Looking around at the smiling faces sipping beer, Bill proclaimed, “I love this festival. I’ve been here every year. Last year, somebody from the youth center came around and thanked everyone.” With a smile, he noted, “It’s beer season!”

Around the corner, Sam Hoff from Twin Lakes Brewing was greeting beer lovers with a big smile. “This is an amazing little festival,” he told me. “What I really like about it is, it’s intimate. Here you have some of the great breweries along the East Coast. Iron Hill has 15 different beers on tap, which is amazing! This is fun just to come out and taste them. This is the one event we try to do every year, because it is more intimate and it is for a great cause.”

Last year, Pinocchio’s Beer Garden’s tent featured Ship Bottom Brewery, a true micro brewery started in Rob Zarko’s garage in Wallingford, Pa. This year, Ship Bottom had their own tent and served up their classic Barnacle Bottom Stout. The taste of chocolate and coffee floated off my tongue on this one. Rob told me he has had a busy but productive year. “We got full licensing in January. We have about 10 beers that are legal,” and he noted several Delco bars are now serving Ship Bottom on draft.

As mentioned earlier, Iron Hill had a wide variety of beers for sampling throughout the day. I shared a Triple Sec with the Town Dish’s Amy Strauss and Photographer Allison Benford. This was another killer beer at 9% ABV, a tasty citrus ale with a spicy taste of plums and bananas.

One beer surprised me more than any other. As I stood at the Iron Hill tent, a gentleman named Mike saw I was eyeing up the kegs behind the table and asked if I wanted a sample. Sure, I replied. He poured me a sample of the Bourbon Logan, a full-bodied colonial ale that had been aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. At 9.7% ABV, this beer had it all. The sweetness from the caramel malts balanced with the bourbon and vanilla. One amazing beer.

Brew festivals are about discovering new beers and breweries, and there was plenty to sample throughout the event. A few of the more interesting tastings on the day were:

  • Prism Brewing Company served up Blonde is Evil, an ale made with the strange combination of strawberries and jalapenos. It was a beer that was smooth on the first sip, but the jalapeno kick creeped up afterwards.
  • Stewart’s Brewing Company served a smoked porter that had been brewed with smoked beechwood malt. While smoked beers aren’t my thing, it was interesting to sample this.
  • Philadelphia Brewing Company served up their Newbold India Pale Ale, an intense and hoppy IPA.
  • Tired Hands Brewing Company kicked one keg quickly, but we caught a sample of their Black IPA. This is a beer where the sight of the black beer is at odds with the hoppiness within, but it is a refreshing brew.
  • Victory Brewing Company surprised us by serving up their fall classic, Moonglow Weizenbock. One of my favorite all-time beers.
  • Flying Fish Brewing Company was sampling their Red Fish Ale. This red ale was a good strong beer that is very smooth and drinkable.
  • This year, the Pinocchio’s tent served up a variety of beers from Bullfrog Brewery, a micro-brewery based out of Williamsport. Bullfrog’s Op Tight was a very satisfying Belgian-style coffee stout.

Late in the day, a light drizzle fell for a few moments before passing over. By that time, fest-goers were all in good spirits, comparing tasting notes and making new friends. The 13th Annual Brandywine Craft Brewers’ Festival was coming to a successful close and folks made their way to many of Media’s fine restaurants for a meal before heading home. We’re already looking forward to next year!

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Taqueria Del Sol Hosts Pre-Grand Opening to Support Bringing Hope Home, June 1

Join Taqueria Del Sol on June 1 for a sneak peak at its “pre-grand opening!” This new taco restaurant and bar in Springfield will be supporting Bringing Hope Home as part of the festivities. 50% of the total sales from the night will be donated to this worthy cause and the families it serves.

This menu at at Taqueria Del Sol is driven by southwestern cuisine, yet many of the dishes feature cross-cultural flair—with the spice of Mexican fare, the boldness of southwestern food and the comfort of southern cuisines. Fine dining ingredients are matched with fast-casual prices; in addition to a distinctive selection of bottled beers, Taqueria del Sol boasts an expansive tequila list, specialty margaritas and a “build-your-own margarita” option.

Reservations for the event are required! All you need to do to check out this new spot and support Bringing Hope Home is email Mike with your name and the number of people in your group.

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