Turns out that “big news” that the folks at Alla Spina teased this morning on Twitter isn’t so big after all. But it’s still pretty cool. Steve Wildy, who serves as Beverage Director for the Vetri family of restaurants is taking over the General Manager duties at the gastro-funhouse. With his new role, he will continue making the beer, wine and booze decisions for the growing restaurant group, while doubling as the head honcho up there on North Broad Street. In a cheeky video (it’s posted below) Wildy says that he will announce beer specials, classes and other fun drinking activities at Alla Spina via his new Weekly Wildy YouTube clips. But that’s not all that’s happening in personnel news.
Last week, Nick Macri, who we hear once caused Marc Vetri to suffer third degree burns on his hand during staff training in the run up to Osteria’s opening years ago, has been promoted to executive chef at Southwark. He’s been holding that kitchen down since 2010. Now that he’s been named the restaurant’s grand poobah, he’s tweaking the menus, and extending hours of service. On Wednesday, January 16, he’s serving a special “Producers Dinner” that throws the spotlight on Fishtown small-batch roasters, Re-Animaor Coffee. Check out the menu here.
And finally, Interstate Draft House has a new chef. He’s Dan Bellotti, and his last hitch was at Farmers’ Cabinet, which oddly enough is where former IDH chef Jennifer Zavala landed after exiting the Fishtown watering hole.