Welcome back to Philly Finds, your occasional dose of things to see and do around the city.
This past weekend was simply glorious. I went to the farmer’s market with my little iced coffee and bought a little bouquet of flowers and had the cutest of days. I cherish these type of weekend afternoons that seem to stretch for hours.
I like to think that I’m thee person who hates the PPA the most (which is a title I also don’t want??), but I think that Philly comedian Chris Aileo has me beat. When I first read a Philly Mag article titled This Guy Hates the PPA More Than You, I was aghast! I-I’m right here! However, after watching the incredible video Chris put together below, I can admit defeat. Bravo, Chris, bravo.
Illata – 2241 Grays Ferry Ave, Grad Hospital
Newly opened Illata is the brainchild of Chef Aaron Randi. The space is intimate – really intimate, as there couldn’t be more than 30 seats. But that’s arguably, aside from the food, its biggest charm. Most notable is the gorgeous wood-paneled bar located towards the back. The space evokes a European feel, a chic place to be to meet a fabulous friend for dinner, which is exactly what I was doing.
The menu showcases local seafood and produce, and we ordered the bread and butter, marinated mussels (incredible), fried clams, Trofie alla Pesto, and Rigatoni Amatriciana. It’s BYOB, and I believe it will be a rotating menu – don’t quote me on that though.
There’s another new Philly restaurant I’ll be dining at soon, I can’t wait to write about it…
Tuna Bar – 205 Race St, Old City
My friend Ellie (of Wallace Street Bake Shop) first told me about the heaven that is Tuna Bar in Old City, and ever since then I had been itching to go. An opportunity finally presented itself, and I was so excited to finally experience it. Ellie had suggested the tuna flatbread and lychee martini, both which did not disappoint. We also ordered Shishito Peppers, Pork Gyoza and plenty of rolls. Plan here for your next big girls dinner.
Ritual is one of my favorite shops in the city, so I was dismayed when I saw that its Rittenhouse location appeared to be closing. But it actually looks like they’ve reopened, but with a new concept. I’m excited to see what the new space looks like and how it will be used!
Made on American Street Festival – May 20th
It’s officially street festival season – this past weekend alone I went to the Rittenhouse Farmers Market and South Street Festival. And very soon the Made on American Street Festival RETURNS for its 17th year; highlighting the BEST that Kensington has to offer in food, drink, music, and crafts! Kensington neighborhood is gearing up for its annual Made on American Street Festival, kicks-off Saturday, May 20th. The festival will take place on the newly renovated American St in Kensington! The festival promises to be a day of celebration, creativity, food, drink and inspiration, showcasing the best of Philadelphia’s artistic community.
Other local places + businesses to check out:
Finally, I hate to ask but…
Positive Publicity has been nominated again for Metro Philadelphia’s Best Philly Blog! Philadelphia Magazine is also holding a “Best Philly Influencer” contest, and your nomination would be so appreciated!
Positive Publicity has been my love letter to this city for 10 years now, and your vote and your nomination for my lil blog would mean the world to me ❤️