FYI Philly tastes the bold flavors of Boricua 2.0, Gritty City Winery, Dom & Mia’s

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Alicia Vitarelli and Maggie Kent check out Cavanaugh’s new spot, Puerto Rican eats at Boricua 2.0 and Forever Changes Records.

Boricua #2, Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse are new to Philly’s dining scene

Boricua is Spanish for Puerto Rican and the restaurant’s motto is “Yo Soy Boricua Que Tu Lo Sepa” or “I’m proud to be Puerto Rican”.

That pride is in every detail of the decor as soon as you step in the door.

There is a bilingual menu with island trivia. Puerto Rico’s iconic frog, the coqui, is everywhere you look.

Owners and siblings Hector and Jasmine Serrano also added a wall with their mother’s sayings on it. Her mother’s longing for the flavors of her childhood, says Hector, is why Boricua exists.

Weekend specialties include dishes like steak and onions and fried pork chops, and the daily menu is filled with Puerto Rican favorites like red beans, sweet plantains, mofongo, and pastelillos.

The roast pork is the restaurant’s best seller. There’s boneless chicken served with a red sauce sauce and a seafood salad, also available in the crate to-go. The restaurants sell hundreds of tres leche a week.

While waiting for your food, you can pick up Puerto Rican souvenirs like Puerto Rican buttons for your crocodiles and Puerto Rican flags for your rearview mirror. There’s also a wall of merchandise with everything from Puerto Rican flag dresses and umbrellas to Puerto Rico Monopoly.

Each plate is emblazoned with a Puerto Rican flag and each seat has a slogan: “buen provencho,” meaning “bon appetit.”

Boricua No. 2 | Facebook

3843 Aramingo Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19137 (inside Aramingo Mall)

215-944-4646

For sports lovers, nearly a century old Cavanaugh’s has a brand new location in Rittenhouse called Cav’s Ritt.

The new location is just a block west of the old one, but twice the size. There is a bar on the first and second bars, 24 big screen TVs and an 11 x 6 inch video wall that allows the restaurant to show 12 different games at the same time.

They’ve also built in a pizza oven that can bake a 10-inch pie in four minutes.

There’s a Mediterranean salad with homemade falafel fried to order, and a menu with sharing options.

The place is carb-heavy, says GM Mike Anderson, who calls it a gluttonous, cheating place.

The award-winning wings are by far the best-sellers. There are half a dozen sauces to choose from, but the whiskey-based Cav sauce is a fan favorite.

There are 40 beers and no-frills cocktails like the Eagles Game Day Punch with tequila, pineapple juice, and Blue Curaao to keep things green.

There’s a blue drink named upstairs, says Mike, “because it goes down too easily.” It’s a mix of regular and coconut rum and coconut flavored Red Bull, a good pick-me-up for those days when you want to watch sports all day.

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse | Facebook | Instagram

1921 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103

215-665-9500

New suburban restaurants: Fiori Rosso, Bierhaul, Fire Nashville Hot Chicken

Three new venues from newcomers and established names on the dining scene bring very different offerings to the Philadelphia suburbs.

James Beard veteran Marc Vetri co-opened his first Italian steakhouse in Bryn Mawr Fiori Rosso.

The menu features steaks measuring up to 40 ounces with vegetables and sides meant for sharing.

at beer towa 17th-century stone house, has been converted into a European-style beer hall and garden.

Hailing from Ireland and France, the owners wanted to create what they were used to and have done so in this expansive space in Thornton, which includes a patio and outdoor area for family fun.

Fire Nashville Hot Chicken is a newcomer to West Chester and offers authentic hot chicken sandwiches and more, using techniques and ingredients the owners have learned from repeated trips to Nashville.

All items are prepared to order, including spice levels to suit personal tastes.

Fiore Rosso | Facebook | Instagram

915 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

484-380-2059

beer drag | Facebook | Instagram

341 Thornton Road, Thornton, PA 19373

610-550-3440

Fire Nashville Hot Chicken | Facebook | Instagram

126 East Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19382

484-947-5199

Dom and Mia’s pays homage to the couple’s hometown, young lives lost

The names chosen for this new Springfield restaurant stem from a sad story, but the family also takes joy in honoring the namesake’s memory and the awareness their story can bring.

Dom & Mia’s is named in memory of Domenico James and Mia Isabella, both of whom were lost to complications from premature birth.

Husband and wife team Steve and Jenna DeVito are now doing their best to raise awareness of the heartbreaking experience that many other parents are going through as well.

The couple have two young children aged 1 and 4 and they have joined the charity March of Dimes – they donate a percentage of the proceeds to the charity as well as to the doctors and nurses at Lankenau Intensive Care Unit, where all their children were born.

Their restaurant serves upscale home cooking and is located in Delaware County, where the couple, chef and most of the staff are from.

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Jenna, Vincenzo, Emma and Steve DeVito.

Dom and Mias | Facebook | Instagram

145 Saxer Avenue, Springfield, PA 19064

610-808-6381

The new Phoenixville record store continues the family legacy

Forever Changes Music and Gifts opened last fall, bringing the vinyl resurgence to Phoenixville’s Main Street.

Owner Shawn Cephas, 51, has been collecting since he was 13.

The shop stocks pretty much every genre imaginable. Shawn puts funk, soul, and hip-hop front and center in the quest because, as he puts it, “it takes a back seat in most places.”

Nothing is organized alphabetically, the emphasis is on crate exploration and discovery.

There’s a treasure hunt case where everything costs $1, and a chest full of music for Hope and Healing, a nod to the past few years.

As well as the vinyl there is a collection of gifts, from notebooks with old album covers to earrings and tie pins from old ’45s.

Everything is made by local artists and most live within walking distance of the shop

Shawn grew up in his father’s legendary King James record stores in Philadelphia.

His father was a musician and as a boy Shawn met stars like Michael Jackson, Grover Washington, Jr. and Babyface.

But it was decades before he decided to turn his lifelong love into a career.

The store is named after a 1967 album by a group called Love, with a black lead singer named Arthur Lee.

The name is also a metaphor for Shawn’s creation of a modern record store that continues his father’s legacy.

changed music forever & Gifts | Website | |Facebook |Instagram

28 S Main Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

814-732-9907

Something Different by Eric is an outlet for people with disabilities

Something Different by Eric is more than a business.

It is a place where people with disabilities can learn, work, find independence and grow.

The space opened in 2015 when Bernadette Wheeler and her husband decided to create something for their son Eric to call his own.

Born with Down Syndrome, Eric is now 30 years old and the inspiration behind Something Different By Eric.

Inside you’ll find unique gift ideas with everything from sports memorabilia to items for dog and cat lovers.

They try to find women-led companies and items that will inspire the next generation.

Eric works at the store as a welcome, stock and ambassador for the store.

They hope to expand the business to other people with disabilities who work in the business and plan to support and advocate for families with disabled members.

Something else by Eric | Facebook | Instagram

814 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Philadelphia Ballet opens new season with “Cinderella”

The Philadelphia Ballet dances the fairy tale favorite “Cinderella” to open the new season.

It is the ballet’s first production with its newly expanded troupe of 50 dancers.

This version of “Cinderella” was choreographed by Ben Stevenson.

It animates the enchanting story of Cinderella falling in love with the handsome prince, triumphing over her evil step family and finding the lost slipper leading to a happy ending.

The ballet also has some physical humor.

“You can see the humor in the mannerisms of the stepsisters in particular. They’re the funniest part of ballet,” says Jack Thomas, principal dancer.

It plays Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless score performed live by the Philadelphia Ballet Orchestra.

“The hearts of all viewers begin to beat in the same rhythm. Sharing this experience with so many people at once is a unique moment,” says Angel Corella, Artistic Director.

With seven different line-ups, each performance offers something unique.

“It’s really great to see the dancers’ different points of view and how they perceive the role of Cinderella,” says Corella.

The Philadelphia Ballet breaks ground on a new five-story dance center to serve as a cultural center on North Broad Street.

“We’re building a wellness center and we can do a lot of community education and bring ballet and art to our community,” says Corella.

“Cinderella” runs from October 13th to 23rd at the Academy of Music.

Philadelphia Ballet | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

SHOW EXTRAS

Garces Trading Company is back after a pandemic hiatus.

The store has settled into a new home in the Cira Center, where Garces-run JG Domestic used to be, tapping into the commuter crowd.

You can grab and go coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and even a bottle of wine.

There’s also a retail section with curated items from Iron Chef.

Garce’s Trading Company |Facebook| Instagram

2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104

The 214th season at Walnut Street Theater begins with “Rocky, the Musical”.

Translated from screen to stage, the famous Philadelphia story follows underdog Rocky’s rise from lowball thug to big boxer.

The show begins October 4th at the Walnut Street Theater and runs through November 6th.

Walnut Street Theater | Facebook | Instagram

825 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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