New Georgian restaurant ‘Saami Somi’ opens in Reading Terminal Market

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Cuisine from Georgia, the formerly Soviet-ruled Black Sea nation, is now the focus of Reading Terminal Market’s newest retailer.

They cut the ribbon for Saami Somi on Tuesday.

Siblings Michael and Donna Kolodesh are proud to share their culture.

“The cuisine has influences from the Middle East, parts of East Asia and parts of South Asia, as well as Eastern Europe and Soviet countries in general. But she also has a rich history of her own dishes,” says Michael Kolodesh.

Saami Somi serves up these Georgian classics – from oversized soup dumplings to aubergine buns and her signature khachapuri.

“It’s called the cheese boat,” explains Kolodesh. “It’s sourdough bread in the shape of a boat and filled in the middle with our mix of Bulgarian feta cheese, low-moisture mozzarella and a Georgian cheese, and topped with egg yolk. It emulsifies and gives it a unique taste.”

The Kolodesh family immigrated from Georgia in 1993 and settled in Philadelphia’s Bustleton neighborhood, which has a large ex-Soviet community.

Saami Somi also sells a variety of groceries, freshly baked bread and Georgian drinks.


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