Italian Restaurant opens in South Philly – After beginning as a pop-up
Three chefs are bringing their popular panzerotti concept to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in South Philadelphia, and they’re already planning to give back to the hospitality community.
Paffuto, located in the Bella Vista building that once housed acclaimed French restaurants Bibou and Pif, will be offering breakfast and lunch menus featuring panzerotti, pastries, and sandwiches. The partners, Daniel Griffiths, Sam Kalkut, and Jake Loeffler, are eager to share their space with up-and-coming chefs, inspired by their own experience launching their concept at a pop-up event.
Breakfast offerings include an egg and cheese panzerotti, a classic breakfast sandwich with Sarcone’s kaiser or hoagie roll, meatballs, focaccia, charred vegetables, and bean and pasta salads. Lunch features the Paffuto Italian hoagie with mortadella, soppressata, coppa, and caciocavallo, a chicken cutlet sandwich with bacon, Caesar aioli, and gem lettuce, and a vegan panzerotti with brown butter maitake mushroom, smoked burrata, and charred escarole.
Beyond the initial breakfast and lunch service, Paffuto plans to expand their hours to include Thursday and Friday dinner service starting in January. They will also be partnering with Mural City to offer a wider selection of wines. In short, if you like authentic Italian cuisine then this is definitely worth checking out.
Paffuto opened on December 6th at 1009 South 8th Street in South Philadelphia.