By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sophia’s, at 1623 East Passyunk Avenue, opens to the public on Friday, December 28th.
“Our first-level dining is more of a lounge-bar, so it’s going to be more sharable, fun, whimsical bar dishes,” says chef-owner Christopher Lee (top photo). “The upstairs is going to be a classic dining room, which is going to be our apps, entrées, and desserts.”
Hear the full “Sophia’s” interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 4:53)…
Up the block, at 1908 East Passyunk Avenue, Joan Verrotti has opened her Pollyodd (brand of lemoncellos — her spelling) store. She’s a home brewer specializing in this certain type of fine liquor.
“I threw myself into lemoncello,” she tells KYW Newsradio. “It was an old family Italian recipe, which I tweaked because the European people like that little sour taste and us people here in America, we love our sweet!”
Hear the full “Pollyodd” interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 4:06)…
Of course we can’t approach New Year’s Eve without talking about champagne, and Jill Weber of Jet Wine Bar (1525 South Street) helps you choose a bottle.
“So what we have in champagne or sparkling wine is the mousse,” she explains, “and that’s what you get on the top of the wine. And that differs. Some of them have very, very, very fine bubbles that kind of like pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-rocks in your mouth. And some of them are big and they just go burst — they’re like fireworks. And (your choice) depends on what you want.”
Hear the full Jill Weber champagne interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 7:37)…
And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”