By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gran Caffé L’Aquila, the new Italian café at 1716 Chestnut Street, specializes in coffee.

“The coffee is roasted on premise by Michele Morelli,” says founding partner Riccardo Longo. “He actually represented Italian coffee culture at the G8 summit a few years ago. He has won all the highest accolades from Gambero Rosso, which grades the quality of coffee.”

…and gelato.

“Stefano Biasini is the reigning Italian gelato champion,” Longo says. “And one of the innovative things he’s done is he’s been able to make a gelato that actually maintains the alcohol content in it; so we actually have gelato here that we need to card people on.”

Hear the full “Gran Caffé L’Aquila” interview (runs 9:30)…

Meanwhile, Kensington Quarters started butchery classes this month.

“We’ll be working with chicken, says head butcher Bryan Mayer, “and how to debone a whole chicken, and how to cut it for soups or stocks or something like that, and then what to do with it.”

Kensington Quarters head butcher Bryan Mayer. (credit: Kensington Quarters)

Kensington Quarters head butcher Bryan Mayer. (credit: Kensington Quarters)

Hear the full “Kensington Quarters” interview (runs 12:30)…

And the 2nd annual Philly Chef Conference takes place at Drexel University on Sunday and Monday, January 11 and 12. Organizer Michael Traud says attendees will have a variety of panels and demonstrations from which to choose.

“All the top chefs in Philadelphia will be there,” Traud says, “Marc Vetri, Kevin Sbraga, Michael Solomonov.”

Philly Chef Conference organizer Michael Traud (credit: Michael Traud)

Philly Chef Conference organizer Michael Traud (credit: Michael Traud)

Hear the full “Philly Chef Conference” interview (runs 8:09)…

And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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