By Hadas Kuznits

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Scarpetta opens in the Rittenhouse Hotel next week.

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Jon Oh, co-executive chef of Scarpetta, says it was important for them to do their research before taking over the space that used to be Smith and Wolensky.

“For us, it was so important to come in and be humble and get to know people and understand what the city is about before we started to change dishes, make new things, because we wanted to do right by the city and not assume that we would change things and they would like it.”

The Philly opening marks the 5th Scarpetta in the United States.

“We have a couple of dishes that will be unique to Scarpetta Philadelphia; first being the lobster appetizer and second our octopus tagliolini.”

Scarpetta officially opens September 28. Oh recommends checking it out with a bunch of friends.

“I personally believe that you should dine family style. That way you can get some appetizers you can get a taste of a few pastas and a few entrées.”

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So what would be the showstopper item?”

“For me, there’s no other showstopper than the spaghetti. It really is shocking when you have it for the first time and you taste it. People say, how can spaghetti and tomato sauce be that good? It really is that phenomenal.”

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