Italian excellence arrives on East Passyunk in the form of Luke Palladino's first Philadelphia restaurant.
As part of his training in Italian cuisine, Luke Palladino spent four years living and cooking across Italy, including time in Piedmont, Tuscany, and Rome.
Luke Palladino’s menu of success at the Shore is long: Early on, he simultaneously operated three restaurants at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa before moving inland in New Jersey with more intimate dining ventures in Linwood and Northfield (plus full-service catering).
This fall, Palladino finally breaks into the Philly food scene with Palladino’s in South Philadelphia. His new upscale Italian concept specializes in steaks and features an ambitious wine and bar program. “It’s a fantastic neighborhood,” says Palladino. “The gateway position on East Passyunk Avenue is the perfect location. The neighbors are amazing. There is a collection of great restaurants and retail on the avenue; it’s a cool place to live or visit.”
Recently named Executive Chef Anthony Ricciardi will join Palladino in whipping up fish, steaks, ribs, and chops on a special wood-fired grill for the restaurant’s 120-some seats. “[This] is a long-awaited venture for me,” says Palladino. “I’ve been looking for a restaurant space in Philly for many years, and I am very happy that it is finally coming together.” 1934 E. Passyunk Ave.