Birra Restaurant In Passyunk Square
The long-awaited latest addition to East Passyunk Avenue, is officially open.
Located at the crossroads of Passyunk Avenue, 12th Street and Morris Street, Birra is a casual 85-seat brick oven pizza and craft beer joint serving an eclectic menu courtesy of consulting chef Shola Olunloyo.
Owner Gordon Dinerman, previously at City Tap House, Buddakan and Barclay Prime, has established an innovative approach to topping Birra’s thin-crust pizzas. Everything on the menu is available as a pizza topping.
That means you can take the meatballs from the meatball gratin appetizer, and pair them with, say, wild mushrooms. Or else match up locally cured salumis with roasted peppers. It all is served atop sweet, home-made sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bonus: Dinerman is sourcing locally grown and seasonal ingredients for his farm-to-table menu.
Specializing in Gourmet Pizzas
And as an attempt to update the pizza-and-beer paradigm, Birra is, in concept, a charmer. With its corner windows slung open to sidewalk seating, cheery hues of pastel green on the walls, mahogany wood-slat banquettes, and red zebrawood tabletops ringing the central bar, Birra embodies the youthful but stylish spirit that’s surging along the now fully revived “Avenue.” Add in small plates and charcuterie platters for starters and a big list of craft beers, and Birra is spring-loaded to welcome the thirsty masses of tattooed hipsters that have now made “E’Punk” both their home and a destination. It isn’t uncommon to find families there, before the late-night crowd flows in. And those crowds have been so steady — many of them spilling off the margarita-splashed sidewalk beside Cantina Los Caballitos — that I suspect the underwhelming quality of the pizzas will not be a deterrent to Birra’s success.
1700 E. Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19148
By Michael Angelina
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