Last Friday during my restaurant Tidbits & Rumors I mentioned the new pizza-wine bar, Zavino’s under construction in the former check-cashing agency on the northwest corner of 13th and Sansom. (I think the Check Cashing sign is still there that I mentioned.)
I mentioned that I had seen the drawings and how impressive the design was (This is how it the outside looked last Thursday).
From the press release: In October, Chef-partner Steve Gonzalez will debut Zavino (112 South 13th Street, 215-732-2400), an Italian pizza kitchen and wine bar. Featuring a seasonal menu, classic cocktails, an approachable selection of wine and beer and the area’s best late-night menu, Zavino is sure to become a neighborhood favorite in the city’s trendy Midtown Village.This morning Michael Klein wrote a few more tidbits on the place including what they’re serving as well as a price range in his Insider column. As you can see the glass awnings are depicted. What I like most about this idea is it will allow ample light in as there is a rather large building across the street. It makes the place very light and airy.I was so excited when I got permission to release one of the sketchings, because this design is something to get excited about. I really love the woodsy, strong feel of the place with a very long bar. In another former life I used to be a volunteer architectural tour guide so I have an interest in buildings, design and layouts. I also love the exposed brick, I can never get enough of exposed brick and raised ceilings. I was perplexed at how they were going to create an inviting, comfortable place. I think they achieved it (Looking from 13th Street entrance): Update On Zavinos Click Here

Zavino will be open from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily. No reservations. Take out available. For more information, please call (215) 732-2400 or visit
Above the restaurant will be a few apartments where several tenants with shops on this stretch of 13th Street will reside. I’m so excited to see the 13th Street vision come to realization with all this new life.