Suburbanites Unite! (actually some city folk there) for Isabella’s Soft Opening on Wednesday.

(This is the first of my advertorial entries which will appear twice a week when available, as well as when I don’t have enough time or content as my PhillyMag column requires a lot of my events.) First up an event PR Jaime Joffe put on, photos by Sari Lifshutz.

Suburbanites Unite! (actually some city folk there) for Isabella’s Soft Opening on Wednesday.

Space is owned and was completely rehabed by developer + entrepreneur Tom Richter (Coyote Crossing, Ice Cafe) and will be managed by restaurant Veteran + generally insane foodie Peter Dissin.

Elizabeth Wellington and guest

Notable Guests – Elizabeth Wellington, Nancy + David Gansky, Invincible productions’ Andee Heffler, The one and only Philadelphia Socialite Gerry Sills (who just turned 90 and was seen grooving to the Rolling Stone’s “Gimme Shelter” mixed by DJ Marc Fisher), Her daughter, Today show Contributor Judith Sills, Warren + Penny Weiner (G Lounge), Michael Katz (owner of Wonderland) + his wife Pam , reigning retail queen of the ‘burbs who has a new store opening in the next few weeks, Jennaphr Frederick (FOX) + Carie Brescia (NBC), Michele Malin Seidman, Barry Eichner (3000 BC) and his adorable new boyfriend).

The place was PACKED. There was only a small list, but everyone showed + munched on neapolitan speciality pizzas, Fruta Del Mar, Plato de Quesos, Charcuterie, and Kobe Burgers. It was so insane that guests Steven + Jamie Greenspan (Toland Family) jumped behind the bar as fill ins 🙂
The Vibe: funky – rustic hardwood floors, burnished copper accents – indoor seating for 40, outdoor flagstone porch seats 16 + features an unbelievable built in brick pizza oven. Walls are adorned by mixed media pieces created by celebrated (and award winning) Philadelphia Artist Karen Schectman Cole. Upstairs offers a loft style private dining room with floor to wall windows, stained glass, and high ceilings.

The menu will emphasize organic, fresh + locally sourced ingredients, Chef Michael Cappon was previously Director of Culinary Operations at Marathon + at El Vez.