Philadelphia

MARABELLA MEATBALLS OPENING 12/9 – It’s Pretty Inside Pixs

As Michael Klein reported 8/20/10 “If the Marabella name rings a bell, it’s probably because you remember the local Italian chain with locations scattered from the Jersey Shore to Blue Bell in the 1980s and 1990s. There was one in the Academy House (Sakeya is there now) and another in the Windsor Suites at 17th and the Parkway.” Marabella Meatball Co. 1211 Walnut St. Opens this Thursday. No more vendor meatball sandwiches for me.

Leaving the Jersey Boys show the other night, I noticed the new restaurant on Walnut Street, and decided to walk by on Tuesday to see it’s progress. The signs were in the windows that the opening was imminent. I thought I would shoot a couple shots thru the window, and
a man (I believe Gabe Marabell’s dad, Gabe?) behind the counter invited me in and began telling me about the place. Of course I remember Marabella’s at the Academy House. And I summered in Stone Harbor all through my childhood, so I am familiar with the Marabella name and delicious Italian food.
As luck would have it the architect was there too. Sergio Coscia, AIA, told me he was going for an open, comfortable, rustic look. The floor is porcelain tile to look like it was wood. The tables are reclaimed wood tables, a man in Philadelphia refinished them. The beams are also reclaimed wood and white washed. The brick wall was installed, but it looks as if it was part of the foundation of a 1800 century home instead of a 1970’s parking lot space, which once housed DeCarlo’s Salon. The place is gorgeous.
Nonni Sandwiches – Nonni = Nickname for Italian Grandmother

According to Meal ticket “The quick-serve concept will be opening at 1211 Walnut Street by mid-November, offering sandwiches with beef, chicken, pork and even vegetarian meatball sandwiches, plus a build-you-own option (we like the sound of the pork ball/olive tapenade “smashed,” ‘wich, on a round bun with Piave cheese). There’ll also be a “dinner for four” deal that’ll include a pound of pasta, eight balls, sauce and bread.”
Follow them on twitter: @themeatballco in case of an opening day special & any old day special

Nonni’s home town in Italy will hang in the dining room. Check out Arthur Etchell’s Foobooz’s Meaty article on Meatballs.