The cozy ambiance of Vitale's Italian Bistro sets the scene for the comforting regional dishes made from scratch. Spicy marinara and creamy alfredo sauces simmer in pots while chefs tuck cheese into ravioli pockets and roll out gnocchi dumplings. Chicken and veal dishes arrive in six different varieties, including saut?ed in a sweet marsala wine sauce or breaded, fried, and topped with a layer of melted cheese. Upgrading the classic grilled pork chop, chefs instead stuff the chops with spinach, roasted peppers, and provolone cheese, then cover them in a marsala demi-glaze and roast them in the oven.
The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.
When it comes to making memories, nothing captures your guests' true personalities quite like a My Picture Lounge photo booth. At parties and special events, up to 10 people pile in, and suddenly tongues are sticking out, faces are crunching up, and eye are going googly. Wacky props such as masquerade-style masks and cowboy hats only encourage the mirth-making, and ensure a barrage of candid, one-of-a-kind shots. But despite all the kookiness, the My Picture Lounge booths deliver completely professional images. Backgrounds with sparkles and wallpaper patterns assist in that area, as do the studio-quality lights and onsite attendant.
While the photo booths are a fun way to create memories, the photos themselves make great keepsakes, and add-ons such as scrapbooks and photo strip frames can dress up the images and preserve the memories for years to come. And, My Picture Lounge can even customize a DVD montage of all the event's images, set to music or a recording of your favorite bird calls.
After a year of experimenting with different sizes and approaches, JasonC Photobooth crafted the ideal handmade photo station to snap pictures of 10 or more people at a time. They bring their custom booths to events of all types, manned by an operator who ensures that photos are printing smoothly and that no one mistakes the booth for the secret entrance where they pop out of the cake. Photos print within 30 seconds, and are coated in gloss and cut into 2"x6" strips. Party hosts can upgrade their photo-booth experiences with add-ons such as a box of props and a scrapbook of all the evening's photos.
To help all children start the school year prepared with necessary supplies and resources, the Center for Family Services’ Operation Backpack initiative provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children ages 4–19. By alleviating students’ fears or stresses related to not having the required school supplies, the program helps to ensure that kids and teens can concentrate on their classes, thus laying a foundation for academic success and ideally propelling them toward finishing high school and attending college.
Indian cuisine made with seasonal ingredients and an American flair.
When to Go: Swing by on a Thursday night if you fancy live sitar and tabla music, but go any other night if you prefer humming your own tunes while you chew.
Inside Tip: The restaurant is BYOB, so pick up your favorite bottle of wine or six-pack of beer before dinner.
Chaat: savory Indian snack food made of potatoes, fried bread, and a spice medley that typically includes dried mango powder, cumin seeds, and black salt.
Paneer: a fresh cheese made from boiling cow's milk or water buffalo's milk and curdling it with whey—the dish dates back to at least 6,000 BC.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Test your crafting skills at All Fired Up (602 Haddon Avenue), a studio devoted to paint-your-own pottery.
After: See what's happening at the Scottish Rite Auditorium (315 White Horse Pike), a historic 1930s venue that hosts musical acts and theater performances.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: If you're in Philly for the evening, head to Indeblue's sister location (205 S. 13th Street).