When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at The Kitchen Consigliere Café, located in Collingswood.
At his corner cafe, owner and executive chef Angelo Lutz trades in his former mob ties for a wealth of paninis, pasta, soups, and other hallmarks of homestyle Italian fare. The self-proclaimed "cook, not a crook" has packed the BYOB eatery's menu with dishes such as the frittata mix, an omelette with a wide selection of fillings ($8), as well as seven crispy paninis including the Nicky Sticks, a fried meatball sandwich with roasted peppers and italian greens topped with pecorino romano cheese ($11). Salads and pastas also abound, including the caprese salad—fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar ($8)—and gnocci with alfredo, marinara, or pesto, ($13). Lutz also concocts chicken ($15) and veal entrees ($17) served in franchaise, marsala, parmesan, picatta, and colonial revival styles.
Stick around for a house-made dessert ($5) and a cappuccino ($3) while listening to Lutz share his gift for the gab, regaling patrons with stories from his past. Check out his Internet cooking show, "Cooking with The Kitchen Consigliere," for a preview of his effusive personality and ability to fry food with his eyes.
The Kitchen Consigliere Café
Growing up in South Philadelphia, Angelo Lutz spent hours looking on as his Italian grandmother handcrafted meals for their family. Now, as the head chef at The Kitchen Consigliere Café, Lutz tries to stay true to both Philadelphia and Italy by sourcing ingredients from local merchants and markets to craft time-tested Italian dishes. He molds gnocchi and meatballs in the kitchen and presses panini sandwiches, all the while remembering family recipes and the dangers of getting a chef hat tangled in a ceiling fan.
8 Powell Ln.
Collingswood, New Jersey 08108