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Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner Review

A couple weeks back I was invited to a restaurant relaunch. Avero Craft Pizzeria was changing to Avero Bar Italiano. It seems the Pizzeria in their name was giving the community an impression of just that, a pizzeria when in fact they are so much more than that.Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

The night started with a variety of wines, beers and a specialty cocktail, Pineapple Blueberry Limoncello Martini.  This alone was delicious and I would’ve loved to have more than one but I was the driver.Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

Appetizers were available too. I’m not a prosciutto fan, I find it too salty but when it’s wrapped around Buffalo Mozzarella with a drizzle of Basil Oil I can eat it all day. In fact I had about 4.Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

The meal continued with 4 other courses each explained by Executive Chef, Chris DeFeo. Chef DeFeo is  a Philly Native with years of experience at Striped Bass, Nectar, Bar Savona and other well known establishments in the area.  His understanding of local, in season and high quality ingredients only made the menu at Avero Bar Italiano stand out instead of blend in with the influx of surrounding casual restaurants.

I am not brave when it comes to trying new food, I’m a creature of habit and have been known to repeatedly order the same item while out because I know it is something I already know I’ll enjoy. I was given a preview of our tasting menu and was completely dreading the first course, Charred Baby Octopus. The thought of chewy tentacles with suction cups turned me off. Even at the restuarant I was stressing out with another blogger about the upcoming meal. I didn’t want to insult the restaurant, chef or host. The meal came out and it was beautiful and it smelled wonderful. My best friend dug right in and commented on how her 8 year old son would love it.  Was she shaming me?  Daring me?

I took a bite and was surprised. I enjoyed it. Did I enjoy it enough to order again? I’m not sure but it was good and I’d recommend to anyone that enjoys seafood and fish. I was proud of myself. Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

I think the main reason I went that night was the Berkshire Pork Belly with Wild Mushroom Fricasse.  It was heaven, best thing I’ve eaten in a long time.  Tender but not soft, meaty but not heavy. I ate mine and the rest of my friends.Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

Avero Bar Italiano has gone to great lengths to achieve a specific atmosphere. While this is fine dining the experience isn’t snobbish. The interior feels comfy and warm and the staff are welcoming and informative. Having a sommelier and beer expert on hand is incredibly valuable for people like me who know what I like but don’t know what to order.

Avero Bar Italiano is not what I would call family friendly. With such a strong attention put on the food & wine pairings it isn’t a place I’d bring children under 12 years old unless they had phenomenal palates and were willing to try new foods no questions asked. Their pasta and pizza are fantastic but prepared and priced for a more adult experience.  This is a date night or girls or guys night out spot for sure. Relax, order a cocktail or craft beer and soak in the ambiance without the hassle of bibs, cheerios or kid’s menus (which are available).

Avero Bar Italiano Relaunch Dinner

Avero Bar Italiano
821 W Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087

come photos are courtesy via Stephanie Glover Photography




Join @ConKerrCancer PJ Party, Philadelphia Please Touch Museum

While a world free of cancer would be a dream come true right now we have to focus on research, compassion and treatment. Bringing smiles to the faces of those working through diagnosis, healing and living is one of the best ways to show support and kindness.ConKerr Cancer Pajama Party 2014 Philadelphia #ConKerrPJParty

ConKerr Cancer was created to bring smiles to some of the 44,000 children in the US that are going through cancer treatments each year. Their mission is to bring a smiles to children with life changing illnesses and to make them feel special.

ConKerr Cancer provides children with their own special pillowcase to help brighten hospital stays. For a child a hospital can be a scary place. It may be unfamiliar, cold and intimidating but something as simple as bright and cheery pillowcase can soothe and comfort.

On March 21, 2014 my family has been invited to join other families in the Philadelphia area at the ConKerr Cancer Pajama Party at The Please Touch Museum. The night is put together to celebrate special kids, the PJ Party Stars, and their families with a fun night dancing, silly picture taking, meeting celebrities and even sewing pillowcases. All of the fun will be had in our jammies.ConKerr Cancer Pajama Party 2014 Philadelphia #ConKerrPJParty

If you are interested in attending the Pajama Party or sponsoring a child in treatment to attend tickets are available for just $25.

Donations are always accepted also. Any contribution is welcome and will bring a smile to a sick child.

They spend day after frightening day stuck in a hospital room when they should be outside playing with friends. And each and every day, ConKerr Cancer volunteers work selflessly to bring them comfort and smiles through a simple act of love called a pillowcase.

If you are local to the Philadelphia area and want to join us for this event we’re giving away 2 tickets. Let me know if your family has been affected by pediatric cancer in any way?
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How to Train Your Dragon Ticket #Giveaway #Philly

Have you seen the commercials for How to Train your Dragon Live Show? My kids are super excited to be attending a show next month and we want to share with your what it’s all about.


Based on the Oscar nominated film, How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular is a Dreamworks Animation production. The story follows the life of a viking boy who meets a dragon face to face. Their journey is put to the test as they come against obstacles from all directions.

The show is making its way throughout North America right now and ticket prices start at $29.50.  .  For those of you in the Philadelphia area save 25% on your ticket purchase using promotion code MOM or enter to win for you and your own family. We have 2 sets of (5) tickets to giveaway. To enter just tell me which Dragon your are most looking forward to seeing.

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Philly Soul is Back in Town #Giveaway

There’s more to Philly sports than the Eagles and the Fightin’ Phils. Last week we experienced a whole new side of the sports world at the Philly Soul. Philly Soul is Arena Football. Arena Football is fast-paced, high scoring, modified version of American or Canadian football. The field is smaller and the rules are unique to the field but the intensity is higher and the fans are just as hyped.

On Sunday, April 13, 2003, the face of Philadelphia sports changed by an event taking place across the country – Jon Bon Jovi and Craig A. Spencer’s first taste of Arena Football. Bon Jovi and Spencer attended a Los Angeles Avengers game at the Staples Center, taking their first steps on a path that would bring another professional football franchise to the City of Brotherly Love.


Our first experience with the Philly Soul was an enjoyable one. Shaun was chanting and yelling and freaking out like a real live sports fan, just shorter. The atmosphere was different than that talked about of Eagles games. The arena was filled with kids and families and people who wanted to be there to support their home town.

Last year the AFL (Arena Football League) took off to restructure the organization’s finances.
Your ArenaBowl XXII Champions Philadelphia Soul are back for the 2011 season! You bring the heart, they got the SOUL!
Win a 4-pack of tickets for the Philly Soul at the Wells Fargo Center, 3 games available.
Friday May 27, 2011 vs New Orleans Voodoo 7:05pm
Friday June 17, 2011 vs Tulsa Talons 7:05pm
Friday July 8, 2011 vs Cleveland Gladiators 8:00pm

We will be choosing 3 winners, 1 a week before each game. May giveaway ends 5/20, June giveaway ends 6/10 and July giveaway ends 7/1. This will give us time to mail the winner their tickets.

To enter just let me know if you’ve ever been to an AFL game.
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