These days, East Passyunk Avenue is one of the most exciting culinary epicenters of Philly.
That distinction, of course, has been built on years of groundwork laid by pioneering restaurants — chief among them Paradiso.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the restaurant and wine bar is hosting an all-star neighborhood dinner extravaganza on Monday, December 1.
With each of 10 local chefs contributing a course, it’s a one-stop shop for sampling all of the Avenue’s greatest edibles — which are extensive.
The meal starts off with passed hors d’oeuvres from Paradiso chef Lynn Marie Rinaldi (carne crudo; hamachi tuille; and sea urchin on testina crostini) then winter market vegetables from Will’s Chris Kearse.
From there, diners can expect a wildly diverse array of flavors, from Nicholas Elmi’s (Laurel) kombu-cured fluke with Easter egg radish, citrus and dill to Luke Palladino’s mushroom and tallegio crespelle to Lee Styer’s foie gras soup with Asian pear, butterscotch and pecan.
Sister restaurant Izumi’s chef Corey Baver will provide the ninth course — mortadella-stuffed quail with porcini mushroom and parsnip puree.
The entire feast culminates with Belle Cakery’s Jesse Prawlucki Styer’s dessert: amaretto ricotta cheesecake with almond crumble and cranberry compote.
The meal runs $125 per person before tax and gratuity, but that seems like a pretty fair price to pay for such a grand taste of the neighborhood.
Paradiso All-Star Neighborhood Anniversary Dinner
When: Monday, December 1, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Paradiso, 1627 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost: $125, excluding tax and gratuity
More info: www.paradisophilly.com