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First Pics: Torero tapas and paella bar opens in Italian Market

Torero Bar, the tapas place that we told you this week would be opening soon at 940 S 9th St. in the Italian Market, has already opened with an expansive menu that includes much more than just tapas – and one helluva happy hour.

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Torero replaces El Costeno

Chef Miguel Martí Rossello, who was most recently chef at Mixto in Center City, drew from his heritage growing up on the Catalan-speaking island of Mallorca off Spain’s Mediterranean coast. There’s a section on the menu of traditional tapas like patatas bravas and garlic shrimp and sliced meats including jamon iberico. But there is also a large selection of meat and fish entrees (and some really unfortunate misspellings) on the menu: langostinos, skirt steak, octopus, cod, lamb. Brunch will also be served, starting at 10 a.m. on weekends.

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Kitchen is open till 10 p.m. nightly, but a rotating roster of pinxtos (Basque word for tapas) and the full bar will be served till 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Full menu is below.

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Rossello said the specialty, however, is the paella, inspired by the family recipe passed down from his grandmother, who was raised in Alicante (a couple hours south of paella-central Valencia).

For our money, the best bang for your buck is the kick-ass happy hour – $4 for a pinxto (Basque word for tapa) and a small beer or wine (three-ounce pour). It goes 5 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday. The choices yesterday were quite tasty.

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Morrocan-spiced chorizo

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Skirt steak, quail egg, red pepper, potato

 

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Crab salad with shrimp

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Crepe stuffed with roast vegetables and Cabrales cheese

 

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Say hi chef Miguel!

 

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