UPDATE: Gennaro’s will relocate to E. Passyunk Ave. from their Jackson St. location, The Insider confirmed through owner Mike Giammarino. “We’re not big enough to take reservations and too small for larger parties,” Giammarino said. The new Gennaro’s won’t open until “mid-2015” and will be BYOB offering courtyard seating. The future of the Jackson St. location is unknown.
Original: Well, this is a little bit of a surprise. Da Vinci Ristorante at 1533 S. 11th St. is “permanently closed” according to the restaurant’s answering machine.
A neighbor tipped us off that a sign had been hung in the window on Monday stating that Da Vinci was closed. The restaurant is typically closed on Mondays, but this time things were different: “I saw them removing tables and chairs then cleaning the front windows and placing signs in the window advertising Gennaro’s.”
A quick call to Da Vinci confirmed that Gennaro’s is taking over the restaurant. Here’s what’s left on the answering machine:
Please be advised Da Vinci’s is now permanently closed for business. This location will reopen under new management first quarter of 2015 as the new location for Gennaro’s Tomato Pie.
While the message says it will be the new location, it’s still unclear if Gennaro’s will be moving from their Jackson St. space or if this will be their second South Philly location. We’ll certainly keep you posted as more information becomes available.
In the meantime, here’s a refresher on how to reheat their glorious pies at home.
Thanks again to a neighbor who gave us the heads up on this development. You can shoot us a tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.