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Eagles Linebacker Connor Barwin Loves Santucci's Pizza

Philly somms named Best of 2016 by Wine & Spirits, plus more news and gossip from around Philadelphia


— We learned this week that one of Philly's favorite Eagles, Connor Barwin, orders Santucci's Pizza after every home game. In an interview with GQ, Barwin said, "You obviously try to get protein and amino acids back. My normal routine is coming home and getting pizza—but that's more for relaxing. Mushroom pizza always from Santucci's in Philadelphia." [GQ]

— Cheers to's Mariel Wega who was just named one of Wine & Spirits magazine's Best New Sommeliers of 2016. Wine pros from across the country nominate and vote for the best new talent in U.S. restaurants. This year, they chose eight sommeliers "who all share a depth of wine knowledge, a warm presence with guests and the respect of their colleagues." Mariel has been Wine Director at since February 2014. [Wine & Spirits]

— Lacroix Restaurant and The Rittenhouse Hotel's Justin Timsit also made the prestigious Best Somms list, but announced this week that he's leaving Philly for the Big Apple. He's accepted the position of Wine Director at Gramercy Tavern in New York City. He'll start there in mid-October. Justin was Wine Director at The Rittenhouse since February 2014. [Wine Spectator]

Santucci's Square Pizza

901 S 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-825-5304

Gramercy Tavern

42 East 20th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 477-0777 Visit Website

135 South 18th Street, , PA 19103 (215) 825-7030 Visit Website

Lacroix Restaurant

210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 790-2533 Visit Website