Two Collingswood, New Jersey, residents are opening an American BYOB in their town. Hearthside will be up and running at 801 Haddon Avenue on Monday, September 18, serving wood-fired fare in a wood-and-brick space with seats for 42.
Dominic Piperno, who owns Hearthside with his wife, Lindsay, is a local restaurant vet. He was a sous chef at Vernick, the Center City spot from James Beard Award winner Greg Vernick. Piperno also worked for Joey Baldino of Zeppoli in Collingswood (Baldino also has Palizzi Social Club in South Philly).
Working with him in Hearthside’s kitchen is Aaron Gottesman, who met Piperno when they were both at Vernick. Gottesman’s résumé includes Kevin Sbraga’s The Fat Ham.
The menu they’ve created for Hearthside has “a little bit of everything,” according to the restaurant, “from French and Mediterranean to down-home Southern cooking.” In keeping with current trends, it will have a mix of small plates, like crudo and mussels; bigger offerings, including a smoked celery root agnolotti with brown butter and hazelnuts; and full-sized entrees that make use of a wood-fire grill and oven. Expect a grilled pork chop with potatoes, swiss chard, and plum mostarda, and a half chicken with romesco and charred broccolini. There’s also a menu section of plates made for a table of two to four diners to share.
Lindsay Piperno collaborated with Old City-based Ambit Architecture on the décor. She’ll also be running the front of the house alongside the restaurant’s GM Delise Barron, another former Vernick employee.
Starting Monday, Hearthside’s hours will be 5-10 p.m. every day except Sunday.