The Food Life

Morning, Noon, and Night at All-Day Café Rep Ipsa

By Katherine Rapin / Photography By Katherine Rapin | March 15, 2017
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Rep Ipsa storefront window

Wander down Walnut toward the Schuylkill and you’ll be drawn in by the glow of Res Ipsa. By night it’s candlelit, with a sonic background of soft beats and sizzling from the open kitchen; by day, it’s a bright space to meet a friend for lunch or coffee. The owners of ReAnimator Coffee and chef Tyler Akin of Stock opened the all-day café in the west end of Rittenhouse late last year.

Executive chef Michael Ferrari brings his simple Sicilian style (sharpened at Aldine, Zeppoli and Zahav) to Res Ipsa’s dinner menu. “I’m just trying to make what I would make at home,” Ferrari says. Menu items include hand-twisted pasta with mushrooms and pecorino sardo cheese, fried baby fish with chili oil and salsa verde, and sweet olive-oil cake with pistachio cream. (So, probably not dishes we’re likely to throw together at home).

It’s BYOB, and not just for dinner. Ferrari recommends bringing champagne to enjoy with brunch on the weekend. Savor a cup of ReAnimator coffee and choose from rotating savory and sweet hand pies—a pastry pocket with fillings like chickpea curry or strawberry rhubarb. You can also opt for an egg-and-cheese frittata on a housemade English muffin and add fennel sausage, pancetta or sautéed mushroom.

Res Ipsa’s got you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner—we don’t blame you if you’re tempted to stay all day long.

Res Ipsa
2218 Walnut St.

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