Dolce Italian, which offers elevated, yet approachable Italian cuisine, has opened at 1439 Chestnut St. on the ground floor of the new W Hotel Philadelphia. Led by executive chef Terry White, Dolce Italian is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving authentic and seasonally inspired Italian dishes. Breakfast highlights include the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Savory Croissant and Egg White Frittata paired with a bold Cappuccino or Latte. For lunch, the Risotto Al Frutti di Mare and Eggplant Parmigiana are among the favorites. And, in the evening, signature plates like Veal Milanese, Whole Branzino and Veal Ossobucco Tortelli headline the menu. Visit Dolceitalianrestaurant.com for details.
Buy stuff, help nonprofits
The Bourse Food Hall is teaming up with Art Star, a local boutique selling handmade and artists goods with a brick and mortar at The Bourse, to host The Art Star CRAP Bazaar, a seconds sale benefitting two nonprofits on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19 from 11am – 5pm. The annual fundraising event will be held in the retail space located to the left of The Bourse Food Hall’s Fifth Street entrance and will feature 20 crafters and their “seconds” – items that didn’t quite make the cut, samples, one-offs, etc. – at discounted prices. All sales are final, and 25 percent of profits will be donated to ACLU of Pennsylvania and The Village of The Arts and Humanities. Learn more at theboursephilly.com.
Time to talk Christmas
Running for its 14th season, Christmas Village in Philadelphia will transform LOVE Park and City Hall into an authentic German Christmas market. The event will run from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve with a Preview Weekend Nov. 20 and 21. Over 80 vendors offer their unique giftware and delicious European food specialties. Always a must-see: the famous German vendor Käthe Wohlfahrt, which features genuine German ornaments and Christmas gifts. Get all of the details at philachristmas.com.