Dizengoff, the brand new hummusiya from Zahav owners Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov, has opened in Philadelphia, Grub Street reports. Zahav, which Leah Koenig recently called “the unrivaled current champion of Philadelphia’s Jewish food scene,” is a well-established modern Israeli restaurant in Philly, so it makes sense the duo, known as CookNSolo, would want to branch out with something a little more casual.
Solomonov and Cook aren’t messing around—they’re also opening Abe Fisher, a restaurant devoted to Jewish diaspora cuisine, a few doors down from Dizengoff in Center City. In what is good news for Philadelphians but bad news for the rest of us, Koenig reports that the pair doesn’t plan on leaving the City of Brotherly Love anytime soon.
Solomonov has a prestigious James Beard Award under his belt. Cook, meanwhile, is a fellow chef (and rabbi’s son, not coincidentally) and successful restaurateur who has been at the helm of Philadelphia’s larger food renaissance for the last decade. They could easily take their act on the road but they prefer to keep things local. “We get asked all the time to open new Zahav locations in other cities, but we have so far resisted,” Cook explained. “We enjoy being in Philly. What we have here is special.”
Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.