Since the mister-and-missus team of Jim and Kristina Burke - chef and host, respectively - took over the spacious ex-Michael’s Ristorante spot, they’ve made James a crown jewel of the Italian Market - a white-linen, mod Italian room darkly lit and romantic. The food is sharp, from crispy sweetbreads and cabbage leaves stuffed with foie gras and mushrooms to cioppino and pappardelle with duck ragu. The dining room’s daring turns sensuous and fun in the restaurant’s leather sofa-and-love-seat lounge: a Tuesday late-night happy hour that, during these winter months, plays to folks content to cozy in a corner, hanging and drinking. […] “These guys are South Philly slacker hipsters,” said Evan Gusz to his girlfriend Jackie Samschick, referring to the area’s dressy nerds. “They’re the in-cubicle guys who work in the neighborhood, I bet.”
It’s not really our scene of choice, but we can still dig it.
[Image via Inquirer]