Jonathan Tortorice and Pat DeTommaso, who grew up near 16th and Jackson Streets in South Philadelphia, are in the soft-opening phase of Caffe Vienna, their sandwich shop on the corner of 20th and Locust Streets, a block off Rittenhouse Square. It's the former Yogorino.
"This is what we grew up eating," said DeTommaso, a contractor. Tortorice was a longtime official with Local 8 of IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees).
Menu includes Italian sandwiches ($7.75 to $8.75), baked goods, yogurt parfaits, and coffee. They're using bread from Sarcone's and Metropolitan Bakery. In a nod to vegetarian customers, they're selling avocado toasts and Nutella toasts.
Through the Sept. 6 grand opening, the partners will be handing out samples.
Initial hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.