Hot Chef: Carlos Aparicio falls into it

The Midtown Village Fall Festival is this weekend.

On Saturday, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is taking over Center City, inviting you to pinball between boutiques, restaurants, live music and the all-important dunk tank. Located at the corner of 13th and Sansom streets, wine bar and pizzeria Zavino will be in the heart of it -- which is just fine by chef Carlos Aparicio.

What are the ingredients of a good street festival?

One: Nice weather. Two: A good balance of food, music and retail. Three: The people that come to the event.

What can you tell us about Zavino's Fall Festival specials?

We'll be setting up a beer garden alongside Sansom Street. We'll serve butternut squash ravioli with sage butter sauce, braised lamb, parsnip puree, roasted sweet potatoes, lamb jus. We're working on a pizza special, too.

What other Philly food events do you look forward to?

Philly has great charity events. I love working the PAWS charity event. My GM [Jason Brooke] and I were able to attend Marc Vetri's Great Chef Event for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation -- that was amazing.

Where do you go after work for a drink or a late-night snack?

I'm all over the place. I love to eat! Vernick Food & Drink, Cambridge, Blue Belly BBQ, Alla Spina, Vedge, Zahav. I'm a huge fan of Sampan -- craving the chicken bao bun. And I love TIME for a late-night snack.

Fall fun

The Midtown Fest is great — but if you need to get out of the city, Aparicio has a recommendation: “Linvilla Orchards, I love that place! That’s where my wife and I pick out our pumpkins.”

If you go

The Midtown Village Fall Festival is Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. For more info, visit

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