Photo courtesy of Al Pastor and Bella Vista
Al Pastor and Bella Vista, the two restaurant concepts heralded by former Stephen Starr alums Justin Weathers and Joe Monnich, opened on Dec. 15, after much anticipation. The pair also own Lansdale’s outstanding Stove & Tap.
Both Al Pastor and Bella Vista are located in the new retail area of the Eagleview Town Center. “Each restaurant will have its own distinct identity, but common among both locations will be amazing food and exceptional service. We’re excited to show everyone what we’ve created,” says Weathers.
Chef Monnich, formerly of the Dandelion and Parc in Philadelphia, will oversee the culinary development and presentation at both restaurants. “Both restaurants will express authentic flavors with a fresh, modern approach,” says Monnich.
The two restaurants are connected by a shared kitchen and entryway. Both eateries seat about 40 patrons, with outdoor seating in the warmer weather increasing capacity.
Al Pastor’s menu features a wide range of Mexican influences with features such as big eye tuna ceviche, Barbacoa lamb tacos and squash blossom quesadillas. The signature tacos feature a house-roasted pork belly with pineapple, onions and lime.
Bella Vista will showcase a more trattoria-style menu with seasonal charcuterie and cheese boards, veal and mushroom ragu over strozzapreti pasta, signature house pizzas and a 32-ounce porterhouse to share among the table. “We will change the menu almost daily to feature only the freshest ingredients,” says Monnich.