Dominic’s Brings Italian Cuisine to Phoenixville

The family-owned and operated restaurant opened on Bridge Street earlier this month.

Dominic’s Ristorante Italiano, the family owned and operated Italian restaurant that opened at 150-152 Bridge Street this month, is the product of good luck and better timing, father-daughter team Dominic Tammaro and Liz Tihansky admit.

"We'd always talked about opening a restaurant, but this just fell in our lap," Tihansky explained.

According to Tihansky, Vecchia owner and friend of the family Frank Nattle called one day and said, “We have a restaurant for you."

An agreement for the former home of Daddy Mims came together fast.

(So fast, in fact, that some confusion about the restaurant's owners emerged. Former Daddy Mims owner John Mims, despite reports to the contrary in Phoenixville Patch and the Philadelphia Inquirer, has no role with Dominic's. "I want to clarify this myself: I have nothing to do with this guy," Tammaro said.)

"Within a weekend we had a restaurant," Tihansky said.

"It was the right time. Everything hit just the way I wanted it to hit. It was like a perfect storm," her father added.

After a whirlwind five week remodel of the space—with new stonework, lighting, and freshly painted walls, Daddy Mims patrons will scarcely recognize the place—Dominic's opened on April 3.

It looks to be a welcome addition to the borough. The 91-seat BYOB boasts a tasty and diverse menu, inspired by traditional Northern Italian cuisine. Entrees range in price from $18 to $27 and, according to Dominic’s website, include Pollo Sorentina (chicken cutlet topped with eggplant, basil, and mozzarella), Bistecca alla Fiorentina (T-bone steak), Tilapia Calabrese (broiled tilapia with roasted tomato and spices) and much more. While Dominic's is only open for dinner now, in May the restaurant will launch a lunch menu.

All the dishes are prepared by Chef Gionfranco, a Florence-born culinarian who's opened restaurants in Italy, San Francisco, Kingston, NY, and now Phoenixville.

Dominic's is simultaneously rooted in two distant places: Phoenixville and Italy. But for the Tammaro clan, this isn't a contradiction. Tammaro's parents immigrated to Phoenixville from Caserta, Italy, where his father found work in the old steel mill. Today, Liz is raising her children in the home her grandparents once lived in.

"I have my mother and father's photographs all over the place. Without them, this place wouldn't be here," Tammaro said, gesturing to a black and white wedding photo on the dining room’s wall.

"It's really a tribute to them."

Compassionate Conservative April 15, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Hasn't the Columbia been closed?
harry finster April 15, 2013 at 05:00 PM
The Columbia is closed and is not in any way affiliated with Dominic's. The Patch really did a disservice to Dominic's with some really really poor work. A retraction story is not enough. Getting it right in the first place is the only acceptable answer in this situation. No excuses.
Jane April 15, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Arleen April 16, 2013 at 05:38 AM
John Mims did try to reopen The Columbia Cafe and it was opened for a few weeks at least. We went there and it was a disaster. Don't know what happened, but Mims is back on the Main Line and The Columbia is closed again. That is such a shame.
Area Patch Reader April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Mim's was a great Cajun chef at Carmines back in the day but a bad business man and worse boss. His first move after trying to take over the Columbia was the fire all the workers who were owed weeks in back pay (many had went into their own pockets to buy liquor to keep the bar going and never got a dime of what they were owned - I think some are sueing for back wages) and then throw them under the bus in an article here on the Patch. Bartenders, servers, cooks, etc...barely make enough money to get by as is and for them to be treated that way by someone who knows this and has been in the businees for years speaks volumes about this man's character. Good riddance to that creep and I sincerely hope he is never has another successful venture. Anyway, I hope this new Italian place fares better. They are owned by a local family and I wish them them all the best. Let's just hope the high rents don't do them in like 70% of the places in town.


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