Producer: Karen Smyles
If you’re looking for great food, glamour, and a good time, venture just outside Philadelphia to the Montgomery County suburbs. Dino’s Backstage located next door to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, will give you all of that and more. The hotspot, owned by Dino J. Kelly-Cataldi and Michael Richard Kelly Cataldi, opened last summer and is attracting folks from throughout the Philadelphia area.
The restaurant, bar and cabaret is bringing glamour to Keswick Village, a street lined with various charming businesses. Dino and Michael, also partners in life, said they chose the location because of its proximity to their home and because they were attracted to the quaintness of the area.
They wanted the venue to be a “throw back” to the 1940’s, 1950’s, when people went out for the evening and dined, not simply to get a bite to eat. They compare it to what many people might have experienced at the Latin Casino or Palumbo’s, which are both now closed, but hold fond memories for many in this area. It was glamour and glitz. People got dressed up and spent the entire evening at the same location. The moment you step through the door of Dino’s you’ll realize you have no reason to leave.
If experience counts, Dino’s Backstage should be a success. In 1989, Dino opened the Napoleon Cafe in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. Many may recall the restaurant that started as a coffee shop and later evolved into lunch and dinner menus. In 1996 the cafe moved into Center City where it enjoyed enormous popularity. On the entertainment side, Michael brings years of experience in singing and the theater, and you’ll often find him gracing the stage in their beautifully decorated cabaret room.
The menu is sure to please thanks to veteran chef, Scott Howlett who creates mouth-watering dishes and desserts that compliment the nostalgic theme of the 40’s and 50’s supper clubs. All presented with the refinement you would expect in any fine dining establishment because general manager, Thomas Finnegan is always on hand to make sure you have the best experience possible. Finnegan brings extensive experience from working for restaurant giants like George Perrier at Le Bec Fin and Jean-Marie Lacroix at the Rittenhouse.
A Tour of Kelly-Cataldi Home
Michael Kelly-Cataldi gives a tour of Kelly-Cataldi Home, a home furnishings store located across the street from Dino’s Backstage, and shares how it all came about.
Dino’s bartender Ryan Campoli mixes up two of Dino’s most popular drinks and shares the ingredients for you to make at home.