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In Philadelphia, Israeli restaurant is a brother’s tribute

PHILADELPHIA — If only everyone’s grief could be channeled into something as wonderful as what happened with Michael Solomonov, who had been cooking upscale Italian food at Philadelphia’s Vitri back in 2003 when his brother was killed while serving in the Israeli Army. After preparing a memorial dinner at his brother’s army base, Solomonov came back to Philadelphia with a desire to open what eventually became Zahav, the red-hot Israeli restaurant he co-owns with partner Steven Cook. 

Designed to evoke the feeling of being in a hidden Jerusalem courtyard, the softly lighted restaurant has golden limestone floors and walls, dark wood tables, and colored glass hanging lanterns.

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