If you skimmed over Le Virtù chef Joe Cicala’s resume, you’d quickly understand why everyone says he runs one of the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia. Called “one of the city’s young kitchen talents to watch” by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, Cicala is a four-time James Beard Semifinalist and one time Finalist. At Le Virtù, he brings to life the central Italian region of Abruzzo, dishing out cured meats, fresh pastas, seafood and more.
It’s almost time to head to the Election Day polls and fill out those ballots. The 2016 Presidential Campaign has felt longer and more divisive than most, but there’s nothing that brings people together better than food and drinks!
Ever since Sriracha exploded a few years ago, the amount of spicy food on any given restaurant menu has reached new heights. Changing consumer tastes and changing demographics have called for more fiery foods and restaurants are spicing up their offerings. Think about it — when was the last time you were in a restaurant that didn’t have hot sauce on hand?
Everyone loves a big bowl of pasta, and luckily, lots of restaurants are crafting lighter, warm-weather versions of this comfort-food classic. So fear not, noodle lovers! There are plenty of great vegetable-forward, herb-driven pastas that’ll help you keep a spring in your step.
There’s nothing like a platter of yummy cheeses to make us swoon with delight. Typically a mixed bag (er, board) of tasty hunks of flavor, the cheese plate is a solid start to any meal (or party, or happy hour, or Netflix marathon…).
There’s nothing sweeter than ending your meal with a decadent dessert. From cakes and pies to tarts and waffles, here are 9 of the best desserts at your favorite neighborhood spots in Philadelphia:
What’s the difference between marinara and pomodoro sauce? How about ricotta and mascarpone? Aren’t ice cream and gelato the same thing? These are just a few of the questions we’ve asked ourselves when trying to decide what to eat off a trattoria menu. Avoid confusion and impress your dinner crew with this cheat sheet for ordering in Italian, and buon appetito!
LE VIRTU showcases the cuisine of central Italy — Abruzzo specifically — highlighting the region’s love of pasta and charcuterie. The inviting, neighborhood spot boasts a rustic vibe with wood furnishings, warm yellow walls and a cozy garden patio. Great Italian wines, craft beers and seasonal cocktails are available.