- Neighborhood: Fairmount
- 600 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-763-0920
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- Cuisine: Italian
- Price: $$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
For one night only, the crew at Alla Spina are bringing in chef, manager and Master Sommelier Chris Bates from FLX Wienery in the Finger Lakes to do a special Wine Week menu.
First things first, check out this guy’s bio: “Christopher Bates not only helmed one of the country’s greatest wine programs as General Manager and Executive Chef of 5 star Hotel Fauchere, but won the International Best Young Sommelier competition.” He then went on to bail out of the hotel scene and open a “Modern Hot-Doggery” where he could sling wieners and dogs for a living, which is just awesome.
Second things second, you've got to take a look at the menu being offered tonight. There are two options--drop in at the bar for a snack, or sit down in the dining room at Alla Spina for a full tasting menu, with pairings, of course.
Some of life’s questions are simply too great to ever be answered. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? But this week, two different groups are tackling the age old question: does beer or wine pair better with food?
If we can all just admit that a) the Buffalo wing is the ultimate chicken wing (so meaty, so balanced, so simple with its fake butter, Frank’s RedHot and nothing else), and b) there are very few decent Buffalo wings in Philly, we can move on and start talking about alternate versions we do well. Here are six to start with.