They’re not normally the first thing I think of when I think of dinner on a snowy night, but after seeing these, I might change my mind: Beer-battered onion rings with “Samurai Sauce” made with mayo, sambal and Sriracha. They’re on special tonight at Alla Spina, so get on over there if you’re interested.
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Here’s hoping Alla Spina’s North Philly Sausage Cheesesteak is available latenight.
On New Year’s Eve Alla Spina is transforming itself into “Club Vetri.” There will be a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and as importantly, food stations featuring dishes from all of the Vetri Family restaurants (Vetri, Amis, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Lo Spiedo and of course Alla Spina). Tickets start at $120 and rise as we get closer to New Year’s Eve.
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Behold, the “Have Yourself A Merry Little Brisket” burger, created by Pat Szoke (ex of Alla Spina and The Industry)–a reuben burger with brisket, 1000 Island, swiss and sauerkraut. It’s on the board starting tonight at Rex 1516 and $15 gets you the burger, a beer and a shot of Buffalo Trace–which is a helluva way to do a Citywide.
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And fried cheese is exactly what chef Julie Kline is serving at Alla Spina tonight in honor of the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.
Julie Kline [Twitter]
Tomorrow night, starting at 6:30 p.m., Alla Spina and chef Julie Kline are hosting a Vetri Family Cage Match dinner. Kline’s competitor for the evening? Lo Spiedo and its chef, Tia McDonald.
The two will battle head-to-head for honor, glory and bragging rights. The results for you, the guest, will be 4 courses of Vetri-licious food. Better still? Booze pairings are included. Tickets for tomorrow night’s event will run you $75 per person.
Call Alla Spina at 215-600-0017 to make reservations. Seats are going quickly, so I’d make that call as soon as possible.
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Cedar Point’s grilled cheese special with a shot and a beer.
We’ve noticed a trend around town. Restaurants are offering their own version of the happy meal, a sandwich (or in one case, a taco), a shot and a beer. This super-sized Citywide is a welcome combo for bar eaters. Here are some of our favorites in Philadelphia.
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If you’re looking for plans for tonight’s Flyers game versus the Oilers, Alla Spina is offering good food and a good deal. The Italian gastropub will be offering $3 cheeseburger sliders all night. As for booze, get a pint of Victory Brewing Company’s Halfway IPA for just another $3 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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Dock Street is throwing a party tonight for their first Dock Street Spirits brand, Vicio mezcal, and they’re doing it at Alla Spina.
Vicio is their first “exploratory” spirit, described as a smokey agave liquor. It will be paired with a special Alla Spina menu of Italian bar snacks, and there’ll also be a featured beer cocktail, combining Vicio Mezcal and Dock Street’s Caliente Golden Ale, brewed with agave and chile peppers. The tasting begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
Dock Street Spirits [Official]
This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.
Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.
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We celebrated our 25th Open Stove event last night, and the festivities started off with Jason saying, “I’m going to do everything in my power to piss off Lily tonight.”
Now, the Open Stoves previous to last night’s have all been very fun and exciting–the talent was always there, and everyone was guaranteed to leave feeling full, drunk, and satisfied. But last night, something was different. Maybe there was something in the water.
Or maybe it was all the vodka…
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