Mike Stollenwerk Lands At Branzino

Mike Stollenwerk, last seen among the damp ruins of Rhino Bar and Fish (in its 3rd incarnation), has surfaced with a new gig. He’s now standing as exec at the Rittenhouse BYO Branzino. All we know right now is that he’s there, that owner Luan Tota (pictured above, with his new chef) is planning on building a brand new 2,500 square foot kitchen for Stollenwerk (which will include a space dedicated to house-made charcuterie) and that Branzino is planning on adding Sunday brunch service, starting on Mother’s Day–because rolling out a brand new menu on one of the busiest days on the food service calendar is just bound to go flawlessly, right?

Oh, and Branzino has a new dinner menu, too. Check it out after the jump.

Branzino Dinner Menu

Crudo del Giorno

cucumber, radish, lemon 10.

Panzanella Salad

tomato, pane tostato, roasted pepper,
frisee, red onion, feta, red wine vinaigrette 9.

Roasted Beet Carpaccio

watercress, almond, aged caprino
cheese, senape vinaigrette 9.

Wild Baby Arugula

shaved pear, pecorino, lemon
vinaigrette 9.

Caprese Salad

mozzarella di bufala, heirloom tomato, basil,
ursini olive oil, sea salt 11.

Carne Cruda

pickled celery, poached egg vinaigrette 14.

Mussels “nella Ciotola”

pancetta, tomato, peperoncini 12.

Char Grilled Octopus

potato fritto, cetriolo sottaceto, aioli
nero, baby arugula 15.

Calamari “Stufato”

black olive, golden raisin, white bean,
pangrattato 12.


Crab Ravioli

asparagus, lemon 14.

Whole Wheat Fettucini

zucchini, ricotta “panna montata”, walnut 13.


rock shrimp, cherry tomato pelati, basil 15.


guanciale, radicchio, onion, balsamic 14.


salsa alla nonna, ricotta salata 12.


bolognese sauce 14.


spicy lamb sausage, rapini pesto 14.


anchovy, hot pepper, bread crumb 13.

Risotto con Fungi

truffle 14.


spring vegetables, black garlic sauce 27.


cherry tomato orzo “risotto”, warm olive
vinaigrette 29.

Alaskan Halibut Wrapped in Speck

almond gazpacho,
cauliflower, roasted grape, brown butter 28.

Whole Grilled Branzino

roasted asparagus, lemon
caper butter 32.

Griggstown Poussin “al Mattone”

shaved fennel,
orange, salsa verde 26.

Roasted Lamb Belly

celeriac puree, cipollini onion
agrodolce, lamb jus 28.

Veal Porterhouse

funghi sott’olio, pecorino, saba 35.

Strip Steak

roasted fingerling potato, watercress,
gorgonzola, pickled shallots 31.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary
Rapini with Roasted Garlic
Roasted Asparagus
Broccoli with Hot Chilies
Herb Roasted Mushrooms

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