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6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli to Spotlight 3 Philly Restaurants on The Chew

Set your DVR: At 1 pm this afternoon, 6ABC Action News anchor Alicia Vitarelli will appear on The Chew, where she’ll take the show’s crew […]

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Watch: Philly Food Crew on the Chew Today

Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala, Jose Garces and Holly Ricciardi (Magpie) will be on ABC’s The Chew today. Cicala will be showing off his single strand pasta alla […]

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Brigantessa Is Rolling Out New Pizza Shapes

Because round is boring? Joe Cicala is rolling out an “underground” selection of his Neapolitan pizzas that will come in playful shapes at his Brigantessa. These […]

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Spring Events At Brigantessa and Le Virtu

It’s proving to be a busy month at Le Virtu and Brigantessa, especially for chef Joe Cicala. For the start of the spring season, the […]

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New Menu Items At Le Virtu

Beginning February 2, Le Virtu will offer daily-changing polentas with house-made ragus. The polentas can be served in individual portions as well as family-style for […]

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You’re Doing It Wrong: Joe Cicala Teaches Us How To Eat Real Neapolitan Pizza

So you guys know all about Brigantessa by this point, right? Joe Cicala‘s new place on East Passyunk? His ode to Neapolitan street food and […]

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Le Virtu’s 40-Course Dinner Is Upon Us

Le Virtu’s 2014 La Panarda is finally upon us. The feast will be a momentous 40-course tasting menu inspired by Italy’s Abruzzo region, paired with nine regional wines […]

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First Look: Brigantessa

The people of East Passyunk must have a boundless appetite for pizza, because despite the proximity of Slice, Santucci’s, Marra’s, and Francoluigi’s (and I’m sure […]

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Brigantessa Opens Tonight

Brigantessa opens this evening on East Passyunk Avenue. The second restaurant from chef Joe Cicala and his partners Cathy Lee and Francis Cratil-Cretarola will focus on […]

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A Peek at Brigantessa’s Menu

Joe Cicala is getting close to opening his second restaurant, Brigantessa on East Passyunk. How close? He estimates his menu is about 80% done, which […]

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DIY Down the Shore: Abruzzese-Style Lamb Sausage

To help your summer along, Foobooz plans to give you some recipes by notable chefs and bartenders in Philadelphia. We’re calling it the DIY Down […]

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Brigantessa Gets Its Oven

We’re happy to see Joe Cicala standing next to just delivered wood-fired oven. The video that Cicala posted of the delivery guys attempting to get […]

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There’s A Brigantessa Pop-Up Coming

Brigantessa, Joe Cicala‘s follow up to the excellent work he’s doing down at Le Virtu, has been in the works for some time now. We […]

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Local Chefs Nominated for Food & Wine Best “New Chef”

Food & Wine is running a contest to recognize America’s best up-and-coming chefs. Six Philadelphia chefs are nominated for “The People’s Best New Chef – […]

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Rare Pasta Series At Le Virtu (Yeah, We Said ‘Rare Pasta’)

‘Rare’ as in ‘uncommon’. As in ‘not-just-another-plate-of-spaghetti-and-goddamn-meatballs’. Rare as in frascarell (a kind of Abruzze cous cous) and culurgiones from Sardinia–stuff that, even in this […]