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Le Virtù Just Launched Its First Menu With Chef Damon Menapace

Le Virtù has had a turbulent year. The Abruzzese spot on East Passyunk hired Kensington Quarters chef Damon Menapace back in February. This was after […]

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Damon Menapace Will Take Over at Le Virtù and Brigantessa

Le Virtù and Brigantessa owners Francis Cratil-Cretarola and Cathy Lee announced today that Damon Menapace will be the new chef at their East Passyunk restaurants. […]

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Le Virtù Just Launched Three New Tasting Menus

Chef Joseph Voller has only been in the kitchen at Le Virtù for around six months after replacing Joe Cicala last summer. Now, with a new […]

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Here Comes La Panarda, One of Philly’s Strangest, Most Extreme Food Experiences

For six years now, Le Virtu has been throwing one of the most unusual dinner parties of the year. It’s called “La Panarda” (which I […]

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A Taste of Campania in South Philly

Le Virtu is already one of Philly’s most rigorously authentic Italian restaurants. The Abruzze recipes, the imported ingredients, the yearly trips with the chefs and […]

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Chef Joe Cicala Speaks Out on His Termination From Le Virtù and Brigantessa

The breakup between Le Virtù and Brigantessa owners Francis Cratil Cretarola and Cathy Lee and chef Joe Cicala culminated in quite the social media frenzy […]

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Joe Cicala Is Out at East Passyunk’s Le Virtù and Brigantessa

The announcement was made last night: After 7 years, award-winning chef Joe Cicala was no longer the man in the kitchen at Le Virtù and […]

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Where to Eat and Drink Outside Right Now

Philadelphia ain’t exactly Miami Beach, but when the sun comes out, we’ve got no shortage of places to eat (and drink) outdoors. As a matter […]

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Le Virtu is Doing a Medieval Italian Dinner

So here’s something you don’t get to eat every day: Stewed gourds. Or rosewater ravioli. Or dessert made of mozzarella cheese. But that’s exactly what […]

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Taking a Stand for Immigrants and Undocumented Workers at Le Virtù

Look, there’s a long story to this and there’s a short one. A complicated one and a simple one. The short, simple version is this: […]

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Le Virtu, Brigantessa Raising Money for Italian Earthquake Relief

With the devastating earthquake that struck central Italy earlier this week, more than 600 restaurants have begun donating €2 euro towards earthquake relief for every plate […]

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Le Virtu And Brigantessa Are Bringing The Heat In July

This summer, both of Joe Cicala‘s Italian restaurants, Le Virtu and Brigantessa, will be celebrating “La Sagra del Peperoncino”–a week-long party dedicated to the love […]

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Dinners for You and All Your Friends: Feasts Worth Planning Ahead For

Sure it’s fun to order just what you want off of a restaurant’s menu but sometimes the camaraderie of a shared feast is what you’re really […]

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You Probably Can’t Make Minestrone The Way Le Virtu Makes Minestrone

This Sunday, adoptive sheep-daddy Joe Cicala is making minestrone at Le Virtu. There’s a reason for it. Some kind of Italian thing. But my explanation […]

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Le Virtu Adopted A Sheep (And She’s Really Cute)

Yup—Le Virtu has a new member of their family—a sheep named Antonella. Antonella lives on an affiliated farm  in Anversa Degli Abrizzi, Italy named La Porta dei […]