A Taste of Abruzzi with Chef Luciana
A Taste of Abruzzi with Chef Luciana @ Le Virtu
1927 East Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA
Craig LaBan insists: “Chef Spurio may also be the best souvenir anyone’s brought back to Philly from a European jaunt in a long time… most talented cook, period.” Zagat’s 2009 raves: “This “awesome jewel”…imparts a “creative” take on Italian cuisine with “intriguing offerings” from a “well-studied” chef “imported” from Abruzzo; “wonderful staffers” really know their wines…” For months I’ve been hearing rumors from Eurocircle’s Italians about South Philly’s most authentic Abruzzese cuisine, but nothing prepared me for what I tasted in Chef Luciana’s kitchen. If you can’t fly to Abruzzi to experience its flavors in person, then join Eurocircle for what is destined to be our most memorable culinary experience to date. We’ll get to know Le Virtu’s owners Francis Cratil Cretarola and Catherine Lee and hear what inspired the creation of this rustic trattoria. We will meet Massimo, a transplant from the town of Colonnella, in the Teramo province of Abruzzo, who will take us on a tour of Le Virtu’s smoking room where he cures the country’s finest smoked meats and sample cured salsiccia cacciatore sott’olio, salsiccia sbalmabile, and home made pancetta. Finally, we’ll say hello to the legendary Chef Luciana who will prepare a delicious tasting from her highly acclaimed menu. Not to be missed is Le Virtu’s take on the Eurotini, inspired by Italy’s favorite liqueur Limoncello! $20 pp if paid by June 1 Drink specials, light hors d’oeuvres. Note: Please plan to arrive early as parking in south Philly is limited.