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alla spina parla

Craft beer lovers of the Tri-State Area: come hang out with me in Philly August 8 and drink some Italian craft brews at Alla Spina! We’ll be pouring some fun beers and serving Rome-inspired snacks from 4:30-7pm. Entry is free–just pay as you go–and no reservations necessary!

lamb

Join me and the team from Philly’s Rome-inspired restaurant Amis for a very special dinner on February 18. Chefs Brad Spence, Ned Maddock and the crew are butchering a whole lamb for the feast and beverage director Steve Wildy will be pouring amazing beer, wine and liquors from Lazio. I’ll be curating the meal and walking guests through the cultural history of lamb in Rome. Here’s what we’ll be serving:

Cazzimperio
Carrots, radish, celery, fennel, cauliflower with olive oil salt and pepper

Cervelli fritti
Breaded and fried lamb brains with lemon

Abbacchio allo Scottadito
Suckling lamb chops fried on the plancha

Crostini d’abbacchio
Lamb kababs with sage and pancetta on toast

Lamb sausage spedini

Tonnarelli with lamb livers and tomato sauce

Fettuccine with braised leg ragu

Agnello brodettato
Lamb stew with egg and lemon

Ricotta, pine nut and bitter choc tart

Citrus sorbetto with RSFP biscotti

Dinner starts at 6:30PM and costs $65 plus tax and gratuity. The optional beverage pairing is $30. Reservations are essential. To book, call 215-732-2647.

Justin & Dillon
Justin and Dillon Naylor on their farm.

The latest Parla-Proust questionnaire features Justin Naylor, a former high school Latin teacher with whom I collaborated when he would bring his students to Rome from Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. Justin recently resigned from his teaching gig to give his full attention to Old Tioga Farm, his farm and restaurant (more…)

Temple University Craft Beer Club

On February 17 from 7-9:30PM, join me at Alla Spina in Philadelphia for a casual tasting dedicated to the world of Italian craft beer. I will be co-hosting the event with the Temple University Craft Beer Enthusiasts. I have chosen the menu to reflect the styles and brewers which best represent quality production in Italy. We’ll (more…)


This is a turkey in Turkey.

Thanksgiving is just over a week away and I’ve already placed my turkey order, arranged for cranberries to be smuggled into Italy, and begun assigning side dishes and desserts. This is such a fun and festive and fat time of the year I can hardly wait until November 24 (we are celebrating a few days late (more…)