Le Virtu is hosting a sure-to-be-unforgettable 40-course feast, and you're invited. (Photo courtesy Le Virtu)
Brace yourselves: we’re about to reveal some mind-blowing, stomach-growling, chop-licking information that’s the definition of drool-worthy and perhaps a good enough reason to jump start your New Year’s resolution to hit up the gym more than three times a year.
Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtu has announced that Sunday, December 16, his Abruzzo-inspired resto will serve an astounding 40-course feast known as La Panarda for 20 guests only.
The decadent Abruzzese affair, which began approximately 600 years ago as a reward to the region’s laboring class, is meant to celebrate the gathering of loved ones during the holiday season.
A $200 seat at the table will see you eight hours of chestnut gnocchi with wild boar ragu, braised mutton stew, scampi with chickpeas, farro and pork soup, pine-nut and star anise semifreddo and thickly sliced steak (to name a few) along with eight wine pairings from Abruzzo’s Cantina Frentana vineyard.
Per the ancient custom, the extravagant gluttonous offering dictates that every course must be consumed. In other words, loose-fitting garments and elastic waists (while we shudder at the thought) may be advised.
To snatch a reservation, call (215) 217-5626.
Le Virtu’s La Panarda
Where: 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue
When: Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m.
Cost: $200 (plus tax and gratuity)
More info: www.levirtu.com