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Le Virtu Hosts A Thirty-Five Course ‘La Panarda’ Feast, October 23rd

Photo courtesy Le Virtu

Join Chef Joe Cicala and his team at Le Virtu, as they create a thirty-five course La Panarda feast on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 2 to 9PM. The meal costs $200 per person (or about $5.70 a course!). This incredible, 7-hour meal, will also include eight wine courses from Abruzzo, Italy’s well regarded Cantina Frentana.

Le Virtu, located in the East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia, has become well known for their house-cured salumis and meats. They have a strong commitment to sourcing as much as they can locally, including naturally raised pork from Berks County; lamb, chicken and rabbit from Lancaster County; and produce from rural New Jersey and Pennsylvania. What they can’t find locally, they import from Abruzzo.

The traditions of La Panarda, a rare Abruzzese celebration of total decadence, dates back to the 14th century and was often tied to large celebrations like weddings. In Le Virtu’s case, this Panarda is in celebration of their 4th anniversary.

The menu will include the fresh pastas, meat and seafood dishes, and of course, their famous house-cured salumis.

Reservations for La Panarda can be made by calling 215.271.5626. To learn more about Le Virtu, visit their website.