PRLog - May 3, 2010 - PHILADELPHIA -- May, 2010 Philadelphia, PA – When you think of South Philly’s restaurant scene, what comes to mind? Opera singing waiters, hefty portions of pasta with red sauce – what the locals refer to as “gravy”? If the last time you made a trip to this part of the city was to get a cheese steak, you are in for a big surprise. South Philly is undergoing a quiet Renaissance and Le Virtu is at the center of the movement.
What started out as a dream of owner Francis Cratil to bring authentic Abruzzese cuisine to Philadelphia, has grown into a dining Mecca for Italians and Europeans who travel for miles for Le Virtu’s home-made dishes like Maccheroncini alla Chitarra in its heavenly lamb ragu.
“At first, there were rumors among Eurocircle’s Italian members, then the buzz spread through the rest of the group. Pretty soon I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about” explains Sherry Kumar, the founder of Philadelphia’
For years Eurocircle members have had exclusive access to Philly’s hottest chefs, have toured the kitchens of masters like George Perrier’s Le Bec Fin and rubbed shoulders with the city’s most talented restauranteurs, but this time they are in for a social as well as an educational experience. Eurocircle’s next event will introduce its members to traditional Abruzzese cooking techniques and include a tour Le Virtu’s private curing room which is rumored to produce some of the area’s finest salumi.
For the local European community, this gathering is a way to get back in touch with their roots. For some this is a cultural event, but for others, a very emotional experience that brings back memories of childhood with tastes and traditions left behind.
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Eurocircle is a global organizations for Europeans and Internationals. It purpose is to foster friendships and cultural exchange through social events, networking and unique experiences.