Le Virtu’s Stuzzichini Is Like Italian Tapas

Le Virtu's Chef Joe Cicala
Le Virtu’s Chef Joe Cicala Photo: Le Virtu

Tapping into the steady flow of hungry and thirsty throngs that pack the restaurants and bars along Passyunk Avenue was one of the first orders of business Joe Cicala wanted get to after being appointed chef at Le Virtu. He believes the new bar menu that he just introduced, which is comprised of stuzzichini — tasty little Italian bar snacks — just might be the thing. “It’s kind of like Italian tapas but a little smaller,” Cicala told Grub Street. “It’s not just, like, peanuts and popcorn, it’s a little more composed and a little more elaborate.” The collection of snacks includes aracini with pork ragu, head-on prawns sautéed in wine, garlic and herbs and house cured salumi. Click through to see the entire menu and Chef Cicala’s beer pairing recommendations.

Pizza fritta: savory fried dough $6
Dog Fish 90 Minute IPA

Bruschette Miste: selection of 4 bruschette with housemade toppings $8
beer pairing depends on the day, as topping change, but with the duck liver…Ommegang Abbey Double

Arancini: fried rice balls with peas and pork ragu $8
Belhaven Scottish Ale

Gamberi: prawns sauteed with white wine, garlic and herbs $8
Sly Fox Pikeland Pils or Franziskaner

Cozze allo zafferano: PEI mussels in a white wine and saffron broth $10
Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse ale

Affettati Misti:
selection of house-cured salumi and antipasti (for 1) $10
Ommegang Rare Vos

Le Virtu’s Stuzzichini Is Like Italian Tapas