Chef Shuffle

Mike Stollenwerk Resurfaces at Branzino

Mike Stollenwerk and Branzino owner Luan Tota
Mike Stollenwerk and Branzino owner Luan Tota Photo: Branzino

Former Fish frontman Mike Stollenwerk, who dropped out of sight in the months that followed his exit from the restaurant he founded, resurfaces today at Rittenhouse BYOB Branzino, where he’s signed on to run the newly retooled kitchen. A rep for owner Luan Tota tells Grub that the restaurateur recently excavated the basements of the twin properties housing Branzino, and reconfigured the subterranean space to include spaces for garde manger, fish, meat, and pasta stations, plus a separate room for dishes and dish washing, and an area dedicated to curing housemade charcuterie. Since signing on, Stollenwerk’s been busy developing a new menu loaded up with his well revered (and surely dearly missed) approach to seafood. Check out the new menu straight ahead.


Crudo del Giorno
cucumber, radish, lemon 10.

Panzanella Salad
tomato, pane tostato, roasted pepper, frisee, red onion, feta, red wine vinaigrette 9.

Roasted Beet Carpaccio
watercress, almond, aged caprino cheese, senape vinaigrette 9.

Wild Baby Arugula
shaved pear, pecorino, lemon vinaigrette 9.

Caprese Salad
mozzarella di bufala, heirloom tomato, basil, ursini olive oil, sea salt 11.

Carne Cruda
pickled celery, poached egg vinaigrette 14.

Mussels “nella Ciotola”
pancetta, tomato, peperoncini 12.

Char Grilled Octopus
potato fritto, cetriolo sottaceto, aioli nero, baby arugula 15.

Calamari “Stufato”
black olive, golden raisin, white bean, pangrattato 12.


Crab Ravioli
asparagus, lemon 14.

Whole Wheat Fettucini
zucchini, ricotta “panna montata”, walnut 13.

rock shrimp, cherry tomato pelati, basil 15.

guanciale, radicchio, onion, balsamic 14.

salsa alla nonna, ricotta salata 12.

bolognese sauce 14.

spicy lamb sausage, rapini pesto 14.

anchovy, hot pepper, bread crumb 13.

Risotto con Fungi truffle 14.


spring vegetables, black garlic sauce 27.

cherry tomato orzo “risotto”, warm olive vinaigrette 29.

Alaskan Halibut Wrapped in Speck
almond gazpacho, cauliflower, roasted grape, brown butter 28.

Whole Grilled Branzino
roasted asparagus, lemon caper butter 32.

Griggstown Poussin “al Mattone”
shaved fennel, orange, salsa verde 26.

Roasted Lamb Belly
celeriac puree, cipollini onion agrodolce, lamb jus 28.

Veal Porterhouse
funghi sott’olio, pecorino, saba 35.

Strip Steak
roasted fingerling potato, watercress, gorgonzola, pickled shallots 31.


Roasted Fingerling Potatoes rosemary

roasted garlic

Roasted Asparagus

hot chilies

Herb Roasted Mushrooms

Mike Stollenwerk Resurfaces at Branzino