The Glorious Vegetables of Italy Dinner at Le Virtù Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., $75 including wine pairings (excluding tax & gratuity)
Le Virtù is welcoming fellow Abruzzo enthusiast Domenica Marchetti to celebrate the release of her new cookbook, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy. Marchetti and Le Virtù chef Joe Cicala have worked together crafting a menu of vegetable-centric dishes from the book. And when Cicala says vegetable-centric, he’s quick to point out that the menu is not entirely meat-free, but “one that celebrates vegetables.” Marchetti’s last volume was devoted to all things pasta-related. “Maybe after all of that pasta I was craving vegetables,” she said. This menu is made up of seasonally sound dishes taken from her new cookbook. It begins with a bread service of cherry tomato and red-onion focaccia and pizza bianca with fennel and a play on a Caesar salad starring bitter chicory dressed with anchovies; soup is a traditional ribollita, and the primo is a warm risotto with butternut squash and Tuscan kale. The main is a whole suckling pig roasted porchetta-style, and the accompanying controni are wintery staples like roasted fennel with sultanas and chile, roasted Romanesco with anchovy sauce and a winter cauliflower salad. Dessert via Le Virtù pastry chef Angela Ranalli is a lovely autumn-spiced semifreddo with crisp sweet-potato fritelle, mocha sauce and toasted pumpkin seeds. Le Virtù, 1927 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-271-5626, levirtu.com.
There are a few more notable cookbook dinners happenings in the next few weeks. Here’s a sneak peek at one:
The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook Dinner at Osteria Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., $150 including wine pairings, cookbook, tax and gratuity
Marc Vetri and company are having chef Michael Anthony in to celebrate with an evening of dishes from Danny Meyer’s iconic Gramercy Tavern in New York. Anthony will be speaking to diners about the story of this East 20th Street legend and signing copies of the gorgeous volume. Osteria, 640 N. Broad St., 215-763-0920, osteriaphilly.com.
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