The multiple-course ancient Abruzzese feast known as La Panarda is returning to Le Virtu (1927 East Passyunk Ave.) this Sunday. Chef/madman Joe Cicala is planning on a 10-plus hour tasting complete with wine pairings and "digestion breaks" for a select group of insane intrepid diners. There must be a minimum of 20 courses for a feast to be considered a Panarda but Cicala has doubled the number with his menu clocking in at 40 plates.
Maccheroni with lamb ragu, chestnut gnocchi and braised mutton stew are just a handful of the plates that are going to be served at this day-long affair, certainly not for the faint-of-dining-heart is going to be. The Le Virtu crew will be lighting fire pits in their patio area so that guests can get a bit of fresh air in-between courses.
Think you have what it takes to tackle La Panarda? (Might want to give GQ's recap a read before committing to the meal.) Tickets are going for $250, kind of crazy cheap considering the massive amounts of food and wine that are going to be on the menu. Give 'em a call at 215-271-5626 to reserve your spot at the table.