Le Virtù - Abruzzese Ristorante Philadelphia




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Francis & Catherine
Author: Francis & Catherine

Francis Cratil-Cretarola and Catherine Lee have owned and operated an Abruzzese-themed trattoria, Le Virtu, in South Philadelphia since 2007.  The restaurant has been featured in The Washington Post, Food & Wine, The Guardian, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Lucky Peach, Food Republic, and Elle.

The restaurant was invited on two occasions to cook at the James Beard House in NYC. Le Virtu is the only restaurant in the US to have regularly held and hosted authentic Panarda feasts.

Francis and Cathy have been working, traveling, and living in Abruzzo for over 25 years: they’ve assisted and/or guided culinary tours of the region, produced a program on the regional cuisine for Philadelphia-area public television and the Comcast network; supported, produced, and promoted Abruzzo-related cultural events (mainly traditional music but also chefs and wine producers) in Philadelphia and its suburbs, New York City, New Jersey, and Delaware; consulted on articles about the region in Saveur, Elle, and The New York Times Francis’s paternal roots are in the region (Castiglione Messer Raimondo) and they spend part of their year (whenever they can) at their home in Penne.

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