Philly deals and events

Get Food & Wine’s ‘best Italian food no one knows about’ at this Rittenhouse cafe

Arrosticini are as ubiquitous in Abruzzo as cheesesteaks are in Philly.

grancaffelaquila-italiancheesesteak
Gran Caffe L'Aquila

From Gran Caffe L’Aquila

In terms of popularity, the arrosticini is the veritable “cheesesteak of the Abruzzo region” just east of Rome. It is sold in kiosks and small shops from the gentle mountains of L’Aquila to the azure Adriatic shores of Pescara. Food & Wine recently called arrosticini “The Best Italian Food No One Knows About.

The arrosticini is a lamb skewer that using meat divided into fat and lean parts, which are then layered in alternating stacks. No butter or olive oil is used when cooking.

“The art is in layering fat and lean cuts.”says Gran Caffe co-owner Riccardo Longo. “The skewers are simply seared on a plancha (griddle) with a hint of salt.”

The arrosticini dish includes 8 skewers served on two slices of hearty artisanal bread, served with the classic chili pepper sauce ($15.90) or chef Stefano Biasini’s signature “long hot gelato” ($17.90).

Want some more? Explore other Philly deals and events stories.

Thanks for reading another Billy Penn story

Seems you’re the kind of person who really digs in. Want more? Sign up for our morning update, the quick, easy, free way to stay on top of Philly news.

Thanks for reading Billy Penn

Like the story above, everything we publish is powered by our members. If you enjoy reading, throw us a bone! Just $5/month makes more difference than you’d think.

Thanks for reading! We need you.

Member donations power our newsroom. If Billy Penn helps you feel more connected to Philly, we’d love to count you in. Will you join us?

Lock in your support

Reader support powers our newsroom. A monthly membership helps lock it in.

Can we count on you as a Billy Penn sustainer?

Winning the local journalism game

Thank you: Your support as a member is powering our news gathering.

Know someone else who might like our work? Invite them to join.

Tagged

Food, Rittenhouse