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Brigantessa introduces fun pizza shapes to menu

Chef Joe Cicala at Brigantessa sure knows his pizza.

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While the restaurant, which opened in October, has a menu that includes Southern Italian dishes in general, pizza is one of the main focuses. Cicala is introducing new, playful pizza shapes to the establishment with a secret menu only for customers that are in the know about these new specialty dishes.

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First Pics: Brigantessa opens at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

Brigantessa, the new Southern Italian bar and restaurant from the owners and chef of Le Virtu, is now open at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

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The owners Francis Cratil Cretarola and Catherine Lee and chef Joe Cicala had originally planned to open in July, but due to some problems that arose once they began renovating, the opening had to be pushed back until October. The kitchen area had to be completely demolished before they could finish building and work toward their first day on Oct. 14.

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A look at the bar area you see upon entering Brigantessa.

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Brigantessa shoots for September; Cicala gets put in handcuffs

The City Paper had a great interview with chef Joe Cicala, the man with the plan for Brigantessa, the brick-oven Italian joint planned for the former Karina’s at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

Looking good last week

Looking good last week at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave.

Cicala — also the chef at Le Virtu, whose owners are partners in the new venture — completed a 10-day pizza certification course in Naples, Italy, but ended up having a run-in with the law.

Says the City Paper:

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