List of semifinalists for James Beard awards reads like a South Philly restaurant directory

The James Beard Foundation has released the nominations of its annual culinary awards – which are something like the Oscars of the food world – and South Philly is well-represented. In various categories, Will, Bibou, Le Virtu, Laurel, Fond and

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Le Virtu’s owners planning second spot on East Passyunk called Brigantessa

Francis Cratil Cretarola and Catherine Lee, owners of the highly successful Le Virtu, are partnering with their chef Joe Cicala to open a casual spot at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave., where Karina’s is now, reports the Insider. Called Brigantessa, the name

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