Alla Spina takes Italian ingredients and goes crazy. Not like “your ma beating you in your sleep with a Swiffer” crazy. More like “getting hit by a bus and lying in the street while having your body’s defense mechanisms flood your brain with feel-good endorphins” kind of crazy.
Take for example, the modestly-named ham and eggs ($16). Maple-glazed prosciutto cotto and tangy Taleggio scrambled eggs are sandwiched oh-so-lovingly on house-made Pullman bread that’s seared and finished with even more maple syrup. Surprisingly, it’s not overly sweet, instead letting all the savory sunshine peek through. “I’m here, bitches!”
The testina hash poutine ($14, pictured) is misleading. There is no pig’s head on a plate, but brown, chicharonnes-like crispy bits, mozzarella curd, hot sauce Hollandaise and sunny-side up eggs over fries. I am deceived! I shall solace in the bottom of the plate!
Not hard to see why Bon Appetit named Alla Spina one of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants in the country. In addition to an incredible brunch menu, this Italian gastropub offers 50 bottled beers, 20 on tap, including hard-to-find Italian beers, and the house Novello Blonde Ale by local craft brewery, Victory. This is a victory, indeed.
1410 Mt. Vernon Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.