Inspired by years of visits to Italy and a true love of finely made beer, the Vetri family has brewed up their version of an Italian gastropub with Alla Spina (Italian for “from the tap”). Diners can expect a large selection of both local brews and Italian beers, as well as pub fare including house-made sausages, braised meats and oysters. Staying true to its moniker, Alla Spina is a haven for seasonal craft beers.
Guests can grab a spot at the bar and order from one of the 20 taps on the custom copper draft towers—which include hard-to-find Italian brews, a choice of domestic and international offerings and two cask ales; five other taps are dedicated to pouring wine, cocktails, and spirits. There’s a list of 75 bottled beers too, as well as an exclusive house beer from local craft brewery Victory, which changes seasonally.
Signature dishes include “Italian” Poutine with Mozzarella Curd and Guinea Hen Leg Bolognese; Veal Breast Milanese Hoagie with Bacon Maionese; Pig Tails with fennel agrodolce; Maple Glazed Fried Chicken; and Pig Pot Pie. Desserts include beer milkshakes, soft serve, and decadent dishes such as Donut Bread Pudding.
Guests can enjoy the atmosphere in a number of ways; in the colorful dining room, at the bar, in a casual lounge space watching soccer or Philly sports teams on the TVs, or when weather permits, enjoying the outdoor seating while looking into the restaurant through the dramatic floor-to-ceiling garage doors.
Vetri Family Chefs Marc Vetri and Jeff Michaud discuss the inspiration and themes behind the creation of their new Italian gastropub, Alla Spina