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Gran Caffe L’Aquila’s “Arrosticini” Takes on Philly Cheesesteak

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Arrosticini

Gran Caffe L’Aquila’s “Arrosticini”

This is the first time I’m hearing about the Arrosticini and I’m being told that it is Italy’s answer to a Cheesesteak from the Abruzzo region just east of Rome. It can be found at Rittenhouse Square’s Gran Caffe L’Aquila (1716 Chestnut Street).

The Arrosticini is a complex flavored lamb skewer that starts with the meat divided into fat and lean parts, and then layeed like a lasagna alternating fat and lean layers. Then a grid is used to cut the arrosticini into equal skewers.

At Gran Caffe L’Aquila, the Arrosticini include 8 skewers served on two slice of hearty artisanal bread with a classic chili pepper sauce. No butter or olive oil is used. Or cheese for that matter, so I’m a bit skeptical about the cheesesteak analogy, but they are willing to throw down. Either way, I’d probably still eat it.

If you’ve had this either here in America or in Italy, I’d like to hear from you. What are your thoughts?

2 thoughts on “Gran Caffe L’Aquila’s “Arrosticini” Takes on Philly Cheesesteak

  1. The parallel with the cheesesteak is that it’s the iconic street food of the region and it’s delicious! People from Abruzzo identify with arrosticini the way philadelphians identify with cheesesteaks

  2. Pingback: Philly Grub: Our Arrosticini takes on the Philly Cheese Steak - GRAN CAFFE L'AQUILA

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