Press: Best Champagne Cocktail / Philadelphia Style

5 OUTSTANDING CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS TO TRY IN PHILADELPHIA Rosé season is winding down, which means its the perfect time to try a new cocktail. Keep the bubbly flowing with these 5 outstanding champagne-inspired cocktails around the city. Gran Caffe L’Aquila Known as one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the city, owner Riccardo Longo […]

Press: Billy Penn talks about our Arrosticini

Get Food & Wine’s ‘best Italian food no one knows about’ at this Rittenhouse cafe Arrosticini are as ubiquitous in Abruzzo as cheesesteaks are in Philly. In terms of popularity, the arrosticini is the veritable “cheesesteak of the Abruzzo region” just east of Rome. It is sold in kiosks and small shops from the gentle […]

Press: Biz Insider

Blurb from article: I’m a 25-year-old millennial newlywed who just bought my first home — here’s how I make and spend my money…Original Article from Business Insider…Click here to read! Brunch is a great deal, but we also wind up spending $37.45 on a dog sitter for our small puppy. We hit all the hotspots in […]

Press: Gelato Day 2018/Philly Grub

Celebrate National Gelato Day at Gran Caffe L’Aquila (L to R) Owners Restaurant veteran Riccardo Longo and International Gelato Champion Stefano Biasini National Gelato Day is this Saturday (July 21) and it will be observed at Gran Caffe L’Aquila with a very American spin. International Gelato Champion Stefano Biasini, a partner at Gran Caffe L’Aquila, will introducte his all […]

Press:…Michael Klein’s Let’s Eat

Where we’re eating: Gran Caffe L’Aquila  Pasta carbonara, with savory gelato on top, at Gran Caffe L’Aquila.    MICHAEL KLEIN / Staff Those who enjoy espresso and gelato are in luck at Rittenhouse’s elegant but affordable Gran Caffe L’Aquila (1716 Chestnut St.), where the coffee is roasted and ice cream is made in labs on the second floor by Italian […]

Press: Richard Hodges Blog…Italy in Philly

Richard Hodges OBE, noted archaeologist, author and president of the American University in Rome hails Gran Caffe L’Aquila as ‘Italy in Philly’. Follow the link to read his blog. Grazie Dottor Hodges! CLICK HERE FOR RICHARD’S BLOG ABOUT GRAN CAFFE L’AQUILA! 

Philly Grub: Our Arrosticini takes on the Philly Cheese Steak

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

Press:…Happy Hour

You’re doing happy hour wrong. Here’s how to fix it. STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Low-alcohol summer drinks at Gran Caffe L’Aquila (from left): Sgroppino, Negroni, and Aperol Spritz. by Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer  @samanthamelamed | Step into Gran Caffe L’Aquila on a Friday evening, and you may feel like you’ve wandered out of Center City and into a […]

Press: PhilMyTummy Food Blog

PHOODIES PHILLING OUR TUMMIES IN PHILADELPHIA @PHILMYTUMMY GRAN CAFFE L’AQUILA August 2, 2017 Philadelphia may have a lot of Italian restaurants, but where can you go for a truly authentic meal? Gran Caffe L’Aquila has a legendary story to share. Stefano Biasini, Gelato Master, and Michele Morelli, international renowned coffee roaster, lost their original Gran Caffe L’Aquila restaurant in the 2009 earthquake which destroyed […]

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Press: Ticket to Entertainment 4/18/17

DINING: Out of tragedy comes bonanza for Philly foodies Posted on April 18, 2017 by Ticket WRITTEN BY LEN LEAR For Digital First Media This story could be made into a movie. Riccardo Longo, 46, who was born in Rome but moved to South Philly with his family when he was just 5 (while living […]

Press: Eater // Mother’s Day 2017

Gran Caffe L’Aquila Owner Stefano Biasini, who’s won the World Cup of Gelato for his native Italy (and is competing on the U.S. team this year), is making a Mother’s Day gelato at Gran Caffe L’Aquila with white chocolate, orange blossom, and an Italian orange liqueur. The restaurant is also highlighting a different Italian city […]

Press: Philly Voice // Mother’s Day 2017

For the mom who loves travel and adventure… Gran Caffe L’Aquila Splurging on a trip to Florence for mom might be out of budget (even though she totally deserves it), but you can take her to Gran Caffe L’Aquila for a special Florence-inspired meal. All the food and wine served will be authentic Italian. For […]

Press: // Stefano & World Cup of Gelato

Food — The Insider Italian gelato master to compete for the U.S. Updated: APRIL 24, 2017 — 7:34 AM EDT    MICHAEL KLEIN / STAFF Stefano Biasini (left) with business partner Riccardo Longo at Gran Caffe L’Aquila. by Michael Klein , Staff Writer @phillyinsider| NHL and NBA players play for their native lands in […]

Press: Philly Style //RESTAURANT BUCKET LIST IN 2017

5 Restos to Keep on Your Restaurant Bucket List in 2017 By Brian Freedman | December 19, 2016 | Food & Drink Toast to 2017 long after the ball has dropped at these top-knotch kitchens. THAT’S AMORE The second-floor dining room at Gran Caffe L’Aquila is inspired by the old-style Italian region of Abruzzo. Philly […]

Press: The Daily Meal

Letizia Mattiacci: The Umbrian Cook on an American Tour Mar 20, 2017 | 5:06 pm By Monte Mathews Staff Writer Learn how to cook the cuisine of this Italian province from an Umbrian cook and teacher Experience Umbria cuisine first hand on Letizia Mattiacci’s tour. Umbria — the Italian province sandwiched between Tuscany, Le Marche, and […]

Press: Philly Weekly // Joe Sixpack

Joe Sixpack: Wake Up and Smell the Gran Gianduitto                                               They take their coffee seriously at Gran Caffe L’Aquila. The Chestnut Street cafe and restaurant operates its own second-floor roaster, its co-owner is […]

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Press: NPR // A $112,000 White Truffle?!

The Salt WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE FOR FOODIES A $112,000 White Truffle?! At Auction, Philly Embraces Fungi Mania Facebook Twitter Google+ Email November 20, 20166:47 AM ET KRISTEN HARTKE Five lots of white truffles on display entice bidders in both Philadelphia and Italy. Kristen Hartke for NPR Bowtie-bedecked auctioneer Samuel Freeman was faced with the […]

Press: // Rich Mixture

News Rich Mixture Updated: NOVEMBER 9, 2016 — 3:01 AM EST ED HILLE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER “If you are ambitious and motivated at what you do, it can be very frustrating to stay in Italy,” says Maurizio Cereda (left), a physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. To his left is Cristina Savino, also […]

Press: What do you do with a $100,000 truffle? Eat it

Food What do you do with a $100,000 truffle? Eat it Updated: NOVEMBER 16, 2016 — 12:26 PM EST by Jill P. Capuzzo, For The Inquirer “Going once. Going twice. Third and final call,” boomed esteemed Philadelphia auctioneer Samuel T. Freeman III, presiding over a most unusual auction at the Union League on Sunday.   […]

Press: Newsworks

AUGUST 24, 2016 Worry over family, friends in quake-torn Italy has Philadelphians frantically seeking news Philadelphia’s Italian community has been racing to computers and phones to get information about loved ones in central Italy, where a massive earthquake has destroyed entire towns, killing at least 150. The death toll continues to climb. The America-Italy Society […]

Press: South Philly Review

Gran Caffé L’Aquila’s Carbonara By SPR Staff In Food and Drink, Food & Drink Features March 5, 2015 April 6, 2009 will forever be a dev­ast­at­ing day in the his­tory of the ori­gin­al Gran Café L’Aquila, as an earth­quake des­troyed the cap­it­al city of Italy’s Ab­ruzzo re­gion. 185683311 185683311 185683181 April 6, 2009 will forever […]

Press: Foo Booz

Gran Caffe L’Aquila Is Indeed Grand BY ARTHUR ETCHELLS  |  JANUARY 2, 2015 AT 3:18 PM Gran Caffe L’Aquila opened a week ago at 1716 Chestnut Street. The bi-level space is open from morning to night, offering Italian coffee, pastries, gelato, panini, wine and more. The restaurant shares more than just the name with the Abruzzo […]

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  Hot Plate: Carbonara at Gran Caffe L’Aquila JENNIFER LOGUE Satisfy your pasta and gelato cravings in one glorious bite. Usually when I’m on Chestnut Street near Liberty Place, I’m either rushing to work or grabbing lunch to eat at my desk. Now I have another reason to be in this part of town: to […]

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Press: Philadelphia Style…Best New Restaurant’s in Philly

The Best New Restaurants in Philadelphia By Jessica Green | February 23, 2015 | Food & Drink SHARE Established chefs around the city are expanding their horizons and creating Philly’s new favorite restaurants. Meltkraft’s Melter Skelter, with a raclettestyle raw Jersey cow-milk cheese, green tomatoes, and barbecue chips. Brick and Mortar What do you get […]