Pancetta is cured and spiced porkbelly that has been dried for about 3 months.
It always makes me happy but the cartwheels come when it's hanging out with crab and peas and house-made fettucini.
And back flips begin when I read a chalkboard option like Schlenkerla Helles, a smoked golden lager from Bamburg, Germany.
It was the perfect pairing at Ressurection Ale House on a rainy Monday night.
I was bummed I missed their opening the week prior because I was miles away in the mile high city.
I had events all week (up until Sunday) so I had to take my night off for sanity at Bridgids. I swung through Ressurection on the way home and Megan Maguire of Ommegang came to meet me.
Brendan Hartranft was behind the bar and was a gracious host.
We sampled about 5 different items on the menu. The Lamb kabobs were delicious. They were almost like lamb meatballs. All things skewered that course...we also had shrimp skewers that were slightly spicy. The twice fried chicken drizzled with honey is a must try.
Cantillon was on draft for $6 (probably gone by now)
O'Reilly's Stout Lagunitas Lucky 13, Yards Cape of Good Hope, and 8 others.
The hand pump is not up yet...but should be pouring plenty of Sly fox Chester County Bitter in the days to come.
The Bottle list is downright dreamy including a very reasonable price on one of my faves-
Petrus Aged pale ale. $6.
This guy's not trying to get rich, he's trying to show people a a good time, introduce them to new beers, and open the door to a whole new world that they'll be thankful to be in.
The world plays everything from Nick Lowe to Morphine.
It's comfy with cafe windows that open up to a tree-lined Greys Ferry Avenue.
The staff includes seasoned servers and bartenders that you'll recognize from other reputable joints like the Cantina and Noble American Cookery.
Dessert is simple for now..some housemade biscotti with fresh cream and Figs.
It was simply the only thing I think I could eat after we shoved our faces with four courses prior.
They open for lunch every day at 12 and serve food for the next 12 hours.
They'll have specials from chef Joe Chmiko daily.
Hartranft and his design wizard of a wife, Leigh Maida, have potentially mastered the recipe for bar success in this city.
I think their goal is to electrify us with subtlety.
And the shock becomes addicting and you keep going back for more $6 Petrus and of course more of that Pancetta laden fettucini.