- Dress code: Casual
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Alla Spina Restaurant Review: Chef Marc Vetri of Vetri, Osteria, Lo Spiedo and Amis Trattoria is behind this Italian gastropub just off North Broad Street. The look is casual with an urban edge --- garage door-style windows roll up in the warm weather months to reveal walls decorated by a professional graffiti artist. The hearty food is ideal for passing around the table and pairing with Alla Spina’s local craft brews and bottled Italian beers. Fried pig tails with fennel agro dolce set the tone for adventurous eaters, who also will want to sample the rich poutine with lamb gravy and mozzarella curd. Alla Spina offers its own riffs on familiar bar snacks, too, including crab and horseradish deviled eggs and house-made pretzels with spicy beer cheese. It balances out the fried food category with lighter fare such as zucchini with lemon, oregano and basil, and a kale Caesar salad with bagna cauda. Finish off the meal on a hearty note with maple-glazed fried chicken or the house-made mortadella hot dog with spicy pickles.