Dueling over radicchio

Assorted radicchio.

Chefs Nunzio Patruno (Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood), Andrea Luca Rossi (soon-to-be Cichetteria 19*), and Luciana Spurio (Le Virtú in South Philly) will battle at 11 a.m. Friday (12/11) at Reading Terminal Market in an Iron Chef-like competition. 

The secret ingredient: Radicchio Rosso Tardivo di Treviso IGP and Radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco IGP. (That stands for "Indicazione Geografica Protetto," and in this case it means that the radicchio is grown in Treviso, Padua, or  Venice under the supervision of the Consorzio Radicchio di Treviso.)

Announcer Christina Pirello of Christina Cooks will provide running commentary, and after 30 minutes, the judges will get ahold of the food.

The event sponsor is John Vena Inc., which sells the radicchio. This winter marks the first promotion of sales directly to consumers and restaurants throughout the region. Besides Vena, you can get it at Iovine Bros. at Reading Terminal Market or from some local restaurant produce suppliers.

* Now for some restaurant news. Rossi, former director of operations for Girasole, recently took over Di Vino, just south of Rittenhouse Square at 267 S. 19th St. After Jan. 1, he's changing the name to Cichetteria 19. Rossi, who grew up in Venice, said the concept will be Venetian -- casual.