Looking for a way to really toast Pope Francis during his upcoming U.S. visit?
Try raising a glass of Manayunk Brewery’s limited-edition Papal Pleasure beer or New Jersey’s Cape May YOPO—“You Only Pope Once” brew.
These pope-themed beers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many festive foods created in honor of His Holiness.
In Philadelphia, gourmet purveyor DiBruno Brothers has three themed appetizers based on the languages Pope Francis speaks—a bresaola wrapped Testun al Barolo cheese (Italian); Manchego topped with Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, capers and a white anchovy fillet (Spanish); and rich blue cheese bite topped with a sweet wild cherry (German). Each of these have a distinctly different flavor, but if you’re a fine cheese lover you can’t go wrong.
The city of Brotherly Love is also home to Pastificio, which may be known to the locals for its bountiful hoagies, but is quickly gaining notoriety as the home of the Pope Mozzarella—a massive 6-inch block of fresh cheese molded in the likeness of the pontiff. (We recommend sharing with friends caprese style.)