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1312 Spruce St. (13th St.) Send to Phone
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Sit back and entrust your hosts, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, to offer a feast of soulful Italian cooking.
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Vetri, Philadelphia, PA

Vetri Restaurant Review

: Chef Marc Vetri needs no more than this intimate 32-seater on Spruce Street to impress guests. From the cozy décor --- walls awash in flaxen gold, assorted wooden chairs and knick-knacks on the wall --- comes a family dining room feel. Tables are arranged close enough to allow for not only a whiff but also a bird's eye view of your neighbor's meal. On the second floor there's a private dining space that doubles as a venue for cooking classes hosted by the restaurant. Vetri's food is earthy, eloquent and ambitious. His influences span from his Sicilian grandmother to kitchens in Italy, where he studied for years. A six-course tasting menu for $155 is offered each evening, with the option of wine pairings at an additional cost (alternatively, consider a partial or full beer pairing). The repertoire has included striped marlin crudo; sweet onion crêpe with truffle fondue; delicate Swiss chard gnocchi with brown butter; and for dessert, a chocolate polenta soufflé or perhaps peanut butter flan. The 2,500-bottle cellar specializes in regional Italian wines but also accommodates 500 old-world and new-world varietals. Sommelier Jeff Benjamin, Vetri's partner, has been with the restaurant since the beginning in 1998.

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