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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

About the restaurant and décor: 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.

About the food: 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 $165 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 ricotta salata and brown butter; and for dessert, a chocolate polenta soufflé or perhaps pistachio flan.

About the wine: 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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