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Vetri

1312 Spruce St. (13th St.) Send to Phone
215-732-3478 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Sit back and entrust your hosts, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, to offer a feast of soulful Italian cooking.

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Lunch Fri. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner Mon.-Thurs. 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:45 p.m.-9:45 p.m., Sun. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
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Vetri, Philadelphia, PA

Vetri Restaurant Review

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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 madai snapper crudo; sweet onion crêpe with Parmigiano and white truffle fondue; delicate Swiss chard gnocchi with ricotta salata and brown butter; and salt-baked branzino. Dessert tempts with a chocolate polenta soufflé with chocolate ganache and vanilla gelato or perhaps pistachio flan with milk chocolate gelato. A four-course lunch menu ($85) is also available on Fridays.

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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