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Vetri Review

Chef Mark Vetri blew into town from New York, where his cooking had garnered all sorts of kudos. This tiny space was formerly home to such stellar restaurants as Le Bec-Fin. The magic of the location seems to be working again as Vetri's deft hands turn out such specialties as spinach gnocchi, wild boar ragu on chestnut fettucine, and a strange-sounding but exquisite dessert known as chocolate polenta soufflé. Diners choose from four seasonal $135 prix-fixe tasting menus, including the inventive degustazione menu made up of a series of small courses of Vetri's design. Some complain that the portions are too small, and all complain that reservations are too hard to come by—the average backlog is two months.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Sun. No lunch. Closed 2 weeks in Aug., 1 week in Jan.
Updated: 05-19-2011

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    Vetri Review

    Excellent Special Occasion Spot!
    My spouse and I dined at Vetri on New Year’s Eve (December 2011), so my review is a few months late. We live equidistant between Philadelphia and New York City, but because it is easier to travel to NYC (less traffic), we generally choose that NYC over Philly, except on New Year’s Eve, when travelling to New York becomes nearly impossible. Marc Vetri’s flagship restaurant (he also owns the more casual Osteria and has interest in two others) is thought to be the best restaurant in Philadelphia (we agree!), so it made the top of our list for our special holiday dinner. We liked that the restaurant offered its regular $135 per person prix-fixe tasting menu (note that the price will be raised to $155 in September 2012) rather than a special holiday menu. (When a restaurant offers a special holiday menu, we generally find that the quality and variety suffer while the prices are raised. This wasn’t the case with Vetri.) Both a wine pairing and a beer pairing are available at an additional cost. My spouse liked the beer pairing – something we haven’t been offered ever before. The staff worked unbelievably well together in their smallish space on the first-floor of a townhouse in Center City. There is a public parking lot directly next door to the restaurant. The restaurant has no bar area, so you don’t want to arrive earlier than your reservation. The mood was really festive, from both the diners and the staff. The staff was completing their last shift of work before the restaurant closed for the first two weeks of January; staff members were traveling abroad to learn more about food and cooking. Who isn’t in a great mood on the last day of work before vacation? The food was fantastic, from the homemade pasta (spinach gnocchi, almond tortellini) to the roasted and crispy capretto (baby goat). I think we each received 6+ dishes, and we each received a different dish for every course (so because we shared, we each sampled 12+ different items). We would love to be fortunate enough to dine here again! It will be hard to choose another Philly restaurant over this one.

    by fluffnfold, 7/24/12

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