Ask a Philadelphia native what they do every time they visit home, and they just might dreamily gaze into the distance and without hesitation announce “Go to Vetri’s restaurants.”
Marc Vetri is something of a legend in this city, where he was born and learned to cook from his Sicilian grandmother. He built on his heritage by studying in Italy, where he learned creativity and techniques to develop his own brand of Italian food. Back in Philadelphia, he was quickly recognized as one of the Ten Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine. Within a few years, he’d earned the James Beard award.
Philadelphia visitors have several ways to experience Marc Vetri’s food. The intimate Vetri restaurant is in Center City (1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA), with few tables and gourmet dining. Osteria restaurant offers a larger, more casual experience just north of Center City (630 N. Broad Street).
The menu features a wide selection of pizza, pastas and meats. For a more traditional Italian experience Vetri offers Amis (412 S. 13th Street and Waverly), a small trattoria with food and atmosphere like those on the streets of Rome.
It’s not all about the dining experience, either – a portion of money from each restaurant goes to support the Vetri Foundation, a charity that helps kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living by providing nutritional school lunches.