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1312 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
#2 on the 2009 Philly Mag 50
#7 on the 2008 Philly Mag 50
Marc Vetri has moved many of his classic dishes into a permanent “hall of fame” category, leaving room on the menu for new chef Brad Spence to make his mark on the miniature kitchen. Spence’s sensibilities are not, of course, far from Vetri’s, and you can still expect elegant pastas and deeply flavored meats as well as an unexpectedly affordable, mostly Italian wine list.
Best of the Gayborhood 2010: Special Occasion Date
Fine Italian dining with an intimate, ain't-no-big-thing vibe is what makes Vetri the toughest weekend reservation in town. That, and...
Best of Philly 2009: Italian restaurant, upscale
In 1998, Marc Vetri opened the doors to his comfortable, elegant dining room on Spruce Street and changed the Philadelphia food scene...
Best of Philly 2005 Italian Restaurant
Marc Vetri's muse continues to burn brightly. On our most recent visit, we settled in for one of the tasting menus ($90 for six cours...
Best of Philly 2004 Place to Propose
It's so small and intimate, you'd think that popping the question would be a group event, with the other 33 diners raising their glas...
Best of Philly 2003 Upscale Italian Restaurant
To see Marc Vetri standing at his antique meat slicer, cutting delicate strips of prosciutto for antipasto, is to see a chef in love....
Best of Philly 2002 Luxe Italian
At Marc Vetri's eponymous jewel box, he delivers clean, pure flavors with a compelling mix of the traditional (warm salad of wilted g...
Best of Philly 2001 Italian
Mark Vetri's restaurant in the feng shui ground-zero townhouse formerly occupied by Le Bec-Fin and Chanterelle is our finest cucina. ...
Best of Philly 1999 Dessert
The chocolate polenta souffle at Vetri is intensely flavored but light enough to fool you into thinking there can't be many calories ...
User Reviews (4) :
There is a part of me that wishes I never visited Vetri. Not for any other reason, as I would have to lie to find one, but for shaming every other dining experience with its unparalleled excellence. Having visited most upscale restaurants in center city, I can say that I have never been so blown away by food, so incapable to speak, so dumbfounded by something familiar like pasta, taken to a degree of flavor I can't describe. The service lived up to the dishes seemingly effortlessly, though I'm sure a great deal of training went into it. The atmosphere and decor was spot on. Every single element of the experience was well thought out and perfectly executed.
I will be hard-pressed to find anything resembling this level of dining.
Posted by Evi: Nov. November 29th, 2011 at 5:07 PM
For our anniversary I called 2 months ahead, and then a month ahead and again 2 hours before we arrived. From the start, they said they would give us a great table they save for special occasions.
When we arrived they said they HAD to give the table to a "regular". Strike 1. So I tried to remain calm. But then the waiter all but ignored us because we didn't choose dinner fast enough for him. Strike 2. I had to finally get up and (firmly ask) for another waiter who seemed interested in serving us. Strike 3. The food was great but I wouldn't go back if you paid me. It's a shame.
Posted by Gary: Feb. February 16th, 2010 at 3:09 PM
Vetri is arguably one of the best restaurants in the country. The food and atmosphere are fabulous. We make it a habit to go there every time we visit Philadelphia.
Posted by lAURA: Feb. February 7th, 2010 at 9:40 PM
We waited a month for a special occasion and picked Vetri, needless to say it was not that good. The portions were small and overpriced. The service was adequate at best. I heard so much about this place and I was really surprised with the limited menu and the lousy beer selection.
Posted by Kevin: Aug. August 16th, 2008 at 9:29 AM