Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie Is Closing, Will Re-Open As A Normal Pizzeria Vetri

Marc Vetri‘s experiment in square pizzas–thick-crust, Roman-style pizza al taglio–lasted about six months. Opening in October in conjunction with the Urban Outfitters (who owns the brand now) at King of Prussia Mall, the KOP pizza shop offered quick-serve pies and a whole menu of the popular rotolo (plus salads and desserts), but people just never seemed to get excited about the place. A lot of them, actually, seemed just plain mystified as to why this suburban location was so much different than the other two Pizzeria Vetri locations–the ones with the regular old round pizzas.

Well, guess what? Pizzeria Vetri Square Pie is closed now. And it’s going to stay that way until the beginning of April when it will re-open under the non-square Pizzeria Vetri brand.

People are already pretty happy about that. Here’s what Vetri himself had to say.

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Philly’s Fanciest Italian Restaurant Kicks Off Weekly Lunch Service Next Month

Vetri/Facebook

Vetri/Facebook

Last year, Marc Vetri decided to open up the Vetri books to the city’s lunch clique. Initially, it was a three-month stint — a first for the then-18-year-old restaurant — and it would happen on the first Friday of each month for $85 a person. Of course, it sold out immediately.

So for the past nine months, he made lunch a monthly event, but, still, the people wanted more. So, starting next month, lunch at 1312 Spruce Street will become a weekly affair.

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Amis Is Getting A Second Location

Sal's meatballs at Amis | Photo via Amis

Sal’s meatballs at Amis | Photo via Amis

So word went out this morning that Marc Vetri, Brad Spence and their Urban Outfitters partners were planning a second location for Amis–the successful, Roman-style Italian restaurant on 13th Street that was part of the package of restaurants that Vetri sold to Urban in 2015.

Unfortunately, it’s gonna be a little bit of a drive if you want to check it out because they’re opening it in Westport, Connecticut.

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Iron Chef Throwback at Alla Spina

Photo by Michael Gruber

Alla Spina | Photo by Michael Gruber

Next Thursday, August 18th Alla Spina will be hosting an Iron Chef Throwback Thursday Party.

Marc Vetri, Brad Spence and Jeff Michaud will be recreating the recipes that landed them the Iron Chef win against Michael Symon in 2010. And don’t worry, the winning episode will be playing while they whip up their creations.

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Pizzeria Vetri Makes Some Changes

New pizzas, new logos.

New pizzas, new logos.

Things are changing at Pizzeria Vetri.

Most importantly, their new seasonal specials have appeared for the summer. At the Rittenhouse location you can score the new Mais e Funghi pizza a Neapolitan pie with a corn crema base topped with charred corn and maitake mushrooms tossed in sherry vinegar, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, then finished with fresh herbs.. And at the Fairmount location you will find the Pomodoro with baby heirloom tomatoes, burrata, and basil. Get them while they’re hot, both locations will release new specials when fall rolls around.

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New Restaurant Lets “Everyone At the Table” Build Community

EAT Cafe storefront

The future home of the EAT Cafe on Lancaster Avenue where Powelton Village and Mantua meet. Photos | Sandy Smith

Can a restaurant fight hunger and build community at the same time?

The answer to this question would seem obvious. A restaurant serves food, so of course it fights hunger. And it brings people in from outside to dine, often frequently, so it can become a community hub as well.

But throw in food insecurity, and broaden that community to include poor people struggling with that issue, and the answer becomes much less obvious. A typical restaurant isn’t set up to accommodate the truly hungry, nor can it handle those who may not be able to afford the cost of a meal.

The EAT Cafe on Lancaster Avenue, set to open this spring, isn’t a typical restaurant. Instead, it’s the first example in Philly of a model that tackles that other form of hunger-fighting and community-building, one that has popped up in more than 100 cities across the country.
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Marc Vetri Up Next in Pat’s Steaks Guest Chef Series

Marc Vetri with Frank Olivieri at Pat's Steaks

Marc Vetri with Frank Olivieri at Pat’s Steaks

Marc Vetri is next up for Pat’s Steaks Guest Chef Series. Vetri is preparing a ribeye steak with Di Bruno Bros’ mortadella, taleggio, cherry peppers, onions and Cheez Whiz on roll.

The steak will be available on Thursday, January 21st from 3 to 5 p.m. The steaks will cost $10 each and all sales will benefit the Vetri Community Partnership.

Frank Olivieri says, “I’m so honored to have Marc Vetri design a cheesesteak and cook with me to benefit his charity.” For Vetri, it is a pleasure to work with Olivieri. “Frank is always there for us. The sandwich I created is like an Italian Cubano sandwich. You have the mortadella and the steak and Tallegio, and the peppers and onions cut it beautifully. The combination of ingredients is really delicious.”

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