Some Actual World Famous Chefs Are Coming to Cook for You at Vetri

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Vetri, the flagship restaurant in Marc Vetri’s empire – and the only one still under his ownership after most of Vetri Family’s concepts were sold to Urban Outfitters in 2015 — turns 20 next year. On September 22, 2018, to be exact.

And to celebrate two decades in business, Vetri is bringing in a slate of A-list chefs hailing from Montreal to Modena to San Fransisco for a series of exclusive, intimate dinners starting in November.

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Katz’s Pastrami Pops Up at Amis in July

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Craving some top-notch cured meats? You’re in luck: The pastrami from New York’s world-renowned Katz’s Delicatessen is spending a week on the menu at Amis starting on July 17th.

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This Is What Marc Vetri Is Thinking When He Sees You in Line at Olive Garden

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. To read the previous Behind the Line, featuring the amusingly forthright Modo Mio chef Peter McAndrews, click here.

There aren’t too many chefs who can stroll into Alain Ducasse’s three-Michelin-starred Louis XV in Monte Carlo, sit at a table in the kitchen, and dine compliments of M. Ducasse. Such is the case with Marc Vetri, who brings his friends Jose Garces and Michael Solomonov to the Navy Yard tonight for Great Chefs, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade.

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Hang With Marc Vetri and Taste Experimental Pizzas

Pizzeria Vetri

Pizzeria Vetri

First, he taught us how to master pasta in our own kitchens. Now, Marc Vetri is taking on a new challenge — teaching home cooks to make Pizzeria Vetri-worthy pies at home — with his Mastering Pizza cookbook, due out in 2018.

But right now, Vetri is working on research and development for the book: visiting Italy to seek out new inspiration and techniques, testing recipes, and seeing what eaters think. Following an impromptu R&D session at Washington, D.C.’s Pizzeria Vetri last month, he’ll be hanging out, sharing stories, and making pies at his eponymous pizza chain’s Art Museum location here in Philly on May 10th.

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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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