A Thousand Dollar Dinner At Osteria?


The rivalry between New York and Philadelphia as food cities has persisted for more than 150 years. Back in 1851, a bunch of New York foodies, thinking to dazzle their provincial cousins, invited a prestigious group of our local eaters to Manhattan for a dinner at Delmonico’s–the best restaurant the city had to offer. They told Lorenzo Delmonico to “astonish our Quaker City friends with the sumptuousness of our feast,” and that they didn’t care what it cost.

Unsurprisingly, the dinner was impressive, the Philadelphians were duly impressed, and the New Yorkers thought they’d won what would become America’s first cooking contest.

Until the Philadelphians invited the New Yorkers to come to THEIR house.

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Caviar Now Delivering Vetri Family Restaurants


Vetri Family restaurants including Amis are now on Caviar.

Caviar, the restaurant delivery service that has been going gangbusters in Philadelphia announced today that they are now delivering food from Vetri Family restaurants including both Pizzeria Vetri locations, Amis, OsteriaLo Spiedo and Alla Spina. You can now get Amis’ pork chop parmesan or Alla Spina’s North Philly sausage cheesesteak when the furthest you can imagine traveling is to your front door.

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Best Pho, Ramen, Pasta and Other Noodles in Philly

Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin

Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin

So many noodles in so many forms. From Asian to Italian, from quick lunches, to luxurious dinners, here are the best noodle dishes in Philadelphia, culled from Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly issue.

Best Pho in Philadelphia

Pho Ha
Pho is super-abundant in Philly these days, but Pho Ha’s aromatic broths and oily chili paste lift it to the top ranks. 610 Washington Avenue, East Passyunk, 215-599-0264.
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Learn To Cook From Marc Vetri (And Friends)


Team Vetri just released their schedule of September cooking classes at Osteria and in the new upstairs room at Vetri. So if you’ve ever wanted to have Marc Vetri show you how to make pasta (or have him and his dad Sal teach you the secrets of a proper Sunday supper), you should probably get over to the ticketing site and make your reservations now.

And hey, Vetri isn’t the only one playing teacher in September. Jeff Michaud is doing classes on Pizza and Italian bar snacks. Brad Daniels is hand-rolling pasta. Adam Leonti is making risotto. Ian Brendle is coming in to do an end-of-summer dinner. Brad Spence is doing a class on “cucina casalinga” (housewife cuisine and Italian soul food, more or less). And on Tuesday, September 16, 10 lucky folks will get to be among the first to try the food from Lo Spiedo when chef Scott Calhoun crops by to do some menu testing. That one should be awesome.

September Cooking Classes at Vetri and Osteria [Official]

Del Posto’s Mark Ladner Coming To Osteria


It’s another Culinary Culture Swap dinner at Osteria, and this time around, the crew is hosting Mark Ladner of the Batali/Bastianich super-restaurant, Del Posto.

Together, Ladner, chef Jeff Michaud and the whole Osteria team will be putting out a 4-course tour of northern and southern Italy. The dinner starts at 6:30 on May 13. Reservations are $85 and can be secured by calling Osteria Philly at 215-763-0920.

Oh, and we just happen to have the menu, too…

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It’s another “Culinary Culture Swap” Dinner At Osteria

smillieBack in February, the Osteria team invited Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman–the team behind Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy in Memphis–into their kitchen for a dinner that they pitched as a “Culinary Culture Swap.” That one went pretty well, so now it looks like they’re doing it again.

On Wednesday night, Justin Smillie will be in the house at Osteria. He’s coming in from NYC, where he now runs the show at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria after years spent training with Jonathan Waxman. Together, he and the Osteria cooks will be putting out a special 4 course dinner for $85 (tax, tip and booze not included).

Il Buco specializes in house-cured meats and home-baked breads, so odds are good that some of those will show up on the board. And as for Osteria? Well, we already know what they do well. Seating is limited, but there are still a few tickets left. If you’re into getting a taste of the Big Apple without hopping on a train, you know what to do.

Justin Smillie dinner at Osteria [Get tickets here]

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