February 7, 2013
Here is an excerpt of Craig LaBan's online chat from Feb. 5: Craig LaBan: Chef Marc Vetri, one of the most influential culinary figures in Philadelphia, with his namesake original, plus Osteria, Amis, and Alla Spina, is joining us for the chat. We're looking to see what's next: Vetri's vision for a suburban outpost of Osteria this fall at the Moorestown Mall. Today I'm snacking on tortellini pie - one of the latest creations between you and your Vetri chef, the talented Adam Leonti.
August 3, 2007 |
EVER SINCE Food and Wine magazine named Marc Vetri one of the country's best new chefs in 1999, Philadelphia foodies have treated him as if he were captain of the high school football team - a local hero who can do no wrong, destined to bring the national spotlight to our community. I have to admit that I was one of the cheerleader wannabees in the booster club. I never left Vetri, a small, 35-seat restaurant on Spruce Street, thinking, "Wow, I just spent over a month's worth of groceries on one meal!"
May 5, 2011 |
Giuseppina Carrara is what they refer to in Italy as a buongustaio - literally a "good taster. " "She loves to eat," says chef Jeff Michaud, speaking of his Italian mother-in-law, whose home cooking inspires many of his dishes at Osteria. "She's not into the dainty. When I put the francobolli on the table [at Osteria], she says, 'Come on Jeffrey. I want a plate of pasta, so give me a plate of pasta,' " says Michaud, chef partner at Osteria. Michaud, 33, met Carrara in 2004 about a month after he started dating her daughter Claudia, a bella donna with big brown eyes who walked into the restaurant where he was cooking in Bergamo, Italy.
May 8, 2008 |
When the word went out that Osteria's estimable chef Jeff Michaud was hosting a pizza workshop in the demonstration kitchen at Foster's Homeware in Old City, I could feel a mischievous glint rising in my eye. I'd always wondered how he pulled it off; made those smoky, crackling-crusted pizzas so thin, so perfect, some so plain (with uncooked tomato sauce and basil), some so refined (with arugula, fontina cheese, and prosciutto di Parma, or sunny egg, or green and white asparagus.
April 18, 2010 |
From a quick glance at the flour-dusted baby face that sidled up to our table at Zavino to check on our meal, I'd never have guessed that chef-owner Steven Gonzalez was even remotely near 30 years old. But take a closer look at the angry welts that stripe his forearms - they're hard to miss as he wields a pizza cutter and dusts pinches of cheese atop finished pies in front of the furnace glow of his hot brick oven ? and it's clear Gonzalez is a tested veteran of Philly's rapidly rising pizza wars.
February 16, 2014 |
Marc Vetri has heard the jokes about battling for pizza dollars with Sbarro, his neighbor at the Moorestown Mall. He's heard the wisecracks about needing to accessorize with blinking pagers - and a Cheesecake Factory line's worth of waiting diners - if his new Osteria is to amount to anything in chain-crazy South Jersey. But Vetri, as much a master contrarian as he is a maestro of ethereal "Francobolli" ravioli and spit-roasted suckling pig, is ready to prove his doubters wrong. Again.
November 16, 2015 |
Two years ago, it seemed that swordfish in grilled figs, rib-eye fiorentino, rabbit casalinga, and apricot tart with tarragon gelato might rescue the struggling Moorestown Mall. Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri had agreed to open one of his acclaimed Italian restaurants, Osteria, in a yet-to-be created corridor of posh shops and restaurants within the mall called Boutique Row. "Be brave," the mall's owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), had urged Vetri and his business partner, Jeff Benjamin, the previous year.
July 28, 2011
Chef Luke Palladino is as much a consumer of food as he is a distributor of it. So where does he go when a restaurant meal is in order? A few of his favorite places: Italian: Osteria and Vetri, in Philadelphia. Asian: Sampan, in Philadelphia; Imperial Inn, in Atlantic City. Seafood: Dock's Oyster House, in Atlantic City. Cheesesteak: Sack o' Subs, various Shore locations, including Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.
November 25, 2013
A story Friday about the opening of the restaurant Osteria at Moorestown Mall erroneously attributed the remarks of two patrons who disapproved of the music and spare decor to Lynne and Erin Murphy of Mount Laurel. The Murphys, mother and daughter, had said they liked the decor and music and described the dinner as a "great experience. " The diners who voiced the criticism did not give their names.
November 23, 2013 |
Moorestown's long prohibition against the sale of alcohol came to an end this week, and crowds are celebrating at Moorestown Mall with wine, cocktails, pheasant lasagna, wild boar Bolognese, fire-grilled octopus pizza, and monkfish osso buco. "We knew it was coming," said Bonnie Bornstein of Lumberton. She meant more than the right to sip martinis or Barolo in a Moorestown restaurant for the first time in 98 years. Bornstein was speaking of where she was sitting with her husband, Arnie: at Osteria, the celebrated restaurant created by Philadelphia chef and restaurant impresario Marc Vetri.