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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2007 | By LARI ROBLING For the Daily News
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!"
FOOD
May 5, 2011 | By Ashley Primis, For The Inquirer
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.
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May 8, 2008 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2010 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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.
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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.
NEWS
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.  
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
June 28, 2007 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
A little past noon a week ago yesterday, Dana Cowin, the birdlike editor of Food & Wine magazine, balanced herself uncertainly atop a chair at Osteria, the northern Italian darling on North Broad. She had some words to eat, she announced: Philadelphia was really not the "boring" food town she'd once thought and, in fact, had once proclaimed at a food conference. She'd actually come down and visited from New York since then. Actually, had a few cocktails, checked out Capogiro's artisan gelato (pictured here)
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June 4, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chef Marc Vetri stationed Max Kane, 12, and his brother Grant, 9, in front of a cutting board and prepared to impart some culinary wisdom. "Here's what I want you to do," the chef behind the acclaimed restaurants Vetri and Osteria began somberly. "Don't cut yourself. " In between chugging olive oil and cracking wise, he imparted knife skills, food-preparation techniques, and a killer panzanella recipe to a crowd that included restaurant workers with limited English, kids finding their way around the kitchen for the first time, and parents and grandparents navigating their families' nutritional needs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
EAGLE-EYED celeb spotters may have noticed the former star of "The Hills" Audrina Patridge bouncing around town this weekend, as she shot scenes for a Philly episode of "1st Look," a travel series that airs in select NBC markets (like ours) in the post-"Saturday Night Live" time slot. Patridge had been to Philly only once before for a World Series game with billionaire Phillies silent owner John Middleton , but this was her first chance to really explore, hitting up Montreal bagel spot Spread Bagelry (262 S. 20th St.)
NEWS
February 16, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
September 20, 2013 | By Rick Nichols, For The Inquirer
Jeff Michaud was at full throttle, flinging flour on the Neapolitan doughs, stretching them, saucing them. He banged them out, pie after pie after pie (Sicilian tuna! Bufala mozzarella-and-prosciutto crudo! Eggplant-burrata!), chanting to the wide-eyed staff: "This one is the Sicilian . . . !" " This one is the . . . !" And things were not running - not yet - what you'd call smoothly. It was less than a week before pocket-size Pizzeria Vetri opened in a stretch of glassy new storefronts at 19th and Callowhill.
FOOD
April 11, 2013 | By Rick Nichols, Special to The Inquirer
The Saint James in Ardmore was playing outside its original suburban comfort-food zone one recent night, evidence that owner Michael Schulson (who also owns Sampan, at 13th and Sansom Streets) has been logging more hours at the stove. Dollops of bigeye tuna tartare on warm rice crackers emerged. And slivers of glistening Berkshire pork belly with schmears of root-beer barbecue sauce. But it was the overhauled pasta dishes that hinted at a new day, one in particular - an exquisite baby fava bean and ricotta ravioli, redolent of fresh mint, the pasta rolled elegantly thin and tender, and bathed in butter and parmesan.
FOOD
February 15, 2013
        The chef merry-go-round keeps spinning. Le Bec Fin shed its executive chef, Walter Abrams, and his fiancee, pastry chef Jennifer Smith, after only seven months. This results in a new kitchen, helmed by their deputies - Steven Eckerd, an Osteria veteran, as executive chef, and Abigail Dahan, previously a sous chef at Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas, as pastry chef. But management, brushing off suggestions that financial concerns inspired the changes, says Abrams and Smith are consulting with it on new, unspecified projects.
FOOD
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.
FOOD
January 31, 2013 | Craig LaBan
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat on Jan. 29: Craig LaBan: I'm loving the recent spate of onigiri rice balls I've come across, like the one pictured, mixed with char siu pork at Terakawa Ramen, or the one blended with salmon that I ate at Yanako in Manayunk. I'm pulling for it to be the follow-up to the bao/ramen trend.   Reader: Craig, glad you enjoyed Khmer Kitchen, although I certainly kicked myself for opening my trap when we had to wait over an hour for a table at 5:45 two Saturdays ago. Any sense of how these smaller restaurants convert a post-review bump into the long term?
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