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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.
FOOD
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
November 16, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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.
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April 1, 2016
The notion of a pizza topped with Mexican ingredients is not new to Philadelphia, where pizzerias like Rosario's on Wharton Street have been topping pies with everything from chicken tinga to mole for several years. But few cooks are quite as well-prepared to deliver Mex-Italian fusion as Justino Jimenez, the Puebla-born chef who cooked for several years at Vetri, Osteria, and Amis. When Jimenez sold his Oregon Avenue taqueria in September and moved uptown to buy Logan Square Pizza (now Pizza & Cocina)
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November 20, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Seasonal eats in Point Breeze Point Breeze, a slice of South Philadelphia that is seeing all sorts of new developments, is now the home of a neo-bistro. A neo-what? Neo-bistros, a thing now in Paris, are gastropubs specializing in seasonal foods. Buckminster's (1200 S. 21st St., 267-928-3440), replacing the shot-and-beer Burg's at 21st and Federal Streets is a snug, casual spot from Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello, who own Cafe Lift, Prohibition Taphouse, Bufad, and Kensington Quarters.
FOOD
November 20, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Food Critic
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: We have a special guest from America's newest future pizza chain: Jeff Benjamin of the Vetri restaurant group (soon to be an Urban Outfitters subsidiary). Why did this happen, Jeff? It's one thing to partner with a big player to franchise the pizzerias, another thing to sell the whole company. Jeff Benjamin: There are many reasons. First and foremost, we have the desire to grow. It's not a secret that the pizzeria is certainly a growth vehicle, but we believe that a few of our other restaurants may be able to be expanded, as well.
NEWS
November 16, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
November 6, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Nov. 3, 2015:   Craig LaBan: In what might come as a shocker to many, the Vetri group announced last week it is closing its Osteria location in the Moorestown Mall, citing other expansion projects on its table with Pizzeria Vetri and Amis (a branch of which is coming to a new development in Devon). The closure, no doubt, comes as a bit of a blow to those who'd hoped the future of mall dining was getting more ambitious.
NEWS
September 21, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Technically, gambling is not a sin. That's fortunate, since restaurants across the Francis Festival Grounds - the 4.7-square-mile, car-free security zone heretofore known as downtown Philadelphia - are placing wagers on Pope Francis' visit Saturday and Sunday. Some are doubling down: placing advance food orders, buying extra refrigeration units, rolling out cots for workers, expanding their hours, building beer gardens, and running promotions. Others are shutting down altogether.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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