200 lb. mortadella to be served at Great Chefs Event afterparty

on Apr 18 2014 Posted in: Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

You read that headline right: a 200 lb. mortadella will be served up by chef Brad Spence at the Great Chefs Event afterparty on June 10 at Alla Spina. Foobooz has the story:

"It’s also the only way you’ll get to taste Brad Spence’s 200lb mortadella cooked inside a Victory Brewing fermenting cask.

Wait, what?

No, seriously. If you're the kind of person who really likes rubbing up against celebrity chefs, then cool. The Great Chefs afterparty is the place to be. But we're WAY more interested in the massive mortadella. The whole thing will be transported back to Alla Spina for the party where Spence will be carving it to order and serving it with mayo and hot pepper relish. Apparently, this kind of epic meat presentation has become something of an annual tradition at Great Chefs. But the fact that this year's mortadella was so big that it had to be transported off-site to be cooked in a fermenting cask is just all kinds of awesome."

Read the article here. Purchase Great Chefs Event and afterparty tickets here.

Tags: great chefs event, Alla Spina, foobooz, brad spence, mortadella

Osteria Moorestown now serving brunch

on Apr 18 2014 Posted in: Osteria, Press, 0 comments

NJ.com has the story:

"The menu will feature Osteria signature dishes, such as carbonara pizza, fettuccine with prosciutto and scrapple rotolo, with maple syrup, and poached eggs. Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis round out the weekend feast."

Read the article here.

Tags: pizza, osteria, brunch, rotolo

Newsworks on Pizzeria Vetri’s wholly unique pies

on Apr 18 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

Newsworks writes about "a stylistic Neapolitan from an uncommon oven" in visiting and sampling Pizzeria Vetri:

"Marc Vetri's latest foray into the approachable and hip has yielded a Fairmount destination in Pizzeria Vetri. As with many a project Vetri sinks his teeth into, it turns to gold the final product is remarkably inspired, perfectly executed, and overseen by his right-hand man, Chef Brad Spence.

Vetri's hybrid oven comes from a Texas-based company called Renato. It's brick on brick, wrapped in a layer of insulation and tiled over in white. Spence estimates its cost at about $30,000, and he was one of the few pizza slingers willing to talk tomatoes."

Read the article here.

Tags: pizza, marc vetri, brad spence, pizza making, pizzeria vetri

Questlove to return for Great Chefs Event after party

on Apr 14 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

Questlove, a modern Philadelphia music icon, will be returning to the Great Chefs Event afterparty to DJ for a second consecutive year.

The Roots' drummer will again be spinning during the post-GCE festivities at Alla Spina on June 10. Here's more from Eater:

"The Great Chefs Event (now in its ninth year) and the after party benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation. Organized by Marc Vetri, the event always features an all-star lineup of chefs from around the country: In addition to some local stars, this year's roster includes April Bloomfield, Jonathan Waxman, Suzanne Goin, Tom Colicchio, Jonathon Sawyer, Amanda Cohen, Andrew Carmellini, Jon Shook and many, many more names you definitely know."

Read the article here.

Tags: vetri foundation, great chefs event, Alex's lemonade stand, Alla Spina, questlove

Saisonale kicks off today at Alla Spina

on Apr 14 2014 Posted in: Alla Spina, Press, 0 comments

It's now officially, finally spring in Philadelphia, and that means Saisonale, a weeklong celebration of saisons, is back at Alla Spina.

Those bright, refreshing, sometimes fruity, sometimes spicy beers so heavily associated with spring will be featured all week. Eater has the scoop:

"For the entire week (through April 20), the bar will devote ten+ taps to a constantly updating array of stellar farmhouse ales. The week's roster includes Stillwater Cellar Door, Ommegang Glimmerglass, Saison Dupont, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, Lost Abbey Carnevale, and many more."

Check out the article here.

Tags: Alla Spina, eater.com, beer pub, beer, italian beer bar, saison

Amis’ Brad Spence nominated for James Beard Award

on Mar 19 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

For the second consecutive year, Amis chef and co-owner Brad Spence has been nominated for a James Beard award in the category of Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. It's an award that Marc Vetri won in 2005. Vetri himself was nominated this year in the Outstanding Chef category.

The James Beard Foundation award winners will be announced on May 5 in New York. You can see the complete list of nominees here.

Tags: james beard, marc vetri, james beard awards, amis, brad spence

Alla Spina Launches Sunday Suds And Grub

on Mar 15 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

A new family-style dinner event has begun every Sunday at Alla Spina. Dubbed Suds and Grub, these will be prix fixe three-course meals for $35 per person, with optional beer pairings ($9) or flights ($15). Via Uwishunu:

"Sunday suppers are a cherished tradition among many, including restaurant staffers, who often gather for a family-style feast at the end of the weekend. Happily, the Sunday supper tradition is alive and well at Alla Spina, James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Vetri’s Italian bar on North Broad Street. As of this month, diners can take advantage of a new family-style Sunday dinner dubbed 'Suds and Grub.'"

Read more about it here.

Tags: Alla Spina, beer pub, beer

Check out the lineup for the 2014 Great Chefs Event

on Mar 15 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

Philly.com has unveiled the lineup for the 2014 Great Chefs Event. It includes 40 chefs from around the United States and one from Italy:

"The fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children - set up by Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin and Jeff Michaud of the Vetri Family Foundation - again will take over the huge cafeteria and public space at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard with walk-around tastings.

More than 1,000 people are expected and expects to raise $1,000,000."

Head here to read more and see the full lineup.

Tags: vetri foundation, great chefs event, Alex's lemonade stand, philly.com, michael klein

Vetri to expand upward at 1312 Spruce Street

on Feb 26 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

Philly.com has the scoop:

"It's going up, taking over the apartment that for decades has benefited from the aromas that wafted up not only from Vetri but from such gems as Two Quails, Chanterelles and Ciboulette.

The opening, pegged for May, will also mean Sunday dinner at Vetri, something that the restaurant has not offered in its 15 years.

In addition to being able to host larger parties, Vetri, business partner Jeff Benjamin and chef Adam Leonti want to use the second-floor space as a private dining room with customized menus."

Read the article here.

Tags: vetri, marc vetri, philly.com, michael klein

GQ names Pizzeria Vetri one of the best new restaurants in America

on Feb 24 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

In a new feature for GQ, food critic Alan Richman listed the 25 best new restaurants in America. Pizzeria Vetri made the cut at #25:

"Chef Marc Vetri, famous for a fine-dining restaurant named after him, has created a neo-Neapolitan crust. It looks Neapolitan. It tastes Neapolitan. But it’s fundamentally different, as though he did DNA research on pizza and eliminated the gene that turns the crust wet. It’s the newest step forward in the evolution of the great American pizza crust, this one light and supple but retaining a smidgeon of crispness."

Read the article here.

Tags: pizza, GQ, pizzeria vetri

Three bells for Osteria Moorestown from Craig LaBan

on Feb 17 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan treked across the Delaware River to check out the new Osteria at Moorestown Mall, and mostly liked what he experienced. From his review:

"The Osteria concept is also flexible enough to suit a variety of occasions and budgets. Casual meal before a movie at the mall's newly rehabbed cinema? Share a thin-crusted pizza for less than $20 (the Margherita, prosciutto-topped Parma, or zucca with squash and golden raisins are my current favorites), followed by Osteria's vegetable antipasti platter (the best turnip and beet advertisement ever)."

Read the full review here.

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Sausage Fest, January 29 at Amis

on Jan 29 2014 Posted in: Vetri, Osteria, Alla Spina, Amis, Press, 0 comments

The festivities will include a Yards tap takeover and as previously mentioned, a sausage eating contest. Zagat notes:

"Forget the crude cretins of Wing Bowl and get ready for an eating contest with real food pros. On Wednesday, January 29, Amis is holding an evening-long sausage fest. This bit of Restaurant Week counter-programming offers guests the chance to score three sausage-full courses for $19.99 per person, with $5 Yards beers available all night.

If you want entertainment along with your tasty meat, plan to be in the house at the 13th Street restaurant around 9:30 or 10 PM, when Spence and co. are hosting a covey of chefs for a sausage eating contest. Confirmed participants include Jennifer Carroll, Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga, The Fat Ham), Scott Schroeder (American Sardine Bar, South Philadelphia Tap Room), Jason Cichonski (Ela, The Gaslight), Brad Daniels (Osteria) and Lê of Hop Sing Laundromat."

Read the full article here.

Tags: zagat, amis, brad spence