Nancy began her career when, as a teenager she got her first job and fell in love with the industry. A native Philadelphian, she has held serving and management positions in several of the city’s best loved and critically acclaimed restaurants over two decades. She joined the Vetri Family as the first server hired prior to opening at Osteria. She hoped to earn a Sommelier position as she’d studied and taught wine classes for years but her inclination to train and excite staff took her path in a slightly different direction.
Nancy’s rise in the organization came quickly, captivated by the passion that Chefs Marc Vetri and Jeff Michaud, and partner Jeff Benjamin have for food, wine and service she realized she had found a home with the Vetrifamily. Within weeks her enthusiasm for Osteria became obvious and she was offered a manager position. Guided by Jeff Benjamin, she took over as General Manager eventually training the General Managers for the entire organization. She is now responsible for translating that passion throughout the company. She truly lives the industry as she is also married to local chef /restaurateur Rich Benussi!
“It’s the best of both worlds for me; I can be involved in all aspects of the business and work with incredibly talented professionals on a daily basis. During service, I have the opportunity to interact with guests who really appreciate what we do. I get to hear from so many it was the best meal and experience they have ever had. I love being a part of that.”
Nancy’s commitment to the family extends to our charitable arm, the Vetri Foundation for Children. She works tirelessly every year to hire and train over 200 volunteers to produce the Great Chefs Event.