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Are there any "must haves" at Vetri?

PhillyBestBYOB Jul 30, 2013 06:17 PM

I'm sure the menu changes, but are there any "must haves" or "signature" dishes on the menu that you'd recommend we order for a first-time visit? I gather it's a tasting menu but you can still pick and choose to some extent?


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  1. PhillyBestBYOB RE: PhillyBestBYOB Jul 30, 2013 06:35 PM

    Also, how do they do wine pairings?

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      Philly Ray RE: PhillyBestBYOB Jul 30, 2013 06:35 PM

      Looking at the current menu, I can say that these items were on the menu the first time I went there in 2002. I have had all of them at one point or another, and they are the stalwarts.

      Sweet onion crepe
      Spinach gnocchi (probably the signature pasta dish)
      Almond tortellini
      Roasted capretto
      Chocolate polenta souffle

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        Bigley9 RE: PhillyBestBYOB Jul 31, 2013 10:28 AM

        If something really looks good to you, you can request it (or if something doesn't appeal to you, let them know). Wine pairings are by the course (sometimes two courses) and are usually very good - if you and your dining companion(s) get diferent items for a course you'll get different wines.

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          PhillyBestBYOB RE: Bigley9 Aug 1, 2013 05:49 AM


          Loved the sweet onion crepe, spinach gnocchi, and almond tortelini, but I wasn't a fan of the capretto (too rich). We got different dishes and wines for each course, so we traded plates and glasses after eating half, which worked really well to try a lot of different things.

          There was also a lot of wine (1/2 glass pours for each course as part of the $90 pairing), in fact too much if you are driving, so I left a lot on the table. But the wine pairings were excellent.

          I also think the pacing could have been a bit slower...2 hours for a meal like that seems on the quick side to me (especially with that much wine!).

          But a very fine meal and great service.

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            Bigley9 RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 1, 2013 10:21 AM

            glad you enjoyed! Let me know next time you are going and I'll be happy to finish your wine! (I take a cab)

        2. PhillyBestBYOB RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 1, 2013 05:00 PM

          Happy birthday to me!

          We enjoyed (see photos):

          ~Stuzzichini (appetizers) with Prosecco (pastrami-spiced foie gras on toast was killer!)

          ~Vegetables with basalmic crema

          ~New Jersey tomato and corn tortino

          ~Piedmontese carpaccio with figs

          ~Sweet onion crepe with truffle fondue (Vetri classic)

          ~Four Story Hill duck stuffed with chorizo

          ~Spinach gnocchi with brown butter (Vetri classic)

          ~Almond tortellini with truffle sauce

          ~Agnolotto with pistachio vellutate

          ~Lorighittas with Frutti di Mare

          ~Culirgones with corn and chevrot

          ~Roasted lamb with Nebrodini and Moliterno

          ~Capretto with stone-milled polenta (Vetri classic)

          ~Pre-dessert of blackberry and sorbet

          ~Pre-dessert macaroons, etc

          ~Cheese course, including Époisses de Bourgogne & amazing an sweet green pepper marmalade

          ~Birthday cake

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            PhillyBestBYOB RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 1, 2013 05:07 PM

            A few more photos:

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              PhillyBestBYOB RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 1, 2013 05:15 PM

              And a few more:

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                PhillyBestBYOB RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 1, 2013 05:19 PM

                What the heck, let's go all out:

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                  PhillyBestBYOB RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 1, 2013 05:20 PM

                  Finishing up:

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                    Bacchus101 RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 2, 2013 07:14 AM

                    Thanks for the comprehensive review of your dinner and the photos, quite informative and enjoyable. Do you think they would allow me to split this into 3 dinners for the same price?

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              obx_nancy RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 2, 2013 07:09 AM

              If you don't mind sharing, what was your final price per person? Do you feel that you got a value for your money? I'm considering Vetri for my anniversary but I read a review on Yelp that someone spent $700 for two people! I want to know what I'm getting into before I make a reservation! BTW - your pictures are great! Happy b-day!

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                Buckethead RE: obx_nancy Aug 2, 2013 07:18 AM

                The tasting menu is now the only menu option at Vetri, it's $155 per person, so you're looking at a minimum of about $400 including tax and 20% tip, with no wine. The least expensive wine pairings are $90pp, so that would get you up to around $650. If I were you, I'd go somewhere else, my most recent visit to Vetri left me feeling ripped off, with food not as good as Osteria's, amateur service, and as PhillyBestBYOB mentioned, a rushed pace.

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                  PhillyBestBYOB RE: Buckethead Aug 2, 2013 01:52 PM

                  LOL, I hated Osteria and loved Vetri!

                  It was $583/2pp counting wine and tax, but not including tip. OUCH...but then again I wasn't paying for it!

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                    barryg RE: PhillyBestBYOB Aug 2, 2013 02:02 PM

                    I also don't love Osteria and very much enjoyed Vetri. I agree that the pace was a little too fast, but otherwise everything was perfect. I did the beer pairing and it was fantastic. The beer pairing was a little cheaper than the wine, $75 or so.

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                    Delucacheesemonger RE: Buckethead Aug 3, 2013 12:20 AM

                    As stated in another of our your side, my side,posts, l also do not like Osteria, but really do like Vetri, seems to be way too much food now.
                    May sound silly but if you want a Vetri type from his beginnings, at vastly lower cost and BYOB go over the bridge to Zeppoli.

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                      Bacchus101 RE: Buckethead Aug 3, 2013 09:50 AM

                      I am another who finds Osteria way overrated with an attitude. Unfortunately a recent visit to Amis was even worse than my last Osteria experience. "A miss at Amis" review. I note all the great review on Vertri and as I have not been there and will most likely never go I listen and remain mute. My speculation is that I would enjoy most items there but as noted by others feel both rushed and ripped off. For me value is equal with good food and service.

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