Vetri Cucina

4.9
2014 reviews
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A rustic eleven table dining room located in Center City Philadelphia, Vetri Cucina specializes in authentic Northern Italian dining featuring homemade pasta. Vetri Cucina serves each guest a multi-course tasting menu as the sole dining offering.
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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’m really glad that I got to go. We had a really nice evening. It was fun and I loved the wine pairings. I wish it could have been a little bit more interactive. Our waiter definitely knows his stuff but it seemed more scripted and there were less chances for questions about the wine and food, you almost didn’t want to interrupt. It would have been good to know there are two price points for the wine pairings. The larger at $135 and the smaller at $75. For my friend who wanted to try the pairing but is not a big drinker it would have been helpful to have been made aware of that in advance. Otherwise, everything was just right.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic meal. Speechless.

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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vetri is where you go to shock your flavor buds with a concentrated flavors! The many courses offered are brought out in a well orchestrated dance so to speak. They watch your rhythm and bring things out fresh and amazingly well done. My husband tried the wine pairing and was very happy. Everything was well balanced and had a synergistic effect with the food. The bill at the end of the night was making us realize we probably won’t be back for a long long time 😬

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RT
Tampa
75 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We read about this restaurant in a magazine of the top 100 restaurants in USA. We were heading to Philly for the weekend and we booked two Philly restaurants that made the list. Vetri Cucina was absolutely outstanding. Perhaps the best restaurant experience we have ever had including great restaurants in Europe, NYC, SFO, Chicago, NOLA, etc. First, the location inside an old Philly row house was intimate with perhaps 10-12 tables. Second, the concept of a tasting menu on steroids was something to appreciate and savor. Third, the service was top notch in all respects. Finally, the food quality was over the top.

About the food, the sampling of multiple small starters, 4-5 incredible pastas, a few tapas sized entrees, multiple exquisite desserts, paired with 6-8 wines of many varieties that seem tailor made for the accompanying food and, finally, some of the best bread I've ever had. It is a lot of food in total so you have to pace yourself. But our 3.5 hour experience was truly sensational. Thanks Vetri Cucina!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently celebrated my husbands birthday at Vetri with friends. The experience was just perfect. Fresh, innovative tasting menu had even non-fish eaters enjoying raw scallops. Impeccable service with friendly, well-informed staff. Favorite dishes too numerous to mention-sweet onion crepe, chard gnocchi, branzino, lamb with porrata and chocolate polenta soufflé were stand-outs. Everything delicious. Perfect for a special occasion and worth the expense, especially for the foodie-inclined.

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RD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5th year in a row going to Vetri's for my wife's birthday. Most creative and authentic italian food my wife and I have had anywhere coming from two italian families. The menu always has such a variety of pastas, meats, and seafood with artisan bread that is always out of this world. The service is amazing with staff that is very knowledgable and happy to please. Ambiance is also classic with sicilan blown glass that will catch your attention while dining. Me and my wife always say we have our favorite restaurants and then there's Vetri's. An experience I tell many that is necessary.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an incredible dining experience

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I’m glad I went, and thought the food, wine, and service to be outstanding, it did seem a bit pricey for what it was. Glad to have been...once.

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JB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and even better service!

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UM
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Last night my wife and I treated my cousin and her husband to dinner at Vetri. The ambience was not old world elegant with wait staff stiffly standing by to dab sauce from my lips. Rather, they were engaged, friendly , knowledgeable and helpful. Kyle knew his wines, at least those that were selected as a pairing for our meal. We felt unhurried and we, including my cousins, commented that it felt as close to some Old World Italian restaurants in which we have dined in La Marche, Campania and Milano where you are made to feel that that table belongs to you.
Now regarding the food. We began with a spritzer and some chef chosen slices of heaven. Delicious. For our Antipasti we chose the onion crepe, carpaccio and the crescenza. The carpaccio was a warm one, and while I have had it that way before, my wife and I prefer this cold. The crepe was superb, I have no way to improve it. The cresenza was delightful. You get to choose two but we sampled... remember we’re family. In addition the chef surprised us with an extra, the tortellini pie, which was nice. It was a bit dry and might have benefitted from a tiny bit more gravy, what you’d call a ragu. But, it was tasty.
For our second course we chose the spaghetti Alla chitarra, a pasta cut by guitar strings (which they did), the almond tortellini and the trofie. I felt tears well up in my eyes as I thought of my mother and grandmother, so long gone. Listen I’m Italian, food is an emotional experience! You got a problem with that? As a bonus,the chef sent to us the Swiss chard gnocchi. I had trepidation, particularly when Kyle prounced it “knockies”. And Swiss chard? It was amazing. Gnocchi need to be light, delicate, almost able to float off the plate. These were. Damn good. Finally three of us had the bronzino. Buttery, and wonderful, a delight. My wife had the lamb and said that it was good. This restaurant is not inexpensive but for special occasions, or those who can afford it more often,why not feel special!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time spending New Years at Vetri and we hope to do so next year, as well. We have been going to Vetri for years and always have a wonderful and unique experience.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Vetri this year and words can not describe how perfect our meal and service were that night. Every aspect of the evening was amazing, perfect, and the service given was above and beyond what one would expect at a restaurant. We highly recommend this wonderful establishment to any one thinking about dining at Vetri and we will also be returning again very soon.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vetri was amazing — food and experience! The food was delicious, but be sure to bring a big appetite. I loved that it was prix fixe but that everyone’s meal was different and adapted to your likes and dislikes. We will definitely be dining here again soon!

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BC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pricey but worth every penny if for a special occasion like an anniversary dinner. Do the wine pairing, it is worth it. I'm not even big on wine but having select items for each dish made the whole thing special.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our date at Verti. The food was absolutely amazing and truly fit to what my partner and I would have ordered. The staff/service - friendly, knew their food for sure.

My favorites - sweet onion crepe, swiss chard gnocchi (soft like a pillow!), the goat with polenta and grapefruit sorbet and the intro spritz drink - all so very tasty! My partner loved everything including the three types of bread we got and appetizers (the reduced balsamic dip was outstanding). I wish I could go back into the kitchen and see how it is all made. We walked away with a selection of petit fours - ate it for breakfast.

We will most definitely be back to try the rest.

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special date restaurant - important birthday, anniversary, celebrations, etc. If you love fine food, perfectly fresh, meticulously prepared: the best of the best, then Vetri Cucina is for you. 6+ courses, 3+ hours of fine eating, with a long wine list, available wine parings, full bar, welcome drink... it is an indulgence you will not soon forget. Sample the many breads, but save your appetite for the rest of the wonderful food. You will be pampered. It's worth it!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Philly! Bill was our server and he was super attentive and knowledgeable. This is a great date night and special occasion destination. The entire experience was memorable.

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LR
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to Vetri Cucina several times a year because the food is so outstanding, especially given that my wife has some dietary issues. Vetri's team works with us each visit and makes sure that she has an equally exceptional meal that is designed around her food restrictions. Very imaginative food, expertly prepared and served by the fabulous staff. If you haven't been, go. If you've gone, go back because there isn't a better restaurant on the East Coast. Lunch is a great option - a bit less food and a much lower cost than dinner.

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DJ
Philadelphia
385 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top dining experience in the city (or any other city, for that matter). Lunch prix fixe menu offers selections of long-standing signature dishes and a consistent infusion of new creations. The wine pairing option and the exceptional service bring everything together.

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RL
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my brother in laws 60th. Was well worth the wait!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Went to dinner with my family that was visiting from out of town. I felt for the price the food and experience was overrated. I was excited to try the restaurant, and for my first experience I was highly disappointed. The food was good, but for the price there are better restaurants in Philly.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were told they would prepare a menu that appealed to everyone at the tables. Our preferences were ignored; the meal was not great and was super expensive. No one was happy with the quality or the selection.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very attentive staff. Very willing to work with dietary restrictions. A little overpriced. Atmosphere is nothing special.

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1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely beautiful meal with great hospitality. They made sure from start to finish that the meal felt personalized and special. Would highly recommend for a one of a kind dining experience.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with wine pairing was outstanding. Pistachio pesto - omg. Pasta courses were the faves but pork lamb and duck courses were also interesting and excellent. Service could not have been better. Catered to food preferences of two different peeps in our party with ease. We enjoyed every minute. Worth every penny. A lovely evening. Only thing we would have changed was our table location which was very close to door and delivered a blast of cool air with every arrival / exit. Wasn’t too cold when we went but in Jan. or Feb. that would have been an issue.

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AH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at Vetri was perfect in every way. Spectacular service, very nice food choices, and each and every bite was sensational. They started us off with some complimentary Prosecco. The bottle of Italian red wine we ordered was perfect with our food options. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will go back again for a special food experience. We also got to talk to Mark Vetri and he was so modest and delightful.

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BP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing lunch with wine pairings. A truly special way to kick off the holiday weekend!

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JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vetri Cucina is a special place for my wife and I for two reasons. We go to kick off the holiday season as a gift to ourselves and allow the staff to take care of the menu decisions. Special thanks this year go to Tara for making the experience for Alicia and I memorable.

*Leave your phone in the car and enjoy the experience.

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Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. The food was amazing. Wine may have been a tad overpriced but paired well with each dish. Would highly recommend this place.

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GT
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food and wine pairings were absolutely fantastic. The bill was large, but worth every penny.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dictionary should describe pasta al dente next to Marc Vetri. The meal was lovely and delicate. I wish I lived in Philadelphia and had the opportunity to visit Vetri’s restaurants more often. For now, I look forward to my next visit

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb at every level.

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SC
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Undoubtedly the best dining experience, from start to finish, I've ever had in my entire life. The courteous staff, the attention and care of the chef(s) and sommelier, the cuisine, the ambience. you name it, it's worth every penny and hour you spend here.

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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've ever had. Incredible service, ambiance was wonderful and tables were comfortable. Food was out of this world, 4 course tasting lunch menu plus bread/apps were, without a doubt, the best food I've had in a Philadelphia restaurant to date. Price is high, but for a once or twice a year place to celebrate a milestone event, it's hard to find a better place.

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s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Best restaurant in philly.

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CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow just wow

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was wonderful. We drove from CT just to dine here (special occasion). Service is warm, friendly and knowledgeable. The food was outstanding to eat and beautiful to look at. Loved everything about the evening! Can’t wait to go back!

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EC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have limited choices because of food allergy but the chef and staff served truly excellent dishes to our delight. Service was very impeccable. Our thanks to the chef and staff.

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RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We did the tasting menu which was absolutely mind blowing delicious.

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R
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing meal I have ever had! A true culinary experience! Every bite melted in my mouth!

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