Yesterday The Insider shared a very exciting piece of Vetri-related intel. Come May the Vetri flagship at 1312 Spruce Street is going to be taking over the second floor apartment above the restaurant space and making room for more seating.
It's the first Monday of the month and that means Industry Night at Alla Spina (1410 Mt. Vernon St.) For this edition, the Vetri folks are keeping it in the family and celebrating the release of Jeff Michaud's new cookbook, Eating Italy. Michaud and Alla Spina chef Pat Szoke are going to be laying out a free buffet made up of recipe selections from the book and the bar is going to have plenty of cheap beer and cocktail specials to pair with it. As usual the party starts at 10 p.m., all you need is a pay stub to prove your industry cred.
Oh and there's an added bonus coming with tonight's festivities - the first 75 guests get to go home with a copy of Eating Italy.
Here at Meal ticket the bulk of our Jersey eating adventure are limited to the chain restaurant variety (we're looking at you, Cheesecake Factory and Pei Wei) or the beloved Pub. But as of today there's another reason to heard over the bridge.
Marc Vetri and company have opened up the second outpost of Osteria (400 New Jersey Route 38) at the Moorestown Mall. We had a chance to preview the new space last week and its got all of the same warm vibes as the north Broad original, no food court ambiance here (check out the space over at Zagat). Mike Deganis has left Alla Spina to take over the head chef position and is killing it with house-made pastas favorites like chicken liver rigatoni with cipolline onions and sage, wood-fired pizzas including the egg-topped Lombarda and an impressive and sharable house-aged ribeye Fiorentina. Dominique Piscetella is heading up the pastry program and turning out incredible dolci like bomboloni with blood orange marmelata and a dreamy polenta budino with candied hazelnuts. And unsurprisingly beverage director Steve Wildy is killing it with the wine list.
Dinner is being served seven nights a week and lunch is kicking off next Monday, November 25th.
It's no secret that we've been waiting for the opening of Pizzeria Vetri(1939 Fairmount Ave.) with bated breath ever since we caught wind of the project (good job with the social media, you guys). Well folks, tomorrow is the big day.
We swung by to check out the Granary digs and we've got to say it's pretty awesome. The Renato oven was fired up and turning out perfectly leopard spotted pies, we sampled the Quattro Formaggi with gorgonzola, smoked provolone, mozzarella and fontina and a Wood Oven Salad of prosciutto cotto and charred corn, chanterelles and green beans. Big thumbs up.