A few months ago I wrote about my delicious dinner at Vetri, a stunningly good Italian restaurant on the ground floor of a townhouse on an unassuming street in Philadelphia. Last Friday I was supposed to meet Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig Laban at Mark Vetri's new pizzeria-trattoria Osteria. I had to cancel (too much work to do at Serious Eats, and I feared Serious Eaters Adam and Alaina would yell at their overlord).
Now, Mr. Bruni has beaten me and Serious Eats to the punch with a long piece on Vetri in today's New York Times. After reading his account of his meals at Osteria, which sounded like works in progress, I decided that postponing my trip to Philly was providential. By the time Mr. Laban and I reschedule, Osteria will, one hopes, be in full flight, and it will definitely be on my one-day Philly eating adventure. Currently these places are on my dancecard:
A trip to the Reading Terminal Market for one of those incredible, moist buttery, and dare I say light Fisher's Soft Pretzels
A roast pork sandwich and a cheesesteak at John's Roast Pork. (Note to self: get there by 2 p.m., as it closes at 2:30.)
A three-flavor sampler cup at Capogiro Gelato.
Dinner at Osteria, where I will sample many cured meats, pastas, and thin-crusted Roman pizzas (I liked Vetri's pizzas at Bella Blu, the last place he cooked in Manhattan).
I could eat more, but that should do me for one day. Philadelphians: Am I missing anything profoundly delicious, unique, and local?
Fisher's Soft Pretzels
Address: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia PA 19107
Address: 117 South 20th Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
John's Roast Pork
Address: 14 East Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19148
Address: 640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19130
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