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Marc Vetri

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 1:14 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk Marc Vetri

A week after opening his third restaurant, Amìs, chef-restaurateur Marc Vetri is expanding his brand again.

He's licensing sandwich recipes from Osteria to 1st & fresh Catering, which is banking on the notion that business meetings require Osteria's mortadella smoked mozzarella; chicken Milanese; roast pork; "Bolito Misto" brisket; eggplant parm; and Sicilian tuna. (Platter prices range from $115.99 to feed eight to 10, up to $335.99 to feed 25 to 30.)

Vetri told me that all the varieties have been on Osteria's lunch menu. "We went over there [to 1st & fresh] and showed them how to make them, using our recipes, our bread recipe. We ordered stuff [to be delivered to Osteria] and they were just like ours."

POSTED: Friday, January 8, 2010, 11:42 AM

Here's a selected assortment of restaurant openings. (Wild card here is Stephen Starr, who seems to have some things, plural, up his sleeve besides the Mexican restaurant at 2013 Chestnut and besides the New York-style pizzeria takeout/delivery spot next to Parc.)

First off, Du Jour's Commerce Square location (2001 Market St., 215-735-8010) is open for weekday breakfast/lunch.

Second, Marc Vetri's Amìs opened Thursday, Jan. 14. (News here and here and here.)

POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 3:50 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk | Marc Vetri Openings

Marc Vetri is rocking-and-rolling at 13th and Waverly Streets as workers put the final touches on his Roman trattoria, Amìs.

Vetri says the health inspection is due Wednesday (12/30) and first public service will be Jan. 14*. Unlike many other restaurateurs, Vetri wants to get the kinks out before he opens.

And speaking of Kinks: The rustic 70-seater, which boasts a dull zinc bar, industrial-look exposed ceiling/walls, and more reclaimed pine than you can shake a stick at, will have a rock-and-roll soundtrack. Vetri explains that all the better Roman trattorias, which he's modeling this on, play American classic rock. (The name Amìs -- pronounced Ah-MEES -- is dialect for "friends" in Lombardy, where Vetri studied.)

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