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Two Philly restaurants make Rachael Ray's 'Best Restaurants in America' list

Nick Vadala, Staff Writer

Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:47 AM

Michael Solomonov will be on ‘The Rachael Ray’ show on Friday. He’s pictured here at the James Beard Awards

On Friday, celebrity chef Rachael Ray will reveal her list of the “Best Restaurants in America,” and two Philly spots have made the cut.

Local favorites Zahav and Vetri Cucina are included on the list, which was created by polling food world celebs like Andrew Zimmern and Alex Guarnaschelli. Restaurateurs Michael Solomonov and Marc Vetri will also appear on Friday morning’s episode of the show in honor of being included of the list.

Ray calls Solomonov’s Zahav her “absolute must-go, must stop every time I’m there” restaurant in Philly. Several other chefs and restaurateurs agreed, included Amanda Freitag, Daniel Holzman, Hugh Magnum, Marc Murphy, Melissa Clark, and Zimmern. The honor is the latest for Solomonov, who earlier this year won a James Beard Award for best chef.

Vetri Cucina, which has been going strong for almost two decades, is the pick for Jet Tila, Graham Elliot, Stephanie Izard, Fabio Viviani, Anne Burrell, and Guarnaschelli. Solomonov also calls Vetri his favorite restaurant in town in a pre-taped segment.

That segment features Solomonov making his winning restaurant’s brussels sprouts baba ganoush, which includes hazelnuts, dill, and feta. Vetri, meanwhile whips up some spinach gnocchi.

The full episode airs Friday at 10 a.m. on 6ABC. Check out Solomonov and Vetri in their pre-taped clip below:

Nick Vadala, Staff Writer

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