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First Look: Upstairs at Vetri, Opening Soon

By Danya Henninger  |  May 7, 2014
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Vetri is expanding for the first time in its 15-year history, and the new space is nearly ready to go. Nothing will change at Marc Vetri’s gem of an Italian restaurant on the ground floor - prix fixe tasting menu dinners will continue at the 30-seat dining room. Upstairs, however, a total renovation has made room for even more intimate meals, cooking classes and other events.

We stopped in for a chat with chef de cuisine Adam Leonti and a quick look around the second floor.

The two connected rooms have been entirely refinished. On one side is the kitchen, outfitted with a large center counter and cooking equipment along the windowed wall. On the other, up a short set of steps and painted the color of honeydew is the dining room.

Leonti has been at Vetri for six years now, and when we asked “What’s next?” (considering Michael Solomonov, Jeff Michaud and Brad Spence have all moved on from his position with great success), his answer was simple. The upstairs space is what’s next for him, and it’s something he’s always wanted to do.

“Not everyone can open a high-end dining room where you host something like eight people at a time,” he says. “I’m so lucky and thankful to be working with Marc. I’ve learned so much from him, and now I get to express it here.”

One of those dinners is already set: on June 25, upstairs at Vetri will host a Nino Negri wine dinner, featuring eight or so courses paired with vintages from the 120-year-old Lombardy producer. Seats will be available via online tickets, a procedure that most events in the space will follow.

Pasta classes are also a definite for the schedule, and the room will be available to book for private parties, Leonti says. Flip through for a few close-up looks and stay tuned for an opening date.

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    A worker puts finishing touches on the doors to the wine closet in the dining room. A custom Murano chandelier will hang in the center of the room.

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    A built-to-order sideboard will hold plateware and a new (old?) antique espresso machine.

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    A large BlueStar oven and range (made right here in Reading, PA) add a bright splash of color to the light-colored kitchen.

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    In the center of the kitchen table is a pair of Vollrath induction burners.

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    From the kitchen you can look across to the Kimmel Center.

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    Even the bathroom is elegantly outfitted.

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    Not much work remains, so expect an opening soon.

    1312 Spruce Street, Second Floor