1939 Callowhill Street (Arts Museum/Fairmount)
Take one look at the Pizzeria Vetri Instagram (@pizzeriavetri) and you’ll be dying to visit just as much as I was. I’ve always been a huge fan of Marc Vetri – Amis, Alla Spina, and, of course, Vetri are some of my all-time favorite restaurants in Philly ever. That being said, I had pretty high expectations of his new pizza joint before walking in. Needless to say, from the moment I sat at the counter and watched chefs make customers’ pizza from scratch, those expectations were happily met.
Before I get to the food, I have to say that this place deserves major credit for how unpretentious is. Vetri is a highly regarded brand, and he could easily charge double the price on everything, but he doesn’t. This isn’t fancy, trendy pizza. This is great pizza done right in a comfortable environment, as it should be.
Start off your meal with the rotolo, which is basically garlic bread with mortadella and ricotta wrapped inside. The pistachio pesto that glazes the top takes the bread to another level. Two people could probably share one, but trust me, you want your own.
You can’t go wrong with any of the pizzas, which are perfect for 2 people to share. The Melanzana, topped with crushed marzano, eggplant, stracciatella, and oregano, was absolutely delicious, and the crudo (with prosciutto, mozz, and parmesan) is pretty damn good as well. The crust is maintains a perfect balance of doughy and crunchy, and watching the chefs melt the cheese on top after taking it out of the wood fire oven will seriously make your mouth water. My only complaint was that the ends of the slices were a little soggy, and we all know no one likes soggy bread (or maybe you do? I don’t know, that’s kind of weird). I haven’t tried it yet, but the calzone looks unbelievable, too.
Last, but certainly not least, you must save room for the nutella pizza. If you’re too full, eat it anyway. I’ll warn you that it is an overwhelmingly sweet dessert, but it’s still so damn good. The cook slices cooked pizza dough in half, fills the inside with nutella and giant marshmallows, and wood fires it. You thought your s’mores at camp were good? Well this is version 2.0, and it’s going to rock your world. Words of wisdom: Share.
This no-reservations, no-hassle pizza joint is perfect for tons of occasions. Next time you’re about to order Allegro’s on a Sunday night, get off your ass and take a quick cab ride over to Pizzeria Vetri. With awesome pizza and relaxing vibes, you’ll shake away the stress of OCR and what you’re going to do when you see Saturday’s DFMO on Locust. Yeah, I’ll leave it at that.