Trained in Bergamo, Italy, by some of the region's most noted chefs, Marc Vetri brings a bold, contemporary sensibility to classic Italian cooking. Within two years of opening his eponymous Philadelphia restaurant, Marc was named one of Food & Wine's Ten Best New Chefs and received the Philadelphia Inquirer's highest restaurant rating. In 2005, Marc won the James Beard Award for "Best Chef Mid-Atlantic." Marc opened Vetri, his intimate fine-dining restaurant in the heart of Center City Philadelphia in 1998. His outstanding pastas, innovative flavor combinations and artful presentations captured diners' imaginations and propelled Marc to the forefront of culinary trends. February 2007, Marc opened Osteria just north of Center City at 640 North Broad Street. The much larger and more casual second restaurant is the perfect place for traditional Italian thin crust pizza, homemade pastas and wood grilled meats and fish. Osteria was nominated for "Best New Restaurant” in 2008 by James Beard Foundation. In January 2010, Marc opened his third restaurant, Amis, located in Washington Square at 412 South 13th Street. Inspired by Rome's neighborhood trattorias, this smaller but energetic restaurant specializes in small plates such as handcrafted pastas and house cured meats. In November 2010, Bon Appetit named Amis one of the top "10 Places for Pasta” in the country. Marc's latest venture, Alla Spina, an Italian gastropub also located on North Broad Street, opened February 2012. In all of the restaurants, Marc's flavors are simple yet pronounced. Freshness is his muse. He chooses the finest seasonal ingredients from local farm markets and premium purveyors around the US and Italy. He keeps cooking to a minimum and preparations straightforward. "Cooking is about finding high-quality, regional ingredients," he says, "then using the simplest techniques to convey their purity." Marc's is the author of Il Viaggio di Vetri (Ten Speed Press, Oct. 1, 2008) a collection of more than 125 of his most-requested dishes. The book tells the story of Marc's culinary journey from Philadelphia to California to Italy to New York and finally, back to Philly to share the Italian cuisine he loves with the people in his hometown. His second cookbook, Rustic Italian Food (Ten Speed Press, Nov. 1, 2011), brought artisan cooking into home kitchens and was named one of the top cookbooks of 2011 by such outlets as Bon Appetit, St. Petersburg Times and The Huffington Post. Marc is actively involved in many philanthropic causes. In 2009, Marc and his business partner, Jeff Benjamin, created the Vetri Foundation for Children. Its mission is to promote healthy living styles among at-risk youth. One of the foundation's signature initiatives is its "Eatiquette” school lunch improvement program in which children experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living. Marc and Jeff are also the founders of the "Great Chefs Event,” which brings together scores of the country's greatest chefs to raise money and awareness for the pediatric cancer charity, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Marc lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Megan, and their three children. He enjoys spending Sundays cooking with his children and teaching them how to make pasta.
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