Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pizzeria Vetri

1939 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 600-2629

Now, I love a good pizza and I take them in all forms, but when it comes to my absolute favorite kind, I think of the thin, crispy, carbon-spotted crusts that are coming out of Pizzeria Vetri.

I will start off by saying that by no means does Vetri come close to Beddia, but for the price and affordability, I'd say there's some healthy competition here.

It's a small and modern interior with family-style communal seating. There are 2 long tables that seat about 12 each and there are some bar seats right at the oven and then a few tables outside. Pretty basic, cut and dry.

Because it was a lunch for 3, we had to start with an appetizer and order 2 full pies. Now, if one of us wasn't a light eater, we would have gotten the app and 3 pies... First out was the Rotolo - little pizza dough pinwheels of delight with mortadella and ricotta, topped with a freshly cracked pistachio pesto.

Delectable little things. I would probably order this for dessert on my next visit. They were savory but so delicate that I couldn't help but think of them as kin to pull-apart monkey bread or a cinnamon bun, simply for their airy composition. Delicious.

First pie out was the Melanzana with crushed San Marzano tomatoes, thinly sliced eggplant, stracciatella (a variety of soft stretched-curd cheese) and fresh oregano leaves. All of the ingredients were in perfect balance. The pizza crust was tossed super thin but held up to the heavy toppers. This was my favorite of the two.

Next up was the Crudo pie with prosciutto crudo, bufala mozzarella and parmigiano. The prosciutto was draped haphazardly and made it difficult to eat - which is always the case when presented with whole slices - but I get annoyed when the whole slice pulls off with my first bite.

Every bite thereafter was just cheese, olive oil and crust, which is fine if you like plain old white pie. I'm a huge fan of breaking the cured ham into nicely distributed bits so my chewing experience isn't such an annoyance.

All in all, fantastic flavors and a great crust coming out of their oven. Grab a craft brew from their bar and see for yourself.

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