A Philadelphia native who grew up cooking alongside his Sicilian grandmother, chef Mark Vetri has found a path that expresses both his Italian roots and the city that he calls home. Vetri began his culinary career in California at Wolfgang Puck's Granita, before heading to Bergamo, Italy, to continue his training in classic Italian cuisine. Following his return to the United States, it wasn't long before the chef returned to Philadelphia to open his eponymous flagship, Vetri, in 1998—located at the former site of Georges Perrier's venerable Le Bec-Fin, a longtime icon of the city's fine-dining scene. Wine Spectator's Lizzie Munro explains.
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