After hinting on social media, chef-restaurateur Marc Vetri confirmed to Philly.com he is buying a South Philly butcher shop: the long-running Fiorella’s Sausage, which opened in 1892 but closed earlier this year. This is Vetri’s second butcher transaction, after signing on as a partner at Heather Marold Thomason’s new East Passyunk Avenue shop, Primal Supply Meats, last month.
In a post on Instagram, Vetri referred to the purchase as a “#secondact.”
Vetri opened his namesake restaurant, the much-praised Vetri Cucina in Washington Square West, 20 years ago with business partner Jeff Benjamin. He added Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Amis, and Alla Spina, later selling those to Urban Outfitters but keeping his original eatery.
Vetri left Urban Outfitters at the end of 2017. Urban Outfitters then sold Osteria to its opening chef, Jeff Michaud, and Michael Schulson. The company shuttered Alla Spina.
Amis and Pizzeria Vetri remain open, with multiple locations — Amis just opened in Devon.
Along with his butchery endeavors, chef Vetri and Benjamin are also working on a second location of Vetri Cucina, this one in Las Vegas.
Here’s his first mention of Fiorella’s (at 817 Christian Street):
And here’s Wednesday’s post: