The ever-expanding restaurant empire of Philadelphia super chef Marc Vetri continues to grow, with the opening of a second Osteria in New Jersey last fall, a second Pizzeria Vetri in the works for Rittenhouse, and now this week’s opening of the hotly anticipated Lo Spiedo at The Navy Yard.
Nearly two years in the making, Lo Spiedo — which is Italian for “the spit” — is now serving lunch and dinner in Building 500, a former gatehouse right at the Broad Street entrance to The Navy Yard.
Not only will this opening give the growing community at The Navy Yard an amazing dining option — the rotisserie and grill is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner daily — but Vetri’s latest debut will also provide the city at large with an amazing incentive to take a trip south.
Read on for more on the newest Vetri restaurant in Philadelphia.
With an entire building at its disposal, the Vetri team has produced a true destination restaurant at The Navy Yard.
Visible from the front gate, the 4,700-square-foot historic brick Lo Spiedo building is located within the Navy Yard’s new Crescent Park, a three-acre entrance plaza.
Featuring around 130 seats inside, plus a large outdoor dining area, the bi-level restaurant can accommodate groups and will make for an ideal spot for the yard’s community to grab lunch, happy hour or dinner.
But the new space is open after normal Navy Yard business hours, too, opening up the complex in a brand-new way. All patrons of the restaurant will be able to enter The Navy Yard after normal Navy Yard business hours and on the weekends, plus free parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, and there is free street parking.
Inside, the renovations of Philadelphia-based Michael Gruber Design have made the former gatehouse a inviting space. Industrial-feeling elements like brick, exposed beams and concrete are balanced by big windows, mirrors and vintage-style touches like wainscoting and mosaics.
The Food and Drink
This latest addition to the Vetri family continues in the spirit of its sister spots with a menu based on Italian dining traditions. Lo Spiedo, though, goes beyond the staple trattoria fare and focuses its menu on goods from a custom 72-inch rotisserie.
Hot-off-the-spit eats anchor the menu, with such highlights as crispy chicken wings, a spit-roasted half chicken, pork ribs with rosemary and a gorgeous Creekstone Farm fiorentina steak.
Lo Spiedo hardly only dishes meats, though. Accompanying the juicy grilled entrees, the kitchen turns out a large crowd-pleasing menu of such goods as housemade pastas, grilled focaccia, creative panini, composed salads and small plates like fried mozzarella, creamed kale and whole-roasted cabbage with gorgonzola.
Completing the offerings, Steve Wildy, the Vetri Family beverage director, designed a cocktail-focused beverage menu with six great options including a gin and tonic (with housemade tonic), a roasted tomato Bloody Mary and a savory porcini mushroom cocktail made with local Bluecoat Barrel Reserve gin.
For the complete food and drink menu, check right here.
Open daily, Lo Spiedo dishes lunch and happy hour Monday through Friday, with dinner nightly and brunch in the works. Reservations are now available here, so make plans to take a trip south for a taste of Vetri’s latest flavors.
This South Philly destination might just be the next great Philadelphia neighborhood.
Now Open: Lo Spiedo
When: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: The Navy Yard, 4503 S. Broad Street, Building 500
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.lo-spiedo.com