Football season starts swinging for a touchdown next week (I’m not good at sports), and we couldn’t be more excited – about the food! Joining the lineup this year is celebrity chef, and die-hard Eagles fan, Marc Vetri. The chef has combined forces with concession company Aramark to bring Pizzeria Vetri to Lincoln Financial Field, giving the San Francisco 49er’s some competition in the quest for best stadium food in the NFL.
Some of the old Vetri vets will be making an appearance. Fans can expect three classics: square Margherita and sausage pizzas, as well as the old stand-by rotolo, which features spicy sopressata, ricotta and marinara.*
Along with Pizzeria Vetri, more new dining options are making their way to Lincoln Financial Field. Former wide receivers Mike Quick and Harold Carmichael have put their spin on the barbecue sandwich, available in the club level. Because who knows more about food than former athletes? No one, that’s who.
The Quick features black cherry smoked pulled pork with house made slaw on a potato roll; The Carmichael, maple sugar smoked pulled chicken with house made slaw on a potato roll. Each can be served with either Kansas City style or Carolina style barbecue sauce.
Moreover, for the fan who can’t decide which of their former heroes to symbolically devour as an act of devotion, there’s the creatively named The Quick and The Carmichael, which combines the powers of both sandwiches – like so many giant robots in a 1980’s Japanese cartoon – into a single, ultimate foodstuff.
Of course, Lincoln Financial Field has more to offer than just Vetri’s Pizzeria. Eats from fellow celebrity chef Peter McAndrews can also be found in the brand new Tork Café area. And for someone with a taste for the classics, there’s still Tony Luke’s, available in the general concession. Because this is Philly, and if locals could survive solely on a diet of cheese steak, there would be no stopping them.
*This post has been updated with corrections.
Prior to this update, the piece erroneously specified that the Quick and Carmichael sandwiches were available at Pizzeria Vetri, and that Tork’s Cafe would feature food from Jose Garces and Tony Luke’s.