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Phil Vettel
Critic
My Role

Phil Vettel has been the Chicago Tribune's restaurant critic since 1989. Video versions of Phil's reviews (without revealing his face, of course) can be seen weekly on WGN-Ch. 9 and CLTV. And he's a regular contributor to the Tribune blog The Stew (chicagotribune.com/stew).
My Biography

Phil was born in the Bronx, NY, went to high school in Florida and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1979 with a BA in Journalism. His career began at the Tribune-owned Suburban Trib in 1979, and he was promoted to the Chicago Tribune, working in the Tempo section, in 1981.

His wife, Paula, frequently joins him on his restaurant visits, and his sons, Ed and Chris, usually have better things to do.
My Recent Articles

Taste of Chicago lineup has new names, special celebrity-chef dinners 5/27/2015
Taste of Chicago will have a bit of James Beard flavor this year.

Don't-miss restaurants to try this summer 5/26/2015
It's time once again for my Summer Eating List. Patterned after the summer reading lists that haunted my school days, this list tells you the recently opened, soon-to-open and hoping-to-open restaurants to keep in mind for a summer of dining enrichment.

Review: Formento's earns 3 stars 5/20/2015
Formento's is a restaurant filled with happy contradictions, a classic-Italian concept that makes room on the menu for quail saltimbocca, and a dining room that exudes neighborhood charm while packing a wine list that would be the envy of many fine-dining restaurants.

Chipotle's ShopHouse concept headed to Chicago 5/19/2015
ShopHouse, the Southeast-Asian concept launched by Chipotle Mexican Grill in 2011, is making its way to Chicago.

'Schmacon' and skulls at national restaurant show 5/17/2015
Floss. Definitely should have brought floss.