Moorestown Mall is really hot for a liquor license, the subject of a referendum being weighed for the November ballot.

So hot, mall owner PREIT today announced that it had signed a letter of intent with Marc Vetri, chef-owner of Vetri, Amis and the soon-to-open Alla Spina.

PREIT Services president Joseph F. Coradino described it as a fine-dining restaurant.

"The ability to bring this type of establishment to Moorestown Mall isn't just a home run; it's a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series," Coradino said in a news release.

Vetri told me the restaurant would be a somewhat pared-down version of Osteria -- wood-burning pizzas and apps. "It's easy concept," he said. "We have it nailed."

Vetri said he and partners are looking for locations in the burbs, whether Moorestown works out or not.