Philadelphia and Italian food go hand in hand. For decades, Italian families have settled in Philadelphia bringing all of their pasta, cheeses, and breads. There are so many Italian restaurants in Philadelphia that it is hard to put a list together of The Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia. After consuming loads of pasta and cheese, we have managed.
The oldest family-run Italian restaurant in Philadelphia is Ralphs- 760 S 9th St. Ralphs has been around for over a hundred years and continues to serve great authentic Italian food. It’s definitely old school Italian at its finest. The dining room is very cozy and warm, and the staff is very knowledge. Our dinner suggestions are the veal parmesan or the gnocchi. The dessert list is short but sweet. We always stick to the classics — cannoli’s or tiramisu.
Next on our list of The Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia, is Osteria-640 Broad Street. The atmosphere is rustic with a huge wood-brick oven and open kitchen. Chef Marc Vetri and Jeff Michaud create a menu of quality and creativity. The bread basket that welcomes you at your table is so delicious that it is hard not to ruin your appetite on just the bread alone. We had to stop ourselves before our third piece. Neighborhood menu favorites are: the wild boar bolognese and the striped bass.
Right next door to The Independent Hotel is Little Nonna’s- 1234 Locust Street. It’s pretty new to the neighborhood, and is a venture by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, who are also responsible for Grocery, Open House, Lolita, and Barbuzzo. The restaurant is cozy and has a homey feel to it—rightly so as “Nonna” means grandmother in Italian. We have to admit, we are regulars at Little Nonna’s so we have so many favorites. Top on our favorite list are the fried risotto balls and the orecchiette. Also, you have to try the meatballs. (Cheese is not only sprinkled on top of the meatball, but also cooked inside of it!) They are some of the best we have ever had.
That’s a few of The Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia. Ciao!