Philadelphia’s Italian Market on 9th Street is one of its most lauded culinary traditions. Century-old pasta houses and classic Italian restaurants stand next to some of the city’s finest bakeries, and groceries all right here. Speaking from experience, we put together a brief guide to eating your way through the Italian Market.
This landmark bakery is a famous Philadelphia destination for classic Italian breads, pizza, and sweet desserts. World-famous, it’s always quite busy, but the 90+ year-old establishment for its Tomato Pie and cannolis.
Claudio’s Specialty Foods is a can’t-miss shop for those who love Italian groceries. World-class olive oil, olives, vinegar, pasta, and sauces from Italy can all be found at this fun and delicious shop. If you’re shopping for a foodie, this is a great place to find a Philadelphia gift, also, be sure to sample some of the mozzarella for yourself.
This well-known Italian Market outlet is known for its paninis, baked goods, and gelato. Another signature of Anthony’s is its cappuccino, which can be complemented by any of the above, and a nice book on a sunny Philadelphia day.
A 9th Street staple, Ralph’s is a great choice when looking for a nice place to eat at the Italian Market. The century-plus old shop offers fine-dining renditions of all your favorite pastas, meatballs, sauces, and old world favorites like eggplant parmigiana, sweetbreads, and osso bucco.
This long-standing family-run restaurant is another Italian Market wonder. Come here for spaghetti, chicken parmigiana, and a number of mouth-watering steak and seafood dishes. A favorite location for families, celebrations, dates, and parties since the early 60’s DeLuca is a can’t-fail.