Philadelphia has one of the oldest and largest Italian-American communities in the United States in South Philadelphia, which is home to the world famous Italian Market. The city has a large number of top-notch Italian restaurants, featuring both Northern Italian, Southern Italian and Sicilian cuisines.
760 S 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 Phone: (215) 627-6011. This Italian Market restaurant was established in 1900 and is still owned by the same family. It has gone through several decorative updates and structural additions. It is known for its huge portions of classic "South Philly" food served in a "family" atmosphere.
2. Dante and Luigi's Restaurant762 South 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147. Phone: (215) 922-9501. Founded in 1898 this restaurant has recently changed ownership but not style. Recent menu changes have added to what was already a great menu featuring huge veal chops, and lighter renditions of meats and fresh fish.
8 South Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone (215) 922-2808. La Famiglia reminds the patron of an elegant private dining room in Italy with its paintings and family treasures displayed throughout. The restaurant has an extensive wine cellar. This is one of several restaurants owned by the Sena family (hence the name).
4. Tre Scalini1533 S 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 Phone: (215) 551-3870. Chosen by the editors of Citysearch Philadelphia as the best Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. Don't let the lack of ambiance fool you. The food is the key here and it's some of the city's best Italian cuisine.
1312 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 Phone: (215) 732-3478. This is a very intimate restaurant with limited seating for only 35 patrons. The restaurant is by many considered the best Italian restaurant in the city, and by others to be extremely cramped and featuring too rich and too heavy foods. The price is steep at $75 and $100 for each guest for five and seven course meals respectively.
6. Monte Carlo Living Room150 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 Phone: (215) 925 2220. This is an elegant, formal Italian restaurant with superb food. The dining room has subdued decor, with ample room between tables, crystal chandeliers, and lace table covering, much like an upscale dining venue in Rome. The service is equally elegant, prepared by a chef schooled in Italy.
114 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 Phone: (215) 733-0545. Contemporary Italian cuisine in an elegant yet casual European-style atmosphere. Cozy downstairs bar features a world-class wine cellar and live entertainment Thursday - Saturday.
8. Marra's1734 E Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148 Phone: (215) 463-9249. One of Philly's best pizza restaurants has expanded its focus to include a full service menu of Italian dishes that include multi-faceted preparations of home-style food: beef, chicken, fish, pasta and veal.
1637 E Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148. Phone: (215) 463-6884. Chosen by the Italian Community of South Philadelphia as "The Most Authentic Italian Restaurant" in Philadelphia, Mamma Maria's has also been lauded by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Zagat and Philadelphia Magazine.
1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 Phone: (215) 787-0784. The Spaghetti Warehouse combines Old World Italian Traditions with American abundance in hearty, made from scratch dishes. A festive atmosphere, large seating capacity and more than 30 locations in 13 states make Spaghetti Warehouse locations ideal for family celebrations and group gatherings.