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While chain restaurants attempt to replicate Italian comfort food, South Philadelphia’s red gravy emporiums are the real deal — after all, they’ve been doing it for more than a century.
Dig into a plate of lasagna and meatballs at iconic Italian restaurants like Ralph’s, Villa di Roma and Dante and Luigi’s for a taste of the old country that isn’t mass-produced.
And at the intimate and very upscale Vetri, you can experience the daily changing menu of rustic Northern Italian delicacies that has critics calling it one of the best Italian restaurants in the country.
A former market comes back to life
Located in what used to be a neighborhood corner market, Mercato — which means “market” in Italian — expands on its namesake theme by emphasizing fresh, local ingredients in its contemporary Italian menu.
One of the nation’s most acclaimed Italian restaurants
Star chef Marc Vetri’s titular restaurant is considered one of America’s finest Italian restaurants. If you find yourself at a table here, consider yourself very lucky.
Italian with a side of opera
First opened in 1933, Victor Cafe is the only restaurant in Philadelphia that continues the old world tradition of waiters and waitress performing operatic arias for diners each and every night.View More
A former market comes back to life
Located in what used to be a neighborhood corner market, Mercato — which means “market” in Italian — expands on its namesake theme by emphasizing fresh, local ingredients in its contemporary Italian menu.View More
A South Philly institution
The award-winning Chickie’s Italian Deli’s notable menu items include classic hoagies like the Original Veggie (baked eggplant, sautéed broccoli rabe, roasted peppers and Chickie’s own blend of sharp provolone) and the Tuna Special (olive oil-packed tuna with provolone, roasted peppers, lettuce, tomato and onion), as well as hot sandwiches including an excellent version of the Philly classic, the Roast Pork sandwich.View More
Serving red gravy for more than a century
America’s oldest Italian restaurant, this two-floor tribute to old-school Italian-American fare still packs in the crowds, more than a century after opening its doors. Loyal patrons go for the basics—sausage and peppers, mussels red or white—and usually go home with doggie bags.View More
Classic southern Italian in South Philly
With red-brick tiles outside and murals of old Italy inside, this reliable Italian Market old-timer is a charming tribute to the Philadelphians who call their tomato sauce “gravy.” The lengthy menu serves up the full roster of classics, from spaghetti and meatballs to clams casino to veal Marsala to baked ziti to Chianti by the glass.View More
A longtime, loved occassion destination
This polished, splurge-worthy Italian-American stalwart knows its way around a filet mignon, veal chop and lobster. Unlike many of its BYOB neighbors, the Saloon boasts a major wine list and a beautiful bar for sitting and sipping.View More
Serving family recipes from across Italy
A long vacant Italian Market storefront gained new life as this under-the-radar, authentically Italian BYOB. Lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature farm-to-table fare, including homemade meatballs, grilled radicchio and asparagus patties.View More
A delicious slice of Sicily in South Philly
Another Italian Market BYOB, this corner spot prides itself on its Sicilian roots. Its brunch and dinner menus offer the mild (think airy eggplant parmigiana, ricotta-and-zucchini ravioli and osso buco) to the slightly wild (sweet-and-sour tripe).View More
Serious sandwiches with Italian influence
The second location of Northern Liberties’ gourmet Italian sandwich shop resides in heart of the Italian Market. Among the bread-swaddled options: roasted suckling pig adorned with long hots, sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, as well as fried lasagna topped with a fried egg.View More
Wood-fired pizzas and classic Italian cuisine
The menu offers pasta, salads and sandwiches, but the hand-thrown, hardwood-fired pizzas are the hands-down favorite here. Beer, wine, cocktails and espresso wash down the classic Italian cooking.View More