Skip to main content

Visitphilly.com Official Visitor And Travel Site
MENU

Buon Appetito

Pictured: Mercato

Map all locationsItalian Restaurants

Italian Restaurants

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.

Featured Listings

  • Mercato

    A former market comes back to life

    Mercato BYOB

    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
  • Vetri

    One of the nation’s most acclaimed Italian restaurants

    Marc Vetri is one of the nation’s most respected chefs.

    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.

    View More
  • Panorama

    Sample all the best flavors of Northern Italy at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City

    Tucked within the historic Penn’s View Hotel in Old City is Panorama, a romantic trattoria-style restaurant with a massive wine list to complement its Italian meals.

    Tucked within the historic Penn’s View Hotel in Old City is Panorama, a romantic trattoria-style restaurant with a massive wine list to complement its Italian meals.

    View More
  • Barra Restaurant

    A great choice for date night or a business dinner in Old City

    Barra specializes in brick-oven pizzas and Italian beer, along with delicate pastas and handcrafted cocktails.

    This Old City resto-lounge specializes in brick-oven pizzas and Italian beer, along with delicate pastas and handcrafted cocktails.

    View More
  • Victor Cafe

    Italian with a side of opera

    If this looks familiar, it’s because Victor Cafe was the stand-in for the fictitious “Adrienne’s” restaurant in 2006’s Rocky Balboa.

    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
  • Mercato

    A former market comes back to life

    Mercato BYOB

    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
  • Chickie’s Italian Deli

    A South Philly institution

    Chickie’s Italian Deli

    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
  • Ralph’s

    Serving red gravy for more than a century

    Ralph’s Italian Restaurant in Bella Vista.

    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
  • Villa Di Roma

    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
  • Saloon

    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
  • Nina’s Trattoria

    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
  • Monsu

    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
#visitphilly
Go To Top