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  • Alla Spina

    Italian for beer

    The delicious burger at Alla Spina.

    Negronis on tap, rare Italian craft beers and innovative bar food done up how only Marc Vetri can (mortadella hot dogs! veal milanese hoagies!) are just part of what to expect from one of Philly’s best beer-centric restaurants.

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  • Angelino’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

    Bring your own bottle and down Italian comfort food

    Those with a craving for pasta with homemade sauce, oven-baked pizzas, fresh sandwiches and a neighborhood atmosphere go to this bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) shop.

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  • 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.

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  • Birra

    Part gastopub, part pizzeria, all scrumptious

    Somewhere between a gastropub and pizza parlor is Birra, serving an assortment of thin-crust pizza (including the head-turning mac-and-cheese pizza), paninis (try the grilled cheese) and antipasto, as well as an impressive list of craft beers. Plenty of sidewalk seating adds to the modest table count and provides a view of the avenue.

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  • Bistro La Baia

    An Italian BYOB with popular outdoor seating in warmer months

    The familial service and the lobster ravioli are just two of the many reasons this cozy Italian BYOB has been a neighborhood mainstay for nearly 15 years.

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  • Bridgid’s Bar & Restaurant

    Outstanding craft beer and a loyal following

    Quite possibly the first bar in the city to put its menu on a chalkboard, Bridgid’s pairs an outstanding selection of Belgian and craft brews with delicious lunch and dinner dishes.

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  • Bufad Pizza

    Pizza that will light up your tastebuds

    Outside Bufad Pizza in Callowhill.

    When you’re looking to nail a pizza craving to the wall, Nothing in the vicinity even comes close to Bufad’s crispy, crackly Neapolitan pies or scissor-snipped Roman slices.

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  • Caffe Valentino

    Italian comfort food and hospitable, homey environs

    Smells of authentic Pugliese cuisine waft through this newly expanded BYOB. Even with the addition of a second floor, Caffe Valentino retains a warm, homey atmosphere, complementing comfort dishes such as risotto with sautéed mussels, shrimp and calamari in white wine sauce. Outdoor seating tempts passersby in warmer months, and each Tuesday, guests enjoy a wallet-friendly four-course dinner.

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  • Capogiro Gelato Artisans

    More than 25 delectable choices of gelato and sorbet will make it impossible to resist

    Capogiro

    Everyone is raving about the gelato at Capogiro, from Town and Country and Oprah’s O Magazine to Food and Wine and the New York Times.

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  • Chiarella’s Ristorante

    A family-owned and family-friendly South Philly staple

    Situated steps from Passyunk Avenue’s Singing Fountain, this family-owned South Philly mainstay—with roots on a Jersey Shore boardwalk—specializes in classic Italian fare with wallet-friendly prices. Locals bring their own bottles and dine outside in the warmer months.

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  • Chick’s Social Kitchen + Bar

    Classic cocktails, Italian-style

    Classic and newly invented cocktails and small plates are the order of the evening at this bustling restored taproom. As a nod to its Italian roots, Chick’s serves Chianti and Prosecco by the glass, along with draft Peroni.

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  • 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.

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  • Claudio’s Specialty Foods

    Find all the elements of a fine antipasti plate and more

    A salad bar’s worth of olives, a half dozen cases of cheese and salumeria and more than a few shelves of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dry pasta, canned tomatoes and other Italian specialties are for sale at this friendly, well-priced Italian Market store. Next door, Claudio’s vends its homemade mozzarella.

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  • Cucina Forte

    Go for gnocchi gold

    This homey Italian BYOB is best known for chef-owner Maria Forte’s amazing ricotta gnocchi, pillow pasta that The Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig La Ban referred to as “weightless wonders of the dumpling world.” After those doughy delights, regulars recommend any of the day’s specials.

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  • Dante & Luigi’s

    Old World charm in the historic Italian Market

    One of the city’s oldest trattorias celebrates Italian-American cuisine with homemade lasagna, hearty veal chops and other traditional treats slathered in famous “red gravy” (South Philly-speak for marinara).

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  • Di Bruno Bros.

    A glistening specialty food emporium providing a veritable feast for the senses

    Cheesecave at the Chestnut Street Di Bruno Bros.

    The Di Bruno Bros. specialty store on Chestnut Street is an absolute must-see if you appreciate food. At all. Seriously. This place is very close to a boutique foodies heaven.

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  • FrancoLuigi’s Pizzeria & High Note Café

    Pasta and pizza with a side of opera

    People visit the High Note Café for a side of live opera or piano with their house-made gnocchi. Owner Franco Borda (a.k.a., “The Singing Chef”) will have it no other way. This family-owned Passyunk Square restaurant serves up authentic Italian cuisine in their musical dining room and crave-worthy pizzas and sandwiches from the attached FrancoLuigi’s Pizzeria.

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  • Garces Trading Company

    The Iron Chef opens an all-in-one culinary destination and wine boutique

    Garces Trading Company

    Situated in a large space in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Garces Trading Company — a gourmet market and cafe — is the sixth Philadelphia restaurant by Iron Chef Jose Garces.

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  • Karina’s

    Home-style Italian cuisine, with Spanish and South American touches

    This small, friendly BYOB offers its diners a home-style Italian menu, with a splash of Spanish and South American dishes thrown in for good measure. House-made breads and pastas soak up the savory sauces appearing in most dishes, from marinara and brown gravy to garlic wine and porcini mushroom sauces.

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  • La Famiglia

    An Old City landmark for fine Italian cuisine

    La Famiglia

    For more than 30 years, La Famiglia has been one of Philadelphia’s top culinary institutions.

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  • LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar

    Fresh, home-style Italian-American comfort food in historic Philadelphia

    Since 2005, LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar has been serving up quality Italian-American home-style cuisine in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district.

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  • Le Virtu

    A tasty tour of the Abruzzi table

    An impressive wine list complements the authentic Abruzzese cuisine prepared in an open kitchen. An intimate dining room and outdoor patio complete the warm and rustic atmosphere, and the seasonal menu melds local produce and meats with artisanal delicacies like honey and sheep’s milk cheeses imported from Italy’s Abruzzi region.

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  • Marra’s Cucina Italiana

    Serving Italian-American favorites for more than 80 years

    A South Philly mainstay, Marra’s has been cranking out Italian-American favorites like thin-crust brick-oven pizzas and homemade pastas for more than 80 years. Hungry diners can opt for the Sunset Menu, which includes a traditional main dish with soup or salad. The no-frills dining room adds to the old-school vibe.

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  • 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.

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  • Modo Mio

    BYOB along with your appetite

    Neighbors come here with a bottle of wine (it’s BYO) and settle in for a tour of all the variations of cuisine that Italy has to offer. Particularly popular are Sugo (Italian for sauce) Sundays, when $33 gets diners an antipasti, a pasta, a meat, salad and dessert, all served family-style.

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  • 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).

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  • Mr. Martino’s Trattoria

    Recieve a warm welcome before tucking in to homemade Italian specialties

    It’s open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, which only enhances the appeal of this cozy BYOB—a Passyunk mainstay. The homey atmosphere (more like someone’s home than a restaurant) and friendly staff (including Mr. Martino himself) almost outshine the delicious Italian food. Almost.

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  • 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.

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  • Novita Bistro

    A cozy BYOB serving Italian dishes with Moroccan and Mediterranean hints

    A romantic, 40-seat dining spot with exposed brick walls, the snug Novita Bistro BYOB serves Italian dishes with Moroccan and Mediterranean hints.

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  • Osteria

    One of Philadelphia’s most acclaimed restaurants, serving outstanding gourmet pizza

    Osteria

    Osteria owner and chef Marc Vetri is turning heads — literally. He’s bringing diners to North Broad Street, away from the dining epicenters of Old City, Midtown Village and Rittenhouse Square. And he’s doing it with pizza.

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