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  • Paesano’s II

    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.

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  • Paradiso Restaurant & Wine Bar

    A mainstay for super-fresh Italian and seriously addictive gnocchi

    Comfort and elegance blend seamlessly in this contemporary Italian spot, where a lively bar and an open kitchen provide the entertainment, and the rooftop garden provides (some of) the ingredients. Fluffy house-made gnocchi and other light Mediterranean dishes keep locals coming back for more.

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  • Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar

    House-made pasta and the taste of Italy

    This modern Italian restaurant and wine bar features award-winning pasta, seafood, meats and an expansive wine list. All pastas, except those that are gluten-free, are made in-house, and patrons who’d like to watch the floury magic can congregate around the so-called “pasta bar” every day during lunch.

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  • Pizza Rustica

    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.

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  • Pizzeria Stella

    Stephen Starr’s Headhouse Square restaurant focuses on gourmet pies

    Pizzeria Stella

    Combining Philadelphia’s love of pizza and Stephen Starr restaurants, the restaurateur has opened Pizzeria Stella, a gourmet-minded, neighborhood pizza shop.

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  • Popolino

    Rome if you want to

    Chef Peter McAndrews, who also has Modo Mio in NoLibs, interprets Roman cuisine at his BYOB on Fairmount Avenue.

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  • Positano Coast

    A bit of the Mediterranean coast in Old City

    Positano Coast offers a great list of creative cocktails, perfect for sampling during their Happy Hour

    Surrounded by a serene backdrop reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast, Positano Coast in Old City offers inspired Mediterranean cuisine and seafood.

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  • Quick Fixx

    Flatbreads, pasta, salads and more on South Street West

    The name says it all — Quick Fixx is your go-to when you want a quality salad, sandwich, pasta or flatbread and you want it fast.

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  • Radicchio Café

    Bright Italian BYOB on the edge of Old City

    BYOB Dining at Radicchio Café

    Located on the outskirts of the bustling neighborhood of Old City, Radicchio Café is a hidden gem among dozens of Center City BYOBs. Make no mistake: plenty of people know about and love Radicchio. When you go, you’ll witness this — there are always parties waiting patiently for their tables outside the restaurant’s large, glass windows.

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  • 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.

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  • Ristorante Panorama

    Superb, moderately-priced Italian cuisine at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City

    Restorante Panorama

    Ristorante Panorama is an award-winning restaurant located just off the beaten path in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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  • Ristorante Tre Scalini

    Delicious and dependable old- and new-school Italian

    This family-owned, bi-level BYOB serves authentic Italian dishes such as the traditional zuppa di pesce, as well as the exotic saffron gnocchi or wild boar. Warm, knowledgeable staff and valet parking on weekends enhance the dining experience.

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  • Roberto Cafe

    A charming Italian BYOB on South Street West

    This tasteful BYOB on South Street receives praise for its authentic Italian cuisine, befitting atmosphere and speedy, friendly service.

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  • 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.

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  • Serafina Philadelphia

    A taste of Italy in Rittenhouse Square

    Outside Serafina Philadelphia.

    After making a splash with its Northern Italy-inspired cuisine in New York City and Brazil, Serafina has made its way to Philadelphia

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  • Stogie Joe’s Tavern

    A straightforward pub for all seasons

    A no-frills bar menu and “Sundays with Sinatra” define this South Philly joint. The garage door-enclosed dining area offers open-air seating in the warmer months and a fireplace when the weather gets cool.

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  • The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

    Up and coming chefs are ready to serve

    Four distinct restaurants (International Bistro, Italian Trattoria, American Heartland, The Great Chefs of Philadelphia) feature student chefs, creative concepts and deeply discounted checks.

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  • Ulivo

    A perfectly rustic Italian BYOB

    This Italian BYOB changes it menu daily, but the satisfaction is constant. Guests enjoy the meat and fish dishes prepared with seasonal vegetables and handmade pasta.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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