The Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia » Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia: Melograno
It’s tough to exist as an identified upscale Italian restaurant in a city where the food scene was more or less built on the backs of a few well-known upscale Italian restaurants. And yet one look at the crowds flocking to Melograno on a busy Friday night and you might wonder why Roman-born chef Gianluca Demontis isn’t mentioned alongside guys like Marc Vetri and Peter McAndrews more often. The answer is this: Melograno, with its fragrant fritturina and pork/veal/beef polpette with gorgonzola fondue, is essentially a neighborhood restaurant. It’s just one that happens to serve a very specific (and well-heeled) neighborhood extremely well.
Don’t miss: The gamberoni—sautéed shrimp over polenta with gorgonzola sauce. The combination of creamy sauce, warm starch and sweet shrimp is exactly as good as it sounds.
Eat at one of the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia:
Melograno, 2012 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, 215-875-8116.