The Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia

It was a months-long quest, and it took us through mountains of pasta, gallons of gravy, and more Limoncello than can possibly be healthy, but here, now, are the 30 greatest spots to eat Italian food in this city.

Philadelphia practically bleeds red, white and green. Here, Italian culture and Italian food are woven inextricably into the fabric of our lives—from the little street-corner trattoria where you drank chianti with your first love, to the neighborhood market where you buy your olives and parm and sfogliatelle, to the rollicking, endless Sunday dinners full of more characters than any Martin Scorsese film.

And that’s what we’re celebrating this month: this city’s edible Italian soul. We point you to the best places to eat, where to shop for the most authentic ingredients, what to buy and what we love. We sit down for a family dinner in South Philly, honor the institutions (and the paesanos) that have kept Old Country traditions alive across a century or more, and tell you where to find the best spaghetti and meatballs in town. So what are you waiting for? Dig in.

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  • Austin

    Did you guys stop by East Falls? No In Riva (highest rated Italian Restaurant in Philly on Yelp) or Fiorino (3rd highest rated Italian Restaurant in Philly on Yelp, 2 bells from Laban)?

  • Cathy

    I can not believe Ralph’s did not make your list. What is wrong with you people? Not only is Ralph’s a beloved Philadelphia institution, it is at the very least one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. You owe them and us an apology!! Shame on you Philadelphia magazine.

    • Karolina

      Are you serious!!! They should not call this restaurant Italian. Frozen bread and cheap disgusting olive oil on the table?!?!?! A five year old makes better meatballs then they do. It seems like you need to explore some good restaurants.

      • CNatti

        Ralph’s is the exact type of Italian restaurant I personally try to avoid. Canned red sauce places where people of bland taste rave about the chicken or veal parm.

  • I can not believe Ralph’s did not make the top 30! Really? Not only is Ralph’s a beloved Philadelphia institution it is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. What is wrong with you people? I feel you owe them and us a huge apology. Shame on you PM!!!

  • Valarie

    I assume somehow Ralph’s Italian Restaurant in Philadelphia (the oldest family owned restaurant in the country) did not make the 30 best Italian Restaurant list in Philadelphia because someone forgot to visit there and check out their food. Otherwise it would be an absolute disgrace that they didn’t make the list. Ralph’s food is fantastic. Their mussels red is excellent. The Chicken Sorrento is amazing. The Linguine Pescatore is an absolute favorite. And Ralphs’ staff is so friendly. It’s like enjoying a holiday dinner with the family, how could you not love them. Trust me…Ralph’s is definately at the top of the list for Italian Restaurant’s in Philadelphia!

  • TLF29

    Come for the recommendations and food porn, leave because every time I click on the next slide I’m brought back to the top of the page.

  • Rashad Johnson

    How about Radicchio at 4th and Wood,or South Phillys Ralph’s no mention at all what a shame .

  • Jhr84

    No scannichios?

  • Mark Shepperd

    You MUST try Gilda’s Dolce Vita in Bridgeport, PA. Gilda is a true Italian and CAN SHE COOK! Though she does not live in this house anymore, IT IS where her and her late husband raised their kids and she now runs her restaurant. It is a BYOB (no corking fee either)…and EVERYTHING is homemade…if it’s not on the menu, and you give her notice, she WILL make it for you! The ambiance is like going to your Italian Grandma’s house for Sunday dinner…the place holds no more than 50 people, white linen table cloths, candles, pictures of her family and grand-kids all around. For large groups, she recommends “family style” to taste a little bit of everything! Gilda comes out of the kitchen to personally talk to you, just to make sure you are satisfied with everything. Her Italian accent just adds to the enjoyment of eating her cooking. Cent Anni Gilda….Cent Anni!

  • Augie Kramer

    By far the most over-rated restaurant in Philly!!!