Best of Philly

Best Italian Restaurant

2014 BEST Meatballs

Forno Antico

Sure, this place does great Neapolitan pizza, but these days, who doesn’t? The real draw is the amazing, juicy, saucy beef meatballs. Order them as the side dish to whatever it is you’re having.

417 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA | 610-454-1130 | Website


2014 BEST Italian Restaurant

Vetri

1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

What’ll it take to knock Marc Vetri’s flagship out of this top spot? We don’t know maybe some sort of apocalyptic continental drift that rams Italy’s boot halfway up the Schuylkill? His new second-floor dining space only makes an experience here that much more personal. Read more »

2014 BEST Special

Amis

412 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Every week, the chefs at Amis pick out one of God’s creatures (shark! Goat! Crab!), break it down, and serve it in a variety of delicious and creative ways, whether tucked into pasta or as a simple crudo app. Have faith in this kitchen crew and just say “Beast of Amis” before the waiter even… Read more »

2013 BEST Italian Restaurant

Le Virtù

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

This Abruzzo-focused Italian restaurant takes the prize in a city full of Italian restaurants because weve never had a bad meal, a bad time or even a bad moment here. There’s always just one more thing on the menu you have to try the next time you come in no matter how many times youve… Read more »

2013 BEST Red Sauce Italian Restaurant

Villa di Roma

936 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The quintessential old-school Italian restaurant, where the waitresses are as saucy as the plates of rigatoni. Read more »

2012 BEST New Italian Restaurant

Zeppoli

618 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ

Is it weird that the Best of Philly New Italian Restaurant winner is in ? New Jersey? Go there, and then ask us that question. Read more »

2011 BEST New Italian Restaurant

Monsu Restaurant

901 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA

Peter McAndrews’s rough and rustic Italian Market ode to the tempestuous culinary history of Sicily is a complicated mix of the high-toned and the lowbrow, offering everything from wine-braised pork shank to French snails. Sound too challenging? Just shut up, sit down, order the arancia with short-rib ragu or sausage lasagna with raisins and cinnamon,… Read more »

2010 BEST Old-School Italian Restaurant

Dante and Luigi’s

762 South 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA

When your cousins visiting from out West ask to see the real Italian joints in the city, dress them up and bring them to the corner of 10th and Catharine, order anything with “gravy Corona di Ferro,” and, just as they’re tucking into their manicotti, lean over, point to a corner, and say, “I hear… Read more »

2009 BEST Italian Restaurant (Classic)

L’Angolo

1415 West Porter Street, Philadelphia, PA

Here are a couple of musts when eating at this South Philly stalwart: You must make reservations. You must bring your own wine. You must order the antipasto, which has a changing selection of heavenly veggies sweet potato souffl, fried eggplant, marinated mushrooms. And you must split everything, so you can try it all: orecchiette… Read more »

2009 BEST Italian Restaurant (Upscale)

Vetri

1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

In 1998, Marc Vetri opened the doors to his comfortable, elegant dining room on Spruce Street and changed the Philadelphia food scene forever. His protgs have peeled off and opened fabulous restaurants of their own, but for the second consecutive year Vetri remains the standard-bearer of contemporary fine dining, from the considered wine list to… Read more »