Best of Philly

Best Italian Restaurant

2016 BEST New Italian Restaurant

A Mano

Townsend Wentz and his chef, Michael Millon, want people to think that A Mano is just some little neighborhood Italian restaurant. But don’t be fooled. A Mano is really a poor man’s Vetri — a place where remarkable precision and care are brought to classic Italian pastas and entrées, resulting in something uniquely modern and uniquely Philadelphian.

2244 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-236-1114 | Website

2016 BEST Reason to Venture Into Trenton

Chick & Nello’s Homestead Inn

800 Kuser Road, Trenton, Trenton, NJ

For decades, you had to rely on the waiters to recite what’s available. Now they’ve finally gotten menus, but don’t bother: We’ll just tell you that you want linguine with the "primo" sauce (a combination of pork ragu and oil-and-garlic sauces), some baked clams, an antipasti salad, and a veal chop cooked on a real… Read more »

2015 BEST New Italian Restaurant


1520 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Roasted long hots, wood-grilled artichokes, octopus salad and Portuguese sardines rise up in mounds on a bar that sets a new standard for antipasti. And that’s before you get a craft beer and a Dr. Seuss-Goes-to-Naples pizza pie this one shaped like a star, that one like a tennis racket, and all of them at… Read more »

2015 BEST Italian Restaurant

From the Boot

Locations in Lafayette Hill, Ambler, and Blue Bell

Winner of our Crowdsourced Champion online poll. Read more »

2014 BEST Meatballs

Forno Antico

417 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA

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. Read more »

2014 BEST Italian Restaurant


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


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


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 »

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