Best of Philly

Best Italian Restaurant

2017 Best New Italian Restaurant

Pica’s

Tiny Fey loves the pizza—for good reason—but that’s just the start of this stalwart’s appeal. The pastas are all made in-house, the escarole soup cures illness, and the meatballs are as good as any made in South Philly. It’s the plate of roasted peppers the waitress plunks down at the start of every meal, though, that entices you back again and again and again.

Multiple locations | 610-789-7770 | Website

2017 Best Res Ipsa

Res Ipsa

2218 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Three Fishtown operators—Mark Corpus and Mark Capriotti from ReAnimator Coffee and Tyler Akin of Stock—decided to open an all-day cafe in Center City, because that’s […] Read more »

2016 Best Bona Cucina

Bona Cucina

66 Sherbrook Boulevard, Upper Darby, PA Website

At this 31-year-old cash-only BYOB, charming Frankie will take your order while her husband Pat cooks in the tiny kitchen — and never emerges. Come […] Read more »

2016 Best Chick & Nello’s Homestead Inn

Chick & Nello’s Homestead Inn

800 Kuser Road, Trenton, Trenton, NJ Website

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 […] Read more »

2016 Best A Mano

A Mano

2244 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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. […] Read more »

2015 Best Ralph’s

Ralph’s

760 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

One hundred and 15 years after it moved into its current digs, Ralph’s is part restaurant, part museum, and 100 percent genuine Philly — from […] Read more »

2015 Best From the Boot

From the Boot

Locations in Lafayette Hill, Ambler, and Blue Bell Website

Winner of our Crowdsourced Champion online poll. Read more »

2015 Best Brigantessa

Brigantessa

1520 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Amis

Amis

412 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Vetri

Vetri

1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Forno Antico

Forno Antico

417 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best Villa di Roma

Villa di Roma

936 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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

2013 Best Le Virtù

Le Virtù

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2012 Best Zeppoli

Zeppoli

618 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ Website

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 Monsu Restaurant

Monsu Restaurant

901 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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, […] Read more »