Best of Philly

Best Pasta

2015 BEST Pasta


The chicken liver rigatoni has the most fanatical boosters, but don’t miss the seasonal specials, like the gemelli with green beans and basil pesto, or the sweet pea ravioli with mortadella mousse.

640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-763-0920 | Website

2014 BEST Spaghetti

Pizzeria Stella

420 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Get a half-order if you can’t resist filling your belly with the pies, but be sure not to miss the simplest thing on this menu: the handmade spaghetti pomodoro with buttery and light tomato sauce and basil. Read more »

2014 BEST Upscale Pasta

Le Virtu

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Whether you want taccozzette as delicate as cashmere or a four-foot-long spaghetti tube with out-and-out bounce, Joe Cicala knows how to roll the dough. Read more »

2012 BEST Pasta

Le Virtù

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

From four-foot-long noodles to smoked gnocchi and silken tagliatelle slicked with rabbit sugo, Joe Cicala rolls and stretches his dough with a rare (yet affordable) touch. Read more »

2011 BEST Pasta

Pizzeria Stella

2nd and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Such a simple thing just a handful of little shrimp, scraps of guanciale, ragged bits of tomato, some chilies and a few loops of calamarata pasta. And yet to sit down before this bowl and take a bite is to understand the true meaning of what it is to cook and serve pasta. Read more »

2010 BEST Pasta

Le Virtù

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

How can you choose between chef Luciana Spurio’s fresh fazzoletti “handkerchiefs” with rich duck ragu, the feathery crepes layered with itty-bitty meatballs, or the paper-thin pappardelle? Take our advice: Bring a crowd, and order ’em all. Read more »