Best Pho, Ramen, Pasta and Other Noodles in Philly

Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin

Pho Ha | Photo by Claudia Gavin

So many noodles in so many forms. From Asian to Italian, from quick lunches, to luxurious dinners, here are the best noodle dishes in Philadelphia, culled from Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly issue.

Best Pho in Philadelphia

Pho Ha
Pho is super-abundant in Philly these days, but Pho Ha’s aromatic broths and oily chili paste lift it to the top ranks. 610 Washington Avenue, East Passyunk, 215-599-0264.
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Learn To Cook From Marc Vetri (And Friends)

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Team Vetri just released their schedule of September cooking classes at Osteria and in the new upstairs room at Vetri. So if you’ve ever wanted to have Marc Vetri show you how to make pasta (or have him and his dad Sal teach you the secrets of a proper Sunday supper), you should probably get over to the ticketing site and make your reservations now.

And hey, Vetri isn’t the only one playing teacher in September. Jeff Michaud is doing classes on Pizza and Italian bar snacks. Brad Daniels is hand-rolling pasta. Adam Leonti is making risotto. Ian Brendle is coming in to do an end-of-summer dinner. Brad Spence is doing a class on “cucina casalinga” (housewife cuisine and Italian soul food, more or less). And on Tuesday, September 16, 10 lucky folks will get to be among the first to try the food from Lo Spiedo when chef Scott Calhoun crops by to do some menu testing. That one should be awesome.

September Cooking Classes at Vetri and Osteria [Official]

Del Posto’s Mark Ladner Coming To Osteria

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It’s another Culinary Culture Swap dinner at Osteria, and this time around, the crew is hosting Mark Ladner of the Batali/Bastianich super-restaurant, Del Posto.

Together, Ladner, chef Jeff Michaud and the whole Osteria team will be putting out a 4-course tour of northern and southern Italy. The dinner starts at 6:30 on May 13. Reservations are $85 and can be secured by calling Osteria Philly at 215-763-0920.

Oh, and we just happen to have the menu, too…

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It’s another “Culinary Culture Swap” Dinner At Osteria

smillieBack in February, the Osteria team invited Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman–the team behind Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy in Memphis–into their kitchen for a dinner that they pitched as a “Culinary Culture Swap.” That one went pretty well, so now it looks like they’re doing it again.

On Wednesday night, Justin Smillie will be in the house at Osteria. He’s coming in from NYC, where he now runs the show at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria after years spent training with Jonathan Waxman. Together, he and the Osteria cooks will be putting out a special 4 course dinner for $85 (tax, tip and booze not included).

Il Buco specializes in house-cured meats and home-baked breads, so odds are good that some of those will show up on the board. And as for Osteria? Well, we already know what they do well. Seating is limited, but there are still a few tickets left. If you’re into getting a taste of the Big Apple without hopping on a train, you know what to do.

Justin Smillie dinner at Osteria [Get tickets here]

Osteria vs. Amis in a Culinary Cage Match

Photo by Michael Gruber

Alla Spina hosts a Culinary Cage Match | Photo by Michael Gruber

On Wednesday, February 26th Alla Spina is hosting a “Culinary Cage Match” featuring Osteria’s Brad Daniels and Jeff Michaud versus Ned Maddock and Brad Spence of Amis.

The chefs will each be given four ingredients and tasked with coming up with a four-course meal that will featured one of the challenge ingredients in each course. The dinner is open to the public (maxes out at 20) and costs $65, including beverage pairings. The diners will also get to vote in order to determine the winning chef.

Call Alla Spina for reservations, 215-600-0017. 

Alla Spina [Foobooz]

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