Ralph’s of South Philly Opens Today

Ralph’s of South Philly, the King of Prussia off-shoot of the country’s oldest Italian restaurant opens today, Thursday October 11, in the Sheraton Valley Forge. The brand new hotel, which opened in September, houses the Second Coming of one of Philadelphia’s most iconic restaurants. Ralph’s of South Philly will be a more modern, contemporary version of its predecessor, serving both Ralph’s classics and new dishes.

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America’s Oldest Italian Restaurant Opening in King of Prussia

Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, which recently inherited the title of oldest Italian restaurant in America thanks to the closing of San Francisco’s Fior D’Italia, is opening another location. This time the Philadelphia classic is opening its doors in King of Prussia. If that wasn’t odd enough, it’s opening in the new 180-room Sheraton Valley Forge.

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America’s Oldest Italian Restaurant Is Now Ralph’s

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Fior D’Italia, America’s oldest Italian restaurant has closed its doors after 126 years. The San Francisco restaurant closed on May 21st after first opening up in 1886. Originally the restaurant was located on Broadway in San Fran, but when it burned down a few years later it made a few hops around town before landing at a new spot until 2005.

When that location was also struck by fire the restaurant was forced to move again and partner Trudy Audieri says the move may be partially to blame for the closing. Today’s weak economy further hurt the restaurant, leaving a gap in American-Italian and foodie history.

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