Best of Philly

Best Italian Restaurant

2018 Best Place to Score Cutlets Just Like Mom-Mom’s

Cotoletta

Cotoletta offers classic pastas, solid seafood, and a starter of provolone-and-sausage-stuffed hot peppers (the last a must-get), but really, you come here for the namesake cutlets – five varieties, made with chicken, veal or eggplant, each pounded thin and fried to perfection, all slices of pure home-style comfort. Read More »

201 Jefferson Street, Bala Cynwyd, PA | 610-660-5224 | Website

2018 Best Italian Restaurant

Vetri Cucina

Twenty years ago, Marc Vetri came onto the scene with an Italian restaurant for the ages. He taught us about the magic of braised goat, and he spooned puffy clouds of Swiss chard onto our plates and convinced us they were gnocchi. He proved to us that Italian food can look a certain way – a way we weren’t yet acquainted with, but a way we should get used to. Now, practically every restaurant in Philly braises goat and makes homemade pasta. But for whatever reason, none do it quite like Marc. Read More »

1312 Spruce Street, Philadephia, PA | 215-732-3478 | Website

2017 Best Red-Gravy Italian

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. Read More »

Multiple locations | 610-789-7770 | Website

2017 Best New Italian Restaurant

Res Ipsa

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 what you do in 2017. And while its daytime thing is all well and good, what really matters is what happens after dark, when it morphs into one of the most innovative and honest Italian BYOs in the city. Don’t miss the pasta specials and charred octopus. Read More »

2218 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-519-0329 | Website

2016 Best Red-Gravy Italian

Bona Cucina

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 for ravioli, shrimp scampi, red-gravy dishes, and a homemade cannoli that we'll gladly put up against anything in the Italian Market. Read More »

66 Sherbrook Boulevard, Upper Darby, PA | 610-623-8811

2016 Best Reason to Venture Into Trenton

Chick & Nello’s Homestead Inn

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 charcoal grill. Or, if it's Wednesday, ask for the whole veal breast special, something we can't even find in Philadelphia. Read More »

800 Kuser Road, Trenton, Trenton, NJ | 609-890-9851 | Website

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. Read More »

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

2015 Best Red-Gravy Italian Restaurant

Ralph’s

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 the red sauce to the garlic-crazy sauteed escarole. Read More »

760 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-627-6011 | Website

2015 Best Italian Restaurant

From the Boot

Winner of our Crowdsourced Champion online poll. Read More »

Locations in Lafayette Hill, Ambler, and Blue Bell Website

2015 Best New Italian Restaurant

Brigantessa

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 least as tasty as they are whimsical. Read More »

1520 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 267-318-7341 | Website

2014 Best Special

Amis

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 hands you the regular menu. Read More »

412 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-732-2647 | Website

2014 Best Italian Restaurant

Vetri

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 »

1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-732-3478 | Website

2014 Best Meatballs

Forno Antico

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 »

417 East Main Street, Collegeville, PA | 610-454-1130 | Website

2013 Best Red Sauce Italian Restaurant

Villa di Roma

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

936 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-592-1295 | Website

2013 Best Italian Restaurant

Le Virtù

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 already been. Plus, the bowl of sausage and polenta is as good as tube-shaped meats get. Read More »

1927 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-5626 | Website