Best of Philly

Best Italian Restaurant

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


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. View Profile »

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

2018 Best Italian Restaurant

Vetri Cucina

1312 Spruce Street, Philadephia, PA Website

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, […] Read more »

2017 Best Red-Gravy Italian


Multiple locations Website

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 […] Read more »

2017 Best New Italian Restaurant

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 Red-Gravy Italian

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 Reason to Venture Into Trenton

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 New Italian Restaurant

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 Red-Gravy Italian Restaurant


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 Italian Restaurant

From the Boot

Locations in Lafayette Hill, Ambler, and Blue Bell Website

Winner of our Crowdsourced Champion online poll. Read more »

2015 Best New Italian Restaurant


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 Special


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 Italian Restaurant


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 Meatballs

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 Red Sauce Italian Restaurant

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 Italian Restaurant

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 »