Sink Your Fork into the 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia

Do you love Italian food? At 10Best, we do too, and that's why we dedicated ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in Philadelphia. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of Philadelphia restaurants. After collecting opinions, sampling dishes, and tabulating the results, we share the places that get great buzz, like Modo Mio, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like Vetri Ristorante. We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in Philadelphia - South Philly, for instance - so that when the craving hits for a delicious Italian entree, side dish, salad or dessert, we'll make sure you get your fix. If you're tired of your regular Italian hotspot and want to try something new, check out the options here to help you mix it up a bit. Dinner should never be boring or mediocre. It should also be enjoyed in a place that offers you the atmosphere that suits you best, and a decor that is compatible with what you like. With so many choices in Philadelphia, it's not difficult to find a place, or more than one place, that beckons you back, meal after meal. So polish up your fork and see if your favorite Italian dining spot is on our list.

Res Ipsa


Stop by this great little restaurant during the day and you'll love the simple yet authentic Italian breakfast and lunch options. For a true Italian, this is heaven. When dinnertime rolls around, the place turns into the amazing new place you...  Read More

Washington Square


An open kitchen and a garden add to the homey Italian vibe of this Washington Square West eatery. Chef Marcie Turney churns out pasta dishes and traditional Italian entrees that satisfy and comfort. Treat yourself to a dish such as their...  Read More

Ralph's Italian Restaurant


Ralph's is a South Philly institution, and has been in business since 1900. Four Generations of the same family have owned and operated the restaurant since Its it opened 115 years ago. It is the oldest family-run restaurant in the country, they...  Read More

La Famiglia


At La Famiglia, old-world cuisine is paired with old-world service to create a true Italian dining experience. For starters, the focus is on seafood � try the garlic-saut�ed shrimp or seafood in red sauce. Pastas include tagliolini...  Read More



This Washington Square West eatery is designed to resemble a Roman-style trattoria, and their food is said to be inspired by the rustic cooking of Rome. Hungry Philadelphians will find delicious bruschetta starters, salumi, pasta dishes like...  Read More

North Philadelphia


Marc Vetri, the talent behind Center City's award-winning Vetri Ristorante, brings his world-renowned cooking to the city's emerging restaurant row on North Broad Street. Osteria carries a more casual, bistro vibe than its fine-dining older...  Read More

East Falls


Visitors and regulars agree that this restaurant delivers when it comes to delicious Italian food. Located in East Falls, it has a distinctly neighborhood feel, while still being able to compete with Center City eateries quite well. Reserve your...  Read More



Gracing the East Passayunk neighborhood is Le Virtu, a restaurant inspired by all of the best qualities of Abruzzo, Italy. From farm-fresh ingredients obtained from nearby Lancaster, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the way they serve their dishes...  Read More

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Located in the Penn's View Hotel, this restaurant has always been well known not only for its traditional Italian cuisine, but for its record-setting number of wines by the glass (120 at last count), which you can sample in any number of themed...  Read More



With only 35 seats, this nationally acclaimed restaurant is booked one to two months in advance, so call way ahead for reservations. Chef-owner Marc Vetri prepares elegant "new" Italian cuisine, served only as a prix fixe menu for $135....  Read More