Ciao Bella: The Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia

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Seriously, who doesn’t love Italian food? From the creamy, truffle-spiked dishes of the north to the citrus-laden seafood of the coast, Italian food wows the palate and warms the soul. Whether you are headed out with your folks, your better half or a gaggle of your best buds, dine at one of these Philly restaurants for a rustic meal that will win everyone over.

1 Vetri Ristorante

Mention Italian cooking in Philly, and the name Vetri is the first response. Chef Marc Vetri's first and still most famous restaurant has been seducing patrons for more than 10 years, and is still winning us over. Called one of the best Italian restaurants in America by Bon Appetit, the creative dishes, quality ingredients and to-die-for pastas of this tiny, 35-seat dining room are a special treat.

1312 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107


2 Modo Mia

Simple and sweet, Modo Mio doesn't pretend to be something it's not. Cash only. BYOB. A little loud at times. But the food ... well, the food is something to be enjoyed. Pick from a wide variety of authentic dishes, or go for the "menu turista" and get the best of everything.

161 West Girard Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19123


3 Villa di Roma

Philadelphia is home to the Italian Market, so there's no surprise that the Italian Market would be home to one of the top 5. This old school spot is classic South Philly, with a popular red "gravy" award-winning meatballs and a house salad with a cult following. The crowds can get a little crazy, but just roll with it. It will be worth it in the end.

936 South Ninth St.

Philadelphia, PA 19147


4 La Famiglia Ristorante

From the terra cotta marble floors to the unique iron-trimmed chandeliers, La Famiglia feels like you are feet from the Spanish Steps. Thankfully, the menu lives up to the vibe, with gourmet takes on classic ingredients, all plated beautifully. Add a good bottle of wine and a post-supper stroll along the river for a romantic evening.

8 South Front St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106


5 Dante & Luigi's

Another Italian Market favorite, but a whole different vibe. The soaring ceilings and stunning windows of this converted townhouse mix charm with class. The menu does the same, taking Old World favorites up a notch with killer sauces and great cuts of meat. Oh, and there's free Chianti at lunch. Enough said.

762 South 10th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19147


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