LaScala's

615 Chestnut Street (corner of 7th & Chestnut).

215/928-0900

Hours:

Reservations accepted and large parties welcome. Free parking weekdays after 3pm and all day on weekends.

LaScala’s, located in the heart of Historical Philadelphia, offers a vast menu of Italian American Home-style Dishes. Chef’s famous recipes include Homemade Ravioli & Gnocchi, Chicken Parmesan, Pan Roasted Shrimp & Scallops, Mediterranean Seafood Salad, Eggplant Rollantini and much more. LaScala’s is also known as the home of award-winning “Apollo” Pizza & Stromboli. LaScala’s just around the corner from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Constitution Center, and U.S. Mint. There is a full bar and extensive wine list available. LaScala’s serves lunch & dinner, features indoor and outdoor café style dining.

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

Restaurant and Wine Bar. 2nd & Walnut Sts.

215/238-0499

Hours:

Open 7 days for Lunch & Dinner. Valet Parking. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 5:00-7:00pm. BYOB Sundays & Mondays in the dining room. Moderately priced. Plenty of space for large parties.

Enjoy the luxuries and pleasures of the Amalfi Coast in Italy right in Old City Philadelphia. From the cobalt blue floor, to the spectacular life-sized postcards to the contemporary menu, when you step into Positano Coast, you will need to catch your breath. Serving inspired Italian cuisine, Positano Coast welcomes guests to sample delicious selections from the menu, including the freshest fish and seafood, the must have “Crudo”(the Italian version of sashimi) and creative variations of classic Italian dishes. Second floor patio and terrace dining during warmer weather.

La Fourno Ristorante Trattoria

636 South Street

215/627-9000

Hours:

Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 11:30-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:30pm.

Awarded by both AOL City Guide and Philadelphia City Search as “One of Philly’s best Italian Restaurants.” Italian food is as varied as the land and the people. At La Fourno, you will taste truly remarkable, authentically prepared dishes from Abruzzo, Umbria & Tuscany. From Antipasti to dolci to wine and spirits, everything is affordably priced. The atmosphere warm and cozy, and the service is outstanding. Make your next meal an experience to remember!

Porta

Porta lifted its name from an old Italian proverb which translates to “The door is always open>” They’re committed to the art of authentic Neapolitan pizza making.  They offer a dozen different Neapolitan pies from ovens made in Naples, plus salads, pastas, risotto, and housemade cheeses. Craft cocktails, wine by the glass and craft beers too! Open Mon-Thu noon to 11pm, Fri noon-2am, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-11pm.

Ralph's Italian Restaurant

760 S 9th St.

215/627-6011.

Ralph’s has been in business since 1900. Five generations of the same family have owned and operated the restaurant since its inception. One hundred years later, they work as hard as Francesco Dispigno and his son Ralph did to maintain the tradition that has been built for a century. Others may claim it, but Ralph’s is the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in the country. Everything is made to order with the finest ingredients used in recipes that have been passed down from one generation to another. Nightly specials. Room available for parties up for 60 persons. Lunch and dinner daily.

J&J South Philly Pizza

Located at the most exciting intersection in South Philly, J&J’s serves Philly’s greatest pizza plus a huge selection of cheesesteaks, hoagies, panzarotti, and much, much more! No visit to Philly is complete without a trip to J&J’s! Open Sunday-Thu 8am-12am, Fri and Sat 8am-1am.

Barra Rossa

Barra Rossa is a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy. The lively atmosphere is perfect for sharing a meal with friends or family. All your favorite Italian dishes are here along with wood-fired Neopolitan pizza made from scratch, and we have a full menu, including beer, for gluten free diners. We are almost always able to accommodate large parties (even last minute) and are steps away from both the Walnut Street and Forrest Theaters, and only 4 blocks from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Open for lunch daily 11-4, Dinner 4-10 Monday through Thursday, 4-11 Friday and Saturday, 4-9 Sunday.

Valanni Restaurant & Lounge

1229 Spruce St.

215/790-9494

Hours:

Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10:30 pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm, Sun 5-10pm. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-6pm. Sultry Sunday brunch,11am-3:30pm. Lounge menu until 1am, and DJs on select nights.

Valanni offers distinctive Mediterranean cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails in an inviting neighborhood restaurant that is located only one block from the Avenue of the Arts. R. Evan Turney, executive chef, seizes all the exotic tastes and flavors of Mediterranean and Latin countries to create a distinct dining experience. Enjoy classics like paella and vegetarian tapas, as well as signature specialties such as walnut crusted duck breast with coffee cocoa spiced glaze and mussels with chipotle chile, basil and charred tomato broth.

Mercato

1216 Spruce St.

215/985/BYOB

Hours:

Mercato is a cash only BYOB, open seven days a week: Mon-Thurs 5-10:30pm; Fri, Sat 5-11pm; Sun 5-10pm. Mercato does not accept reservations.

Located in a beautiful historic building. Mercato is a new BYOB that focuses on market-fresh food. While the menu has Italian accents such as orecchiette- a fresh pasta dish with meatballs, sweet sausage, broccoli rabe and red gravy- and the lobster and shrimp pyramid pasta with asparagus and parmesan brown butter it is not limited to strictly Italian cuisine.

Dante and Luigi’s

Corner of 10th and Catherine Sts.

215/922-9501

Hours:

Tues-Thurs 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri 11:30am- 10:30pm, Sat 3pm-10:30pm, Sun 3pm-9:30pm.

Reservations must be made by phone.

Philadelphia’s oldest restaurant established in 1899. Winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly 2010”. Operating continually for 112 years, serving traditional homemade dishes, including their 20oz. veal chop and specialty osso buco, making this a “MUST STOP”. Come dine in a charming old world parlor atmosphere of yesterday. Private room for parties up to 50.