The Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia

The OpenTable Team

Philadelphia is full of Italian influence and history. Since the 18th century, Italian music, art, and food have been enriching the culture of Philly, from Germantown to Chestnut Hill. So, it’s no surprise to learn that there are hundreds of eateries offering Mediterranean fare with influences from Sicily to Milan. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Philadelphia eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 18. We’ve culled the data to find the best Italian restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. There are some amazing Italian joints on both sides of the Delaware River. Discover decades of experience and culinary heritage combined with warm and welcoming settings in the heart of the Old City. Check out these restaurants for some of the best Italian food around.

Restaurants:Little Nonna's, Cucina Forte, Ristorante La Buca
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian
Neighborhoods:Center City, South Philly
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Little Nonna's

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
2,867 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Midtown’s Little Nonna’s is all about home comforts, from the kitsch and charming décor to the smells of simmering gravy and garlic shrimp. There’s a great value tasting menu, and Read more
95% recommended
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Cucina Forte

$$$$·Italian·
South Philly
376 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
Maria Forte invites diners to join her and her team for some dishes inspired by the same traditions her mother followed. Serving gluten-free pasta, this quaint BYO stands between HRead more
100% recommended

Ristorante La Buca

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
921 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
This Washington Square Italian restaurant is a prime eating spot for theater patrons and other folks exploring the area. A subterranean space that literally translates as “The HoleRead more
97% recommended

D'Angelo's Ristorante Italiano

$$$$·Italian·
Rittenhouse Square
653 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
An Italian restaurant based on generations of family recipes, now shared with hungry diners in and around Rittenhouse Square. A multiple “Best of Philly” award winner, diners returRead more
98% recommended

Saloon Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
South Philly
1,251 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Embellished glass, leaded windows, and a unique statue are just some of the unusual aspects of quirky décor at this Philadelphia institution. For five decades, Saloon has been servRead more
97% recommended
Italian in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

La Famiglia Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Old City
1,580 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
When looking for the best Italian in Philadelphia, diners want experience, heritage and above all, superb food. La Famiglia delivers all this and more. It’s no understatement to saRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Philadelphia

La Fontana Della Citta

$$$$·Italian·
Rittenhouse Square
1,172 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Just to the east of Rittenhouse Square stands an Italian BYOB boasting fine cuisine made with top-shelf ingredients. The corner entrance and bowl porch makes this venue stand out fRead more
91% recommended

Pietro's Italian - South

$$$$·Italian·
South Philly
209 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
A pizza place with six decades of experience, Pietro’s on South Street is full of Italian passion and flavor. A closely guarded family recipe combined with coal ovens is the secretRead more
88% recommended

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti

$$$$·Italian·
Old City
2,435 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
A startlingly bright and airy environment awaits diners at Positano Coast. Inspired by the Italian Amalfi region, white sofas contrast with bright fruit motifs on the wall for a trRead more
94% recommended

Bar Amis

$$$$·Italian·
South Philly
598 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Happy Hour
Part of one of the most dynamic waterfront areas in Philadelphia, this Broad Street branch of the Amis brand boasts an extensive outdoor dining area. Inside, white tiled walls and Read more
91% recommended
Outdoor Eating in Philadelphia

In Riva

$$$$·Italian·
East Falls
1,178 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Dark wood and an exposed ceiling make for a moody yet quirky vibe in this Ridge Avenue Italian joint right on the water’s edge. The outside eating area embraces a feeling of urban Read more
94% recommended
Outdoor Eating in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Davio's - Philadelphia

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
3,420 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
A North Italian style steakhouse just off the fashionable Rittenhouse Row, Davio’s has won award after award and our diners know the reason why. With its roots in Boston, Davio’s fRead more
94% recommended

The Victor Cafe - Philadelphia

$$$$·Italian·
South Philly
3,264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Wooden chairs, red checkered tablecloths, and operatic memorabilia across the walls make the atmosphere of The Victor feel very traditional and homey. A part of Philadelphia’s liviRead more
100% recommended
Best Ambience in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Caffe Aldo Lamberti

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Cherry Hill
1,146 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Just a few miles out of Philadelphia, this Cherry Hill Italian has a classic exterior with yellow parasols adorning the outdoor area. The inside is much more up-to-date, with a conRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambience in New Jersey Suburbs

Macaroni's Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Northeast Philly
1,038 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Macaroni’s pride themselves on “Old world values, new world inspiration,” and according to our diners, that means great-looking, great-tasting Italian cuisine dished out in a smallRead more
96% recommended

Il Villaggio

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Hill
1,295 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Cherry Hill is a prime destination for lovers of Italian food. Il Villaggio manages to remain a standout choice thanks to its Old World ideals and excellent menu. Food is beautifulRead more
91% recommended
Best Ambience in New Jersey Suburbs

Amici Ristorante - Cherry Hill

$$$$·Italian·
Cherry Hill
638 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
Opened by a chef with a background in New York’s exclusive fine-dining scene, Amici combines Italian tastes with modern presentation for crowd-pleasing results. Diners keep coming Read more
94% recommended

Bar Lucca

$$$$·Italian·
Conshohocken
987 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Influenced by the culture of northwest Tuscany, Bar Lucca in the riverside borough of Conshohocken is the best Italian in Philadelphia for street-side outdoor dining with a neighboRead more
94% recommended