Instead of serving dishes à la carte, James-Beard-award-winning chef Marc Vetri offers a four-course tasting menu for $155 in his upscale dining room just off Broad Street. Located in the former home of Georges Perrier’s legendary Le Bec Fin, the gourmet menu includes Italian-focused dishes such as porcelet chops, Swiss chard gnocchi with brown butter and a chocolate polenta soufflé. As long as you’re splurging, you might as well add a full or partial wine or beer tasting to your experience.
When you’re craving the kind of hearty grub that can only be found in Italy, the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia won’t disappoint. This city, which is steeped in Italian traditions, takes its Italian food seriously—whether its a simple bowl of red-sauce pasta or an elaborate Sicilian seafood stew. Follow this guide to find the very best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia—from the Italian Market to Fishtown—then follow up your meal with a strong cup of java at one of our Italian coffee shops. Philadelphia is also known for decadent Italian desserts (think: fresh biscotti and ricotta-cream-filled cannoli) which are baked fresh daily at some of the best bakeries Philadelphia has to offer.
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