Sure, you could boil some pasta shells, mix in a jar of sauce, and call it dinner, but should you? Philadelphia currently has plenty of incredible restaurants serving pasta for takeout and/or delivery. So put down the Prego for a night and support one of these 10 great spots instead.
A Mano in Fairmount is one of the most underrated Italian spots in Philly. If you haven’t been yet, now’s a good time to try it out as they’re offering both takeout and delivery. They post a menu to their Instagram every few days, and while the prepared dishes change, you can always get fresh pasta by the pound as well as sauces that range from a classic bolognese to sundried tomato and almond pesto. Call them between 2-6pm at 215-236-1114 to place an order for pickup.
On top of their $49 meals for two, Barbuzzo has a few of their pasta dishes available a la carte. We’re especially into the spring vegetable pasta, which is covered in a buttery broccoli-walnut pesto, and the rigatoni with Sunday supper pork ragu. You could also turn dinner into date night by adding on a salted caramel budino and maybe even a couple of their pre-mixed cocktails. Place an order for delivery here or for pickup here.
We know you only have one question about Cry Baby’s takeout menu and, yes, the “Chicken Riggies” is on it. If you haven’t had the vodka sauce, pancetta, and smoked chicken combo yet, you should know it’s a miracle-worker for getting you out of a bad mood. The rest of the pasta dishes are great too, and they offer take-home kits for their rigatoni and meatballs if you want to have dinner for a few nights. Place your order for pickup here.
Considering Fiorella only opened about a month before we all had to quarantine, and it was almost impossible to get into then, we’re guessing there’s a good chance you never got to sit at the tiny Italian Market bar. Fortunately, they’re selling a bunch of fresh pasta for takeout that’s ready to cook. A one-pound bag of rigatoni, mafaldine, or tonnarelli is $12, and you can add basil pesto, cacio e pepe sauce, and sausage ragu by the cup. Place your order for pickup here, and make sure to put it in early (ordering opens at 9am) because they sell out fast.
High Street On Market isn’t an Italian restaurant, but they do serve some bowls of pasta that have single-handedly been getting us through quarantine. They offer three different kinds, but the one we keep ordering (so often that we’ve made friends with the delivery guy) is the bucatini carbonara with cured yolk, parmesan, and asparagus. To place your order (and form your own lasting friendship with a cool delivery guy named Franco) click here.
Almost every time we try to go to Murph’s, we show up and find out that the wait for the five tables in the back is around two hours. Now that eating inside this Fishtown pub isn’t even an option, they’re selling some of their giant, old-school Italian dishes to go. This includes the lobster ravioli - it’s so good it should probably be a controlled substance. Find the current menu (including beer and wine) on their Instagram, and call them at 215-425-1847 to place your order for pickup.
Osteria has three different family meal options for two or four people that range from $20 to $32 per person, and include house-made ciabatta, an appetizer, an entree, dessert, and - of course - pasta. If you’re not looking to share, you can also get one of their five pasta dishes a la carte, and we highly recommend the francobolli filled with mushroom, thyme, and robiola cheese. It’s been on the menu since they opened and is the number one reason why we love this place. You can place an order for delivery here or takeout here.
While we wish we could have Trattoria Carina’s cacio e pepe at one of their sidewalk two-tops, eating it on our fire escape is good enough for us. In addition to prepared pasta dishes like gemelli with pistachio pesto and spaghetti and meatballs, you can also buy some fresh pasta and sauce kits that will feed two or four people.
We miss sitting at one of the tables in the super crowded dining room at Ralph’s. But until going out to restaurants is a thing again, we’re happy to eat all of their old-school Italian food from our bed. Every pasta dish here is excellent, from the spaghetti in red gravy to fettuccine alfredo to baked manicotti. And because the portions are so huge, you can expect to have lunch (and maybe even dinner) for the next day. To place an order for takeout, call them at 215-627-6011.
Via Locusta is a great special-occasion spot that normally doesn’t do takeout, so it’s an ideal place to order from when you’re forced to celebrate your 30th birthday in your living room. Their to-go menu has eight different prepared pastas, including the incredible lamb casarecce - as well as fresh pasta and premade sauces by the pound. Check out the full menu here, and place your order for takeout here or delivery here.