You’ll probably encounter a few tourists when you go to Ralph’s, but that’s kind of fair seeing as it’s one of the oldest Italian restaurants in the country (it opened its doors in 1900). You really feel like you’re stepping back in time, from the little tables all crammed together to the black and white photos hanging on the green tile and floral wallpapered walls, and the food is the sam way. Expect big portions of everything from spaghetti to shrimp scampi that you probably won’t be able to finish. On the plus side, you’ll have lunch for the next week.
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Sarcone’s in the Italian Market is where all the good cheesesteak places get their rolls, but they also have good pizza and desserts.
Casa Mexico is a small Italian Market spot from the people behind South Philly Barbacoa.
Koukouzeli is a Greek spot in the Italian Market that’s good for a take-out gyro or casual lunch during the week.
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Joe Leone’s Italian Specialty Store
Joe Leone’s is the best place to stop for lunch or load your cooler up before a day at the beach in Point Pleasant. Make sure to get the eggplant pie.
Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
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Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
Mr. Martino’s Trattoria
Mr. Martino’s Trattoria is a cash-only Italian BYOB that’s only open three days a week.
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