In 1959, Dwight Eisenhower was president, Hawaii and Alaska officially became states, and Santucci’s opened in the Italian Market. And after 60 years, they still make an extremely good pizza. Their pies are square, with sweet, bright-red tomato sauce and just the right amount of mozzarella cheese. You should go in person to their original Italian Market location, but they deliver from all four of their Philly locations. They also now have three locations down the Shore, just in case you get tired of going to Manco & Manco’s every single night.
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Alma Del Mar
Alma del Mar is a great Mexican restaurant in the Italian Market with lots of seafood options.
Sarcone’s in the Italian Market is where all the good cheesesteak places get their rolls, but they also have good pizza and desserts.
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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Pizza Shackamaxon is a slice shop on Girard with big, floppy pizzas and excellent tomato pie.
Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
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Blue Corn Restaurant
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria
Tacconelli’s is a reservation and cash-only spot in Port Richmond serving crispy, thin crust pizzas.
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