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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Koukouzeli is a Greek spot in the Italian Market that’s good for a take-out gyro or casual lunch during the week.
Blue Corn Restaurant
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
Sarcone’s in the Italian Market is where all the good cheesesteak places get their rolls, but they also have good pizza and desserts.
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Brigantessa is a two-floor Italian spot on East Passyunk that has good, cheap pizza and wine.
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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