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Philadelphia italian Restaurant Reviews

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Welcome to our Philadelphia italian restaurant reviews guide where you'll find top restaurants off the beaten path, both locally owned and chain. In fact, some of the best restaurants in the Philadelphia just might be the little mom and pop operations flying under the radar. For some of the best picks in Philadelphia, you've come to the right place.

Our Philadelphia restaurant reviews guide can help you make sense of the thousands of options out there. Happy eating!

Also check out our Best Restaurants in Philadelphia 2016 Guide

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Fratelli's Italian Bistro

 5 star(s)  (06/04/2013)
“on a recent trip to Philly to to catch a couple of ball games a small group of us happened upon Fratelli's. We went in for a drink and some lunch. Well, lunch was so good we decided to have dinner that evening before the game. Everyone was more than happy with our meals. The wait staff was superb,we... ”

Adriano's Cucina Italiana

 5 star(s)  (03/18/2013)
“My favorite neighborhood restaurant. Good menu, accommodating wait staff, reasonable prices. Get place to just drop in or have a party.”

Adriano's Cucina Italiana

 5 star(s)  (02/10/2012)

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 5 star(s)  (01/19/2012)
“We wanted to try a BYOB restaurant close by so we purchased a certificate on groupon. Not only was the service excellent, but our meal was incredibly delicious!! We typically drive into town when we want good tasting authentic food...this was amazing without the drive or hassel of parking! I would ... ”

Cafe Longano

 4 star(s)  (12/29/2011)
“the food was good and service was real good”

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 5 star(s)  (06/11/2011)
“If you want wonderful food, prepared with fresh & tasty ingredients, served by an attentive waitstaff, in a warm & inviting atmosphere, you must go to Emma's! Chef/owner Eddie couldn't be friendlier, you are made to feel like a family member when you walk in the door to this lovely Mayfair gem. Ampl... ”

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 5 star(s)  (03/19/2011)
“Excellent BYOB, food and service. Opera singer is a little loud so sit further away from his singing area and enjoy. Location is right at Frankford and Cottman and convenient to all roadways. Eddie is an excellent host and will meet all your requests immediately. Food is mostly freshly made with gr... ”


 5 star(s)  (12/19/2010)
“Do not buy the certificate, this is a deli, not a restaurant. No seating, so the gift certificate is a rip off. However, the food was excellent and the service was friendly”

Adriano's Cucina Italiana

 5 star(s)  (09/22/2010)
“LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant! I go here so often the staff knows what I want when I walk in. The vodka penne is AMAZING! Great deals during the week- 4 course meal for $20! Can't beat it. Never a bad meal, staff is the nicest I've come across in any restaurant.”

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 5 star(s)  (08/28/2010)
“We had veal platters, and each one was delicious. The soup of the day was potato leek--very tasty. Delightful to find something like this so close to home; and the prices were great.”

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 4 star(s)  (08/06/2010)
“Food is very good but the interior could be spruced up a little e.g. windows are dirty and walls need some painting(the paint is chipped off in places)Chairs by the door need to be replaced.”

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 3 star(s)  (07/15/2010)
“This was always my favorite restaurant. I have been there with my friends many times and have referred alot of people, however all good things come to an end. Last night I decided to dine there with my friend and when we arrived saw the sign out front that stated 50% off all entrees and desserts Mon... ”

Adriano's Cucina Italiana

 5 star(s)  (05/26/2010)
“Skip the chain restaurants and come here if you want more bang for your buck. Their authentic Italian cooking is delicious and affordable. Their lunch paninis are fantastic (I highly recommend the chicken caccitore panini) and so are the soups and pasta dishes. Even the bread is unique and flavorful... ”

Santini's South Philly Grille

 4 star(s)  (05/14/2010)
“Just when I thought Santini's could not get any better...I walked in for my usual fried meatball favorite, one of the guys suggested I try the cheesecake...WOW! am I glad I did! The best I've ever tasted...ANYWHERE! It is from "BREADBASTARD" a local baker I've heard of before from friends. It is onl... ”

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 5 star(s)  (05/04/2010)
“We eat out often, usually in Center City. However if we want to stay close to home and have a wonderful dinner, we go to Emma's. Warm, friendly service, and downtown dining at northeast Philly prices!!! The scallops and the salmon are the best ever. Pastas are excellent and so is everythin... ”

Santini's South Philly Grille

 5 star(s)  (04/16/2010)
“i loved this place. reminds me of my grandmothers kitchen.”

Argento's Pizza & Spaghetti House

 4 star(s)  (04/10/2010)
“Great news for the people of andorra and roxborough the word is argentos is getting a new owner.What an upgrade that will be i am sure.Lets welcome this change with open arms.I am certain that things will greatly improve with this potential new owner”

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 5 star(s)  (03/21/2010)
“Wonderful place. It is the best kept secret in Mayfair. I have eater there for both lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed.”


 1 star(s)  (03/05/2010)
“NOVI IS THE WORST! I went for a pizza and some nice jazz music on a Friday night. The music was good, the food was just ok, the service was the worst I've experienced in years. From the time we sat down the waitstaff completely ignored us.... it was close to impossible to even get a glass of water... ”

Emma's Cafe and Restaurant

 5 star(s)  (02/02/2010)
“My husband and I have been to Emma's several times. We cannot say enough about the great food, friendly atmosphere and amazing owner Eddie. We have also brought our children there and they couldnt be more accommodating. Our favorite place to dine in the northeast. If you do go, please make sure you ... ”

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