July 16, 2019 |
South Philly Barbacoa (1140 S. Ninth St., southphillybarbacoa.com) Chef Cristina Martinez makes some of the meatiest tacos in Philadelphia, earning herself a 2019 James Beard nomination for the best chef in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons (1355 N. Front St., wmmulherinssons.com) Housed in an abandoned whiskey blending and bottling factory from 1890, the tiny four-room boutique hotel serves Italian plates like figs with mascarpone and hazelnut, and half brick chickens.
Valanni (1229 Spruce St., valanni.com) Just in time for the summer peach season, Valanni serves a grilled peach margarita complete with Altos Silver, Combier Orange, lime juice and caramelized peaches.
Velvet Sky Bakery (307 Leedom St, Jenkintown, Pa., velvetskybakery.com) Pop into the Jenkintown boutique bakery and watch the dessert magic unfold as cakes, cupcake towers, and sugar flowers are made from scratch right in front of you.
Parxgrill (2999 Street Road, Bensalem, Pa., parxcasino.com) After hitting the slot machines, stop by Parxgrill for an upscale private dining experience with menu items like sirloin au Poivre, veal Osso Bucco and more.
Barbuzzo (110 S. 13th St., barbuzzo.com) Try the Mediterranian- inspired pizza Fiore di Zucca—a combination of local squash blossoms, buffalo mozzarella, pine nuts, garlic, prosciutto di parma and mint.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (Multiple locations, davios.com) The Rittenhouse Square favorite offers a wide selection of gluten-free pastas and juicy cuts of meat in its lofty formal dining room.
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House (1001 N. Delaware Ave., hugosfrogbar.com) Stop by this riverfront steakhouse, located in SugarHouse Casino, for 48-ounce porterhouse steaks and king crab-stuffed flounder.
Urban Farmer (1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com) The Logan hotel’s rural-chic steakhouse features a New York steak tasting with 6-ounce cuts of Joyce Farms grass-fed, Brandt prime, and 1855 beef 21-day dry-aged.
Autograph Brasserie (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, Pa., autographbrasserie.com) Celebrating icons of America, this modern brasserie is decorated with celebrity signatures, authentic photographs, and albums. It also offers an extensive drink list.
Cadence (161 W. Girard Ave., cadencerestaurant.com) The Kensington BYOB was voted best new restaurant by Food & Wine for its delicious new- American cuisine dreamed up by chefs Michael Fry, Samantha Kincaid, and Jon Nodler.
Walnut Street Café (2929 Walnut St., walnutstreetcafe.com) American-style food for anyone looking to grab a quick to-go meal or to soak up every bite while enjoying the sunlit-dining room decked out in brass accents.
Panorama (14 N. Front St., pennsviewhotel.com/panorama) Located at Penn’s View Hotel in Old City, this authentic Italian restaurant and wine
bar holds a spot in the Guinness World Records for the largest wine preservation and dispensing system in the world.
Savona (100 Old Gulph Road, Gulph Mills, Pa., savonarestaurant.com) Once the headquarters for RevolutionaryWar figure Aaron Burr, Savona is now an elegant farm-to-table Italian destination with the largest wine cellar in the state of Pennsylvania.Italian Favorites
Caffe Aldo Lamberti (2011 Marlton Pike W., Cherry Hill, N.J., caffelamberti.com) Order the paccheri all’amatriciana—a rigatoni dish with caramelized onions and pancetta.
D’Angelo’s Ristorante (256 S. 20th St., dangeloristorante.com) Fine Italian dining right off Rittenhouse Square with accommodations for private parties and special events.
Enoteca Tredici (915 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa., tredicibm.com) Delight yourtaste buds with sweet pea and truffleravioli, crab pasta and squid ink tonnarelli.
Giuseppe & Sons (1523 Sansom St. giuseppesons.com) With dishes like gnocchi basil pomodoro, Sunday gravy and Termini Bros. cannolis, this Center City spot is the closest you’ll taste to South Philly without crossing South Street.
LaScala’s Fire (The Promenade at Sagemore, Marlton, N.J., lascalasfire.com)There are plenty of great eateries this side of the bridge, and LaScala’s Fire isone of them thanks to wood-fired pizzaand ricotta tasting boards.
Le Virtu (1927 Passyunk Ave., levirtu.com) Celebrate the Italian spirit with the traditional menu and extensive wine list found at this Abruzzo-inspired cookery.
Scarpetta (210 W. Rittenhouse Square, scarpettarestaurants.com) Indulge in handmade pastas like duck and foie gras ravioli, or the famous tomato and basil spaghetti.
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