If you crave Italian food, you certainly won’t go hungry in Philadelphia. From restaurants serving standard Italian-American plates of spaghetti and meatballs to cozy BYOBs and Mediterranean-style spots with plenty of seafood, you can find any Italian dish you want. Of course, the staple at just about any of these spots is the pasta. CBS Philly previously featured restaurants offering the best spaghetti in Philadelphia. Now, this list highlights spots where the pasta isn’t just delicious, it’s also fresh and made in-house. With options ranging from light and fluffy gnocchi to ribbons of pappardelle, these restaurants will delight you with their handmade pasta.
2025 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
As part of the Stephen Starr restaurant group in Philadelphia, Il Pittore brings some homey charm to tony Rittenhouse Square. Chef Chris Painter creates updated versions of classic Italian dishes, using the freshest ingredients possible (herbs are even grown in the rooftop garden!). The menu boasts a number of handmade pastas, including the hearty wild boar pappardelle and the corzetti pasta coins tossed with tender goat and a subtle mint and chili oil.
1927 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Located in South Philadelphia, Le Virtu is a warm and rustic spot serving dishes inspired by central Italy. While the recipes use local ingredients as much as possible, the remaining items (including the flour to make the fresh pasta) are imported from Abruzzo, Italy. All of the Primi dishes are homemade, including the popular maccheroni alla mugnaia. This single strand of pasta is hand-pulled and tossed with olive oil, hot pepper and pecorini — truly a sight to behold.
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Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
706 Haddon Ave.
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Nunzio’s is just a short drive over the bridge from Center City, Philadelphia in Collingswood, New Jersey. At this charming BYOB, Chef Nunzio Patruno serves authentic Italian dishes including fresh seafood, prime meats, homemade desserts and, of course, handmade pasta. All of the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. Favorite dishes include the pappardelle with rabbit ragu and homemade potato gnocchi with melted mozzarella, basil and tomato.
640 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
A member of the Vetri family of restaurants in Philadelphia, Osteria offers wood-grilled fish and meats, thin-crust pizzas, and creative homemade pastas. Specialties include the postage stamp-sized ravioli, chicken liver rigatoni, and the saffron bucatini served with zesty chorizo and octopus coins that have been braised in wine. The pasta servings are generous, so be prepared to bring home leftovers if you plan to try other dishes…and be sure to save some room for the polenta budino dessert!
521 Catharine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ulivo is a cozy, comfy BYOB in Queen Village that offers a relaxed atmosphere and a simple, seasonal menu that changes daily. While sauces and other ingredients rotate based on the time of year, the feather-light ricotta gnocchi is consistently one of the eatery’s most popular dishes. Coming from Chef Joe Scarpone, of three-bell Sovalo fame, Ulivo opened in 2012 with high expectations from Philadelphians, and it hasn’t disappointed yet.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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