Enjoy Some of the City’s Best Italian Food at This Quaint, Affordable Restaurant
Salento is a shining star amidst Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s crowded Italian BYOB scene. This delightful restaurant prepares truly authentic Italian food at affordable prices, distinguishing itself from the crowd by featuring specialties from the Puglia region of Italy, not often found on menus stateside. Chef Davide Faenza, originally from Gallipoli, prepares his food with passionate skill and a delicate hand. The result is an experience about as close to dining in a small trattoria or osteria in Italy as one can get in Philadelphia.
This Philadelphia Neighborhood Has Many Outstanding Options for Fine Italian Dining
What are the best Italian BYOB restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania? This question is one I see asked regularly on “foodie” and travel forums such as ChowHound and eGullet. There are so many excellent Italian BYOBs throughout the city that it is best to examine just one neighborhood at a time. Rittenhouse Square is a popular Center City neighborhood in Philadelphia, filled with fancy shopping boutiques, luxury condominiums, deluxe hotels and of course excellent dining destinations. For visitors and city residents alike, it is a great neighborhood for planning an evening out, and many Italian BYOB restaurants are in the immediate area. Below are five of my favorites. Whether you are looking for a romantic hideaway, a modern atmosphere and menu, or traditional Italian favorites, these restaurants have something to satisfy everyone. As you can bring your own wine, cost is also kept more reasonable; it is very possible to have a very large, multi-course meal at any of these establishments for $60-100 for two.
This Center City Italian Eatery Introduces Philadelphia to the Small Plates of Venice
Small plate dining is increasingly popular, and Cichetteria 19 presents it in the form of traditional Venetian bar snacks known as “cichetti.” Review of this Rittenhouse Square-area Italian restaurant.
This Rittenhouse Square restaurant is a favorite for people-watching—and for the food
Devon Seafood Grill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been a popular Rittenhouse Square destination for fine dining in a posh atmosphere for many years. This seafood restaurant came to Philly in the 1990s as the area began to see tremendous revitalization with new shopping and dining establishments. Previously the space had been home to a Houlihan’s, not exactly the best use of a prime Center City restaurant location. While still a chain—Devon has four locations nationwide—this restaurant has become extremely popular with those looking for a quality seafood lunch or dinner, a chance to people-watch the traffic around the Square, and also an upscale bar scene.
Kingyo is a relatively new Japanese restaurant and sushi bar in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kingyo took over–or perhaps is just a renaming and reworking–of a space on the 1700 block of Sansom Street occupied for many years by another Japanese restaurant, Genji. Genji had always been a solid, if not particularly outstanding, choice for sushi but with some limitations to the rest of the menu, and spotty service. As I was in the area one day at lunchtime, I decided to give Kingyo a try to see how it compared to some of the nearby Japanese restaurant competition, namely the long-standing Fuji Mountain on Chestnut Street, Vic Sushi on the 2000 block of Sansom, and the new hot spot Zama on 18th Street. Sadly I’d say that based on my lunch experience, it comes up short compared to these other options.