Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Philadelphia

Le Virtù

The owner of this restaurant is dedicated, obsessively so, to the cuisine of Abruzzo, the region east of Rome, where he long studied with home cooks. He also runs more casual Brigantessa up the street, with a slight…
Top Choice Italian in Pittsburgh

Bar Marco

One of the city's more sophisticated kitchens, with an excellent brunch too. Snack in the bar or reserve in the Wine Room, for the chef's great-value tasting menu. Refreshing no-tipping policy.
Italian in Philadelphia

Gran Caffè L'Aquila

Mamma mia, this is impressive Italian food. Not only are the flavors everything you could ask for, one of the owners is an award-winning gelato maker and the 2nd floor has its own gelato factory. Some of the main co…
Spanish in Philadelphia

Amada

See why Jose Garces was an Iron Chef – his traditional Spanish tapas are fresh and garlicky, and the atmosphere is bustling and loud at the long communal tables. May close early (9pm) if nobody's there.
Italian in Philadelphia

Brigantessa

It's hard to argue with pizza and beer, especially when it's crispy Naples style – but also try the heartier dishes from all over Italy, such as the wood-oven-braised guinea hen or the gnocchi nduja.
Italian in Philadelphia

Little Nonna's

'Sunday gravy,' that delectable tomato-meat sauce that's a staple of Italian-American tables, is served every night at this homey BYOB.
Italian in Pittsburgh

Enrico Biscotti Cafe

Bread, pizza and torta rustica round out the menu alongside the biscotti. Charismatic owner Larry Laguttata offers a bread-baking class ($85) every Sunday.
Italian in Pittsburgh

Dish Osteria Bar

An intimate locals' fave, with sometimes extravagant Mediterranean dishes such as fettuccine with lamb ragù.