Philly’s Italian Market, the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States, is a culinary street carnival that covers a six-block radius along Ninth Street, between Wharton and Fitzwater. Eat your way from one end to the other and in between, and definitely make stops here:
Legendary sandwich place Paesano’s for the Arista, piled high with brisket, horseradish mayo, pepperoncini, provolone and a fried egg.
1017 S. 9th St., Philadelphia, 215.440.0371
It doesn’t get better than Sarcone’s Italian hoagies on crusty, house-made rolls, especially the gourmet version with prosciutto and hot sopressatta.
734 S. 9th St., Philadelphia, 215.922.1717
Sicilian eatery Monsu is where Peter McAndrews lovingly creates regional dishes like fried rice cake with short-rib ragout, and Sicilian sausage gnocchi flavored with chocolate and cinnamon.
901 Christian St., Philadelphia, 215.440.0495
Ralph’s wins the prize for staying power, a family-owned fine dining operation since 1900—and yes, the pasta and veal dishes are better than Nonna used to make!
760 S. 9th St., Philadelphia, 215.627.6011