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Area Highlights

User reviews and recommendations of top nearby restaurants.

Black Horse Tavern

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Distance: 0.12 Miles

Rating 88 reviews
Duck Sauce

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Rating 115 reviews
Pat's Colonial Kitchen

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Rating 55 reviews
Boccaccio Restaurant

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Distance: 0.13 Miles

Rating 32 reviews
State Street Kitchen

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Distance: 0.16 Miles

Rating 58 reviews
The Temperance House

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Distance: 0.16 Miles

Rating 34 reviews
Isaac Newton's Fun Food & Drink

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Distance: 0.16 Miles

Rating 236 reviews
Florentino's Italian Cuisine

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Rating 40 reviews
Cafe Con Leche

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Distance: 0.17 Miles

Rating 72 reviews
World of Falafel

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Distance: 0.17 Miles

Rating 47 reviews

Bring your appetite if you’re coming to Bella Vista for it is the land of salumeria, cheeses, fresh pasta and several notable bakeries. For good measure, plan on having excellent Vietnamese and Mexican food, too. As the oldest Italian neighborhood in Philadelphia, Bella Vista is home to the bustling and rather famous Italian Market (hit 9th Street between Christian and Washington), a hot-and-getting-hotter restaurant scene and plenty of corner cafés, all of which make this charming area Philadelphia’s very own Little Italy of sorts.

In recent years, this mostly rowhouse neighborhood has begun to diversify and gentrify as young home buyers priced out of other neighborhoods found the area and its sense of community to their liking. If you visit, you’ll notice much new construction and renovation taking place, adding some newer condominiums to the housing stock.   Restaurants beyond traditional “red gravy” joints (most South Philadelphians call tomato sauce “gravy”) have sprung up along with coffee shops and boutiques, which is not to say the neighborhood has lost its heritage. Play bocce at Bardascino Park, walk the dog to Cianfrani Park or a few other pocket parks. It’s a place where the senior citizens who built the neighborhood “keep an eye on things,” and in turn, younger residents help out seniors who may have some special needs.

If you’ve had your fill of meats, cheeses and produce at the Italian Market, Bella Vista is home to the world-renowned Fleisher Art Memorial. This unique building provides space for art classes and a distinguished collection of contemplative and religious art and objects and is well worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.

 

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