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Area Highlights

User reviews and recommendations of top nearby restaurants.

Los Sarapes

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Distance: 1.56 Miles

Rating 90 reviews
Solid Rock Cafe & Books

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Distance: 1.59 Miles

Rating 4 reviews
Pina's Pizzaria

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Distance: 1.64 Miles

Rating 19 reviews
Lucas Pizzeria

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Distance: 1.72 Miles

Rating 21 reviews
Borghi's

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Distance: 1.78 Miles

Rating 22 reviews
Chalfont Family Restaurant

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Distance: 1.78 Miles

Rating 24 reviews
The Talking Tea Cup

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Distance: 1.82 Miles

Rating 10 reviews
Sakana Sushi Asian Fusion Restaurant

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Distance: 1.88 Miles

Rating 20 reviews
Aman's Indian Bistro

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Distance: 1.89 Miles

Rating 135 reviews
Pasta Mista

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Distance: 1.9 Miles

Rating 45 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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