A trip to the Philly Italian Market practically plans itself. First, you stop by Claudio’s for a taste of soft, milky mozzarella. Then you head into DiBruno Brothers to browse their unparalleled selection of cheeses, cured meats, and groceries imported from all over the world.
After that, step into Fante’s for a new kitchen gadget, or, in hot weather, a cup of espresso granita. Though still called the Italian Market, 9th Street now is distinctly global, boasting some of the finest Central American flavors in addition to the classics from Bella Italia.
Check out these 7 picks for must-see Italian Market stopovers.
Cappuccio’s Meats – This third-generation butcher shop specializes in making an unparalleled selection of sausages.
Talluto’s – Fresh pasta and ravioli in every shape and variety, a perfect treat to stash in your freezer for a weeknight supper.
Tortilleria San Roman – The beauty of this sweet little tortilleria is that they do one thing perfectly: fresh corn tortillas, made with either white or blue corn, a few kinds of salsas, and tortilla chips. A stack of 50, still warm, and wrapped in paper, will cost you only a few bucks.
Blue Corn – A sunny Mexican restaurant by a family of chefs from Puebla, Blue Corn aces simple tacos and more complex dishes alike. With entrees ringing in at $14-15, it’s a fantastic place to enjoy an expertly prepared, budget friendly dinner.
Neuf – A newcomer, Neuf takes the global flavors of the neighborhood in stride, offering guests French and North African flavors in warm tagines and generous portions of braised meats.
Down Dog Healing Cafe – Need a break from all of the meat and cheese temptations? Take a break a block off of Ninth street at this cafe, specializing in ayurvedic teas, smoothies, and snacks.
Isgro’s Pasticceria – A sweet ending for sure, don’t leave the Market until you’ve tried one of Isgro’s cream filled cannoli, or their flaky, seashell-shaped sfogliatella.