Few things are as deeply satisfying as a flavorful pizza, sizzling hot out of the oven, swathed with melted cheese, and bedecked with a variety of yummy toppings. Go to Pizzeria Stella to get yours, artisan-made and baked in a wood-fired oven on Second Street in Philadelphia.
Antipasti are also on the menu to start your meal. Options include Sheep’s Milk Ricotta on rosemary flatbread, Broccoli Rabe with garlic & ricotta salata, and Shrimp Arrabiata – pan roasted shrimp with flatbread. Three pasta dishes are also on the menu, including Spaghetti Pomodoro, and Lamb Bolognaise with rigatoni.
Stella's pizza options feature a Margherita with basil & buffalo mozzarella, Sausage with wood-roasted sausage, pesto & mozzarella, Picante with capicola, crushed red pepper & provolone, and Tartufo with black truffle, egg & fontina. House-made gelato is also served.
423 S. Second Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Philadelphia’s food scene may be best known for its cheesesteaks, but the City of Brotherly Love also has a number of fine dining restaurants to offer. Try one of these impressive, upscale Philly eateries for your next special occasion.
You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the future as soon as you enter this artistically decorated restaurant, which features abstract sculptures, a futuristic lounge area, and a main dining room furnished with colorful, lighted walls and modern tables. Chef Morimoto, star of television’s popular Iron Chef series, creates the restaurant’s upscale Japanese fare with his signature creative style. The best way to get the full experience is by choosing the Omakase, a multi-course tasting menu with thoughtful beverage pairings.
723 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19106; (215) 413-9070
Located in the historic Barclay Building in Rittenhouse Square, Barclay Prime is a luxury steakhouse with an old-school feel. The restaurant itself is decorated with traditional furniture and bright pops of neon colors and modern accents, and it contains a bar, lounge area, and spacious dining room.
237 S. 18th St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19103; (215) 732-7560
This Italian restaurant is known as one of the best in the country, and after your first bite of fresh fish or homemade gnocchi, you’ll likely understand why. The six-course tasting menu is personalized to each diner’s unique preferences, and the dishes frequently change depending on which ingredients are in season and the mood of talented Chef Vetri. Vetri only seats 30 guests, which makes for a truly intimate dining experience.
1312 Spruce St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19107; (215) 732-3478
Built in 1857, The Academy of Music on Broad Street is the oldest Opera House in use not only in Center City, but also in all of the U.S. Modeled after La Scala Opera House in Milan, the Academy is home to the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Broadway at the Academy performance series, and the Pennsylvania Ballet.
The decor is glamorous and decadent and showcases a 5,000-pound crystal chandelier in the entrance. Many orchestral, operatic, and Broadway-born performances are scheduled throughout the year, such as Bruckner's Final Symphony, Salome, Beijing, and Tokyo. Broadway productions include The Wizard of Oz, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, Motown the Musical, Newsies, and Evita, to name just a few. Special guest appearances are also notable; Bill Maher once visited. The Academy also offers many concerts that are free to the public.
The Academy of Music
240 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Need a big bowl of simmering noodle soup brewed with herbs, spices, veggies and other fresh delights? Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House is where to get it. This Philadelphia restaurant serves a huge variety of soups along with other noodle dishes.
Soup options include Shredded Chicken Cool Noodles, Sesame Cool Noodles, Seafood Stir Fried Fresh Noodles, Beef Stir Fried Fresh Noodles, Clam Stir Fried Fresh Noodles, and Shrimp Stir Fried Fresh Noodles. Fried Rice dishes are also on the menu, including Beef Brisket Rice, Pork Chop Rice, Chicken Chop, House Special Meatball Rice, Roast Pork Fried Rice, Chicken Fried Rice, Beef Fried Rice, and Shrimp Fried Rice. Prices are extremely reasonable and portions are large.
Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House
1022 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107