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The best of Philadelphia din­ing and drink­ing.

Lo­cated in­side the quaint Penn’s View Ho­tel, Panorama has been an Ital­ian din­ing sta­ple in Philadelphia since 1990. Re­cently, owner Luca Sena re­vamped the restau­rant with the help of Philadelphia firm Mar­guerite Rodgers In­te­rior De­sign. Step into the ho­tel and get a glimpse of the restau­rant just be­yond through a new wall made up of iron and glass win­dows. Fab­rics and cus­tom light fix­tures were added through­out to re­sem­ble what one might see while din­ing in Italy. The new, ca­su­ally el­e­gant am­bi­ence pairs well with the up­dated menu from ex­ec­u­tive chef Matthew Gen­tile. But many of the dishes, which have been in Sena’s fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions, can still be found on the menu, such as the home­made pas­tas and the bra­ci­ola. 14 N. Front St., 215-9227800; pennsviewho­


This sleek Rit­ten­house eatery oozes culi­nary con­fi­dence thanks to cre­ative sea­sonal small plates, a char­coal grill, and thought­ful pours. Sneak down the hall­way to for a post­pran­dial cock­tail. IN­SIDER TIP: Grab a seat at the chef’s counter and try one of the wine flights fea­tur­ing a trio of tastes from the ter­roir-driven wine list. 135 S. 18th St., 215-825-7030; ak­itchenand­


Jose Garces be­gan his em­pire with Amada, a rus­tic-chic restau­rant that cel­e­brates Span­ish cui­sine. Get a front-row seat to the the­atrics at the chef’s counter and dive into sig­na­ture plates like lob­ster paella and roasted suck­ling pig. 217–219 Chest­nut St., 215-625-2450; amadarestau­


Lo­cated in the lobby of the iconic Ritz-carlton, Aqimero brings unique fla­vors from chef Richard San­doval. Thanks to the wood-fired grill, plates like filet mignon, whole Maine lob­ster, king Pa­cific salmon, and rib­eye can be or­dered in an ar­ray of mari­nades in­clud­ing adobo and mojo. 10 Av­enue of the Arts, 215-523-8200; richard­san­


The new­est ad­di­tion to Marty Grims’ im­pres­sive restau­rant col­lec­tion is Au­to­graph Brasserie, a mod­ern Amer­i­can eatery that fea­tures a con­tem­po­rary menu from ex­ec­u­tive chef Ralph Fer­nan­dez. The walls of the Wayne restau­rant are cov­ered with over 1,000 celebrity au­to­graphs and record al­bums. Guests can en­joy truf­fle wild-mush­room toast, but­ter­nut squash ravi­oli, and an ar­ti­sanal cheese plate from Fer­nan­dez’s kitchen, which uses only the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents avail­able. 503 W. Lan­caster Ave., Wayne, 610964-2588; au­to­graph­


Nes­tled in­side the his­toric Barclay Build­ing, this luxe Stephen Starr steak­house boasts some of the best cuts of beef in town. Ar­rive early or stay late to en­joy the in­ti­mate li­brary lounge with a mar­tini in hand, of course. IN­SIDER TIP: The Barclay Prime Cheeses­teak takes the clas­sic Philly sand­wich to new culi­nary heights with Ja­panese Wagyu beef, foie gras, and truf­fles. 237 S. 18th St., 215-732-7560; bar­


Stephen Starr’s ode to Asian fu­sion re­mains one of Philly’s big­gest restau­rant suc­cess sto­ries. Guests Zen out over share­able plates, ly­chee mar­ti­nis, and the tow­er­ing golden Bud­dha that lords over the din­ing room. 325 Chest­nut St., 215-5749440; bud­


The tal­ented team be­hind city fa­vorites in­clud­ing Valanni, Mer­cato, and Varga Bar in­vite you to join them in a meat-lover’s par­adise. Menu items such as house-made beef jerky, ba­con ched­dar brats, and mother-ap­proved Ital­ian meat­balls are ac­com­pa­nied by an im­pres­sive whiskey-based cock­tail pro­gram. 2034 Chest­nut St., 215-5636328;


Open for more than two decades, Caffe Aldo Lam­berti has some­thing for ev­ery taste and oc­ca­sion. Go ca­sual with small plates at the bar or re­serve a ta­ble for two and sam­ple from an ex­haus­tive menu of Ital­ian fare—tra­di­tional to con­tem­po­rary—in the main din­ing room. 2011 Rte. 70 W., Cherry Hill, NJ, 856-663-1747; caf­fe­lam­


Teddy Sourias, the restau­ran­teur be­hind BRU Craft & Wurst and U-bahn, has opened a cider and sour

bar in Cen­ter City that fea­tures 32 taps and 70 plus bot­tles. Chef Jonathan Petruce pro­vides the per­fect pair­ings with ar­ti­sanal piz­zas, fresh mus­sels and oys­ters, cheese boards, and more. On your next visit, or­der up the lamb sausage pizza with moz­zarella and shishito pep­per, and pair it with the Big Hill Mar­malade cider for a sweet end­ing. 1500 Lo­cust St., 267-7615582; cin­der­


This Ital­ian restau­rant’s best dishes are culled from gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily recipes: Think clas­sics like chicken cac­cia­tore, veal fran­caise, and lasagna. Stop by on Fri­days and Satur­days for live mu­sic and late-night danc­ing. 256 S. 20th St., 215-5463935; dan­geloris­


This sec­ond-floor Rit­ten­house steak­house con­tin­ues to rein­vent it­self with sea­sonal dishes and cock­tails, gluten-free menus, and a deca­dent Sun­day brunch. Don’t miss the famed cheeses­teak spring rolls. IN­SIDER TIP: If you are spend­ing the day shop­ping at the new King of Prus­sia Town Cen­ter, pop into the restau­rant’s new­est lo­ca­tion, which fea­tures the same great menu as the Cen­ter City spot plus out­door din­ing. 111 S. 17th St., 215-563-4810;


Af­ter more than a year of ren­o­va­tions, this too-cute-to-han­dle Rit­ten­house din­ing in­sti­tu­tion re­cently opened un­der new own­er­ship. Upon en­ter­ing the cozy and dimly lit space, guests will be pleased to find an ar­ray of fresh fish and steak ap­pe­tiz­ers and en­trees on the menu, as well as veg­etable­based dishes like roasted root veg­etable salad with a but­ter­milk dress­ing. IN­SIDER TIP: The restau­rant has an ar­ray of spe­cialty cock­tails and beers, but be sure to check out their on-tap wines as well. 261 S. 21st St., 215-546-4232; fri­daysat­ur­day­sun­


The rich Ital­ian her­itage of this land­mark bilevel cafe can be found in both the im­pres­sive menu and beau­ti­ful decor. In ad­di­tion to fresh pasta and br­uschetta, save room for their creamy, rich, hand­made gelato and ricotta-filled ti­ramisu. 1716 Chest­nut St., 215-568-5600; grancaf­fe­


Michael Schul­son adds an­other notch on his restau­rant belt with Harp & Crown, a San­som Street hide­away adorned with vin­tage wall­pa­per and chan­de­liers. Menu high­lights in­clude big eye tuna crudo and a farro pasta splashed with spinach pesto, ricotta, and crispy ham. IN­SIDER TIP: The city’s buzzi­est new restau­rant and bar is also home to a two-lane, reser­va­tions-only bowl­ing al­ley. 1525 San­som St., 215-330-2800;


The new­est restau­rant to Su­gar­house Casino, Hugo’s of­fers din­ers and casino-go­ers a meaty va­ri­ety of steaks and chops from filet mignon to the porter­house. Seafood fa­nat­ics will also en­joy the fresh fish se­lec­tions such as the Alaskan King Crab chopped salad. 1001 N. Delaware Ave., 215-7173900; hugos­frog­


Ex­ec­u­tive chef Jonathan Ci­chon leads the charge at the Rit­ten­house Ho­tel’s cel­e­brated kitchen, where his art­ful dishes are in­spired by the sea­sons and lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. Drop by the Li­brary Bar or the Mary Cas­satt Tea Room to ex­pe­ri­ence all the ho­tel has to of­fer. IN­SIDER TIP: Lacroix’s som­me­liers can pair any menu item with your drink of choice, from hand­crafted li­ba­tions to craft beers. 210 W. Rit­ten­house Sq., 215-7902533; lacroixrestau­


This en­dur­ing hot spot ra­di­ates an un­mis­tak­ably trendy vibe. In ad­di­tion to raw and sushi bars, Iron Chef Masa­haru Morimoto of­fers dishes such as light, ten­der rock shrimp tem­pura and spicy king crab. Re­serve a seat at the chef’s counter to sur­vey the hec­tic kitchen and min­i­mal­ist din­ing room scene. 723 Chest­nut St., 215-413-9070; mo­ri­mo­torestau­


Marty Grims in­vites you to join him aboard the world’s old­est and largest ship, docked along the famed Penn’s Land­ing. Grab a seat on the out­door deck and or­der up the Grand Plateau—-a fresh col­lec­tion of lob­ster, shrimp, oys­ters, colos­sal crab cock­tail, and tuna tartare, which pairs per­fectly with their Ship Wrecked spe­cialty cock­tail. 401 S. Colum­bus Blvd., 215-923-2500;


The invit­ing, warm at­mos­phere at Marc Vetri’s North­ern Ital­ian-in­spired restau­rant is rea­son enough to pay a visit. Plant your group of 14 at the Kitchen Ta­ble, or rent out Osteria for a seated din­ner or stand­ing-only cock­tail re­cep­tion. 640 N. Broad St., 215-763-0920; os­te­


You’ll be trans­ported to the coast of Italy cour­tesy of the stark white tiles and beau­ti­ful mu­rals at this Old City fa­vorite. Known for sa­vory Ital­ian cui­sine, Posi­tano Coast also of­fers some of the city’s fresh­est seafood. Opt for the tuna tartare or crab­meat tacos with chipo­tle aioli. 212 Wal­nut St., 215-238-0499; posi­


Take in breath­tak­ing views of the city from 37 floors above, while en­joy­ing sig­na­ture drinks and Amer­i­can fare cour­tesy of chef Daniel Stern. Best bet: grilled truf­fle flat­bread and the three­step mar­garita with Olmeca Blanco en­joyed at a win­dow booth. 50 S. 16th St., 215-564-5337;r2l­restau­


The two-in-one cafe and BYO con­ve­niently sits in be­tween Rit­ten­house and Univer­sity City. In the morn­ing, stop by the café for a chia seed par­fait to pair with your cap­pu­cino. When the sun sets, grab a bot­tle of your fa­vorite vino and snag a ta­ble for chef Michael Vin­cent

Fer­reri’s riffs on whole fish and pasta dishes and desserts like olive-oil cake with Meyer lemon and pis­ta­chio. 2218 Wal­nut St., 267-519-0329; re­sip­


Queen Vil­lage’s new­est eatery plans their farm fresh menu around the chang­ing sea­sons. Own­ers Ma­rina de Oliveira and Chris D’am­bro, who brought us South­wark, bend the rules by fea­tur­ing Ital­ian cui­sine in a con­tem­po­rary environment. Reser­va­tions are only avail­able from 6 to 9 pm for ta­bles of four or less. 705 S. Fourth St., 267-858-9232; am­


Rouge en­dures as the city’s ul­ti­mate see-and-be-seen spot. Sip Cham­pagne at a side­walk ta­ble or the mar­ble-topped round bar and dive into one of the hefty sig­na­ture burg­ers or day­boat scal­lops while soak­ing up views of the Square. 205 S. 18th St., 215-732-6622;


Af­ter years of plan­ning and build­ing, res­i­dents of Queen Vil­lage and be­yond can en­joy a well-crafted menu of Ja­panese fare from chefs Matt and Jessie Ito, and a bar fea­tur­ing draft sake, Ja­panese spir­its, and more. The tra­di­tional menu in­cludes fa­vorites such as salmon skin rolls, tuna sashimi, and yaki gy­oza. 780 S. Sec­ond St., 267-909-9002; roy­al­sushi­an­diza­


The James Beard-nom­i­nated restau­rant high­lights lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and fea­tures menu fa­vorites in­clud­ing branzino, creamy ca­vatelli, and their fa­mously sim­ple spaghetti. IN­SIDER TIP: Af­ter din­ner in the up­stairs din­ing room, float down to the first-floor lounge where Ital­ian spir­its and re­gional wines flow freely. 210 W. Rit­ten­house Sq., 215-5584199; ld­vhos­pi­tal­


Ac­claimed chef Su­sanna Foo, a two-time James Beard win­ner, and her son Gabriel of­fer an eclec­tic mix of mod­ern Chi­nese cui­sine. The pop­corn pork ravi­oli is the per­fect ap­pe­tizer to en­joy be­fore in­dulging in the whole branzino, stuffed with lump crab meat, squash, and a tomato tamarind sauce. 1720 San­som St., 215-717-8968; sug­aby­


Top Chef win­ner Kevin Sbraga does not dis­ap­point with this pork-cen­tric restau­rant. The South­ern coun­try-in­spired menu fea­tures snacks, plates, and sal­ads that pair per­fectly with their 120 dif­fer­ent whiskeys. IN­SIDER TIP: Do not miss the su­per-sized, soul-sooth­ing hot chicken. King of Prus­sia Mall, 610-765-4045; sbra­ga­din­­fatham


Tredici is home to an en­tirely dif­fer­ent vibe than sis­ter restau­rant Zavino, right across the street, with its Mediter­ranean plates and in­ti­mate raw bar. On your next visit or­der up the Is­raeli cous­cous with cherry toma­toes, av­o­cado, basil, al­monds, bur­rata, and basil pesto. Drop by for happy hour or brunch and steal a seat at the lively bar. 112 S. 13th St., 267-928-2092; tredi­


Serv­ing Mediter­ranean-latin cui­sine, Valanni of­fers a trendy vibe with its up­beat mu­sic and many spe­cialty cock­tails—and morphs into a nightspot on week­ends. 1229 Spruce St., 215-790-9494;


Jose Garces of­fers up­scale tast­ing menus and un­par­al­leled ser­vice in a set­ting that com­bines in­dus­trial and mod­ern de­sign. Volver’s lo­ca­tion at the Kim­mel Cen­ter makes it a go-to for con­cert­go­ers but the plush lounge is a must for cock­tails any night of the week. 300 S. Broad St., 215-670-2303; philadelphia. volver­restau­


Old City’s new­est sea­sonal BYOB comes to us from chef Benjamin Moore, for­merly of Lacroix. This sea­son, our fa­vorite dishes in­clude the roasted cau­li­flower ap­pe­tizer and Ora King salmon en­trée with heir­loom car­rots, lentils, and a car­rot re­duc­tion. The warm at­mos­phere is per­fect for host­ing pri­vate events. 26 N. Third St., 267-239-5900; wis­ter­


This com­fort­able Mid­town Vil­lage eatery serves thin-crust piz­zas and hand­made pas­tas with a lengthy list of spir­its and wines in a ca­sual, high-en­ergy room. 112 S. 13th St., 215-732-2400;


ROOTFish­town gets for­ward­think­ing fine din­ing--with a cool, midcentury in­te­rior to match-cour­tesy of own­ers Greg Root and Chef Nick Kennedy. An alum of top New York kitchens like Jean Ge­orges, Del Posto, and Scar­petta, Kennedy’s con­cept fo­cuses on fla­vors from Ital­ian, Span­ish, and Amer­i­can her­itage. If you are look­ing to up your brunch cock­tail game, or­der up the Dif­fer­ent Latte; a com­bi­na­tion of La Colombe rum, de­mer­ara, and spiced cream. The ro­bust din­ner menu fea­tures ev­ery­thing from spice rubbed lamb chops to gourmet toasts. 1206 Frank­ford Ave., 215-5153452; rootrestau­

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