South Philly Italian Kitchen

4.9
53 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to South Philly Italian Kitchen, where we bring you old school, traditional South Philly Italian food!
South Philly Italian Kitchen is a new food concept developed by Joe The Boss, well known in the South Philly and Center City areas where his culinary talents have used only the finest ingredients. South Philly Italian Kitchen brings you top quality dishes while at the same time maintaining a health conscious dietary menu that is not only fast but affordable.
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vipSuerob
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

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will
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great, I had the chicken Sicilian and my wife had chicken piccata; the breast was tender and the sauce very flavorful. The servers were very nice and service was prompt. A great neighborhood family run establishment. I will definitely go back.

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Bobby
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and very nice staff. Quick service and no rush to leave. Warm bread and oil was a nice start and we enjoyed our meals and appetizers. BYOB was a plus.

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MikeB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The Waitresses were excellent. Service was great. Food was very good. This is a neighborhood place that is perfect for good food. You aren’t going for ambience. We recommend it.

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vipSeabass
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Awesome! Fantastic food. Fantastic family run spot. Great people that make you feel at home. The gem of Mt. Airy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great small family run Italian joint. Nothing fancy, open kitchen but the food was damn good. I’ll be back!

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Orlando
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was great.it was great.it was great.it was great.it was great.it was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Amazing food and stellar service! We will most definitely be back.

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vipWilliam
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food and service. Have eaten here a couple of times and will be back.

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EKJones
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

This is a hidden BYOB gem in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Service and food were perfect. I'm glade we went and will go back again in the near furture with friends.

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Herc
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very happy to find a good, casual Italian restaurant in Mt. Airy. Family-owned, good food, reasonable portions and great service. Note that its BYOB.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Scheduled for my husband's 40th birthday.. total surprise for him..restaurant was very accommodating -I brought lil decorations to put up... restaurant was intimate- we had their private area which was a plus since my family can get kind of loud...we could tell the restaurant was family owned and operated, which we appreciate.. food was DELICIOUS-- like BOMB-I had the salmon, mixed veggies, side of spinach, the calamari and Caprese salad..seasoned WELL & good portions.. everyone in my party was satisfied with their meals..BYOB worked out well for my family... will definitely be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

First, food was delicious!!!!!!!!
I had the chicken parm with gnocchi. It was delicious. Nice place with very nice family owned business. The party room was not as advertised. It was very small, but we made it work. I would come back with a smaller party (4 or less) and sit at a smaller table.

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cusa
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was great. A great experience

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Kristy
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, awesome service. Impressed every time we go

South Philly Italian Kitchen
Responded on 3 June 2021

Thank you, hope to see you soon...

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RoxanneC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly Family restaurant with AMAZING Italian food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me and my husband had a very enjoyable experience on our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place had delicious food & friendly staff!

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WendyC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Small restaurant, a little out of the way, but 100% worth it. The service was great! Everyone was super friendly from the moment we arrived. And the food was amazing! And no matter what you do, get the cannoli! Best I've ever had. We came from Delaware and were looking for a place to eat last minute, found this on open table, and booked a reservation for 7 people. Best decision we made!

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LeoK
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Owner, nice staff - very accommodating. The homemade mozzarella was worth the trip alone.

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Lusa
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is my 4th time here and I can say the food has been excellent every time. You can’t find home made ravioli like this elsewhere! Chef really cares about the quality of the food going out. Nice byob option!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic!!!

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JCDiners
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We love South Philly Italian Kitchen and go there frequently. It has a friendly family-owned congenial atmosphere. The food is always VERY good and comes right from the kitchen -- 15' away -- to your table, so it is piping hot. The staff is very friendly and helpful. A neighborhood gem worth travelling to from outside the neighborhood.

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Sporker32
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went during Valentine’s Day so not the best night to judge but considering that, everything was pretty good. Worth checking out.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Went with my boyfriend on Valentines Day. We were disappointed by the limited menu as that wasn’t noted on Open Table. We ordered the mozzarella and roasted peppers and the eggplant salad to start. The eggplant was super greasy but everything else was good. We had to flag down the waitress to order. The ravioli with crab and chicken parm were both good, nothing amazing but tasted good.

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MikeF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant says that they cook everything to order, and the certainly do. My wife had chicken Marsala, and I had eggplant parmigiana. Both were delicious. I sometimes hesitate to order eggplant parmigiana because it can vary greatly, and some restaurants do not do well with it. Here, it was beautifully done with a light touch and a freshly made tomato and garlic sauce. The chicken Marsala was also excellently done. We have some special diet considerations, and they were handled perfectly. The fact that it is BYOB is an extra bonus. Bravo!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Place was pretty run down -especially the bathroom. food and service were great. Will definitely be back. Need work on ambiance and they will be set.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a really nice time!

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vipstreamers
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a great meal. every dish was as good or better than anything similar I have had in this neighborhood. Service was also great. Highly recommended BYOB. Fair prices too.

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mathgal
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had an enjoyable dinner at South Philly Italian kitchen. I had a pasta dish and my friend had the eggplant parm. Both were delicious. I intend to go back to try some of the other dishes. We also had the roasted peppers and mozzarella appetizer which was also great. The homemade mozzarella was excellent. The BYOB aspect of the place also makes it very affordable. Strongly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great neighborhood byob. Chef know how to put out great food. Homemade pasta is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Terrific neighborhood spot.

South Philly Italian Kitchen
Responded on 23 October 2019

Thank you, Hope to see you soon!

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CriticalTake
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience1

The space is poorly designed, so it feels like you're sitting in a greasy spoon diner: tables lined up on one side, kitchen lined up across from tables. Large mirrors with oversized, heavy, black frames on the table side only make the room feel smaller. Would work better if kitchen were along the back wall of the very small room, with tables arranged across the floor space, ie, more like a 'real' restaurant. Although we had linen napkins, the utensils were the kind you'd get at a dollar store.
The food was strange, especially for the prices (overpriced, that is), and the linguine scampi I ordered was swimming in a pinkish juice that couldn't rightly be called a sauce. Not great bread. This entree was $19, and my partner's pasta was $17. Neither was worth it, nor the price we paid for salads. If you're sitting in a diner and served diner food, then you should pay diner prices. We ended up with a bill of over $50, not including tip. Not a great experience, although staff and chef were friendly.

South Philly Italian Kitchen
Responded on 23 October 2019

Thank you, have a nice day

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FrankH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I were missing the old Bacio hangout when we heard about the new place and decided to give it a try. We are certainly glad we did. Excellent food, quite setting and a very friendly and funny owner/chef in Joey. And his daughter wait person couldn't be more prompt, helpful, friendly and polite. On the way back to the car my wife said, "I thing we found ourselves a new hangout." Amen to that.

South Philly Italian Kitchen
Responded on 23 October 2019

Thank you FrankH, hope to see you soon!

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Sparky
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Some of the the food was great - fresh mozzarella with balsamic peppers. Both pasta dishes we got were okay. A little under on flavor. We wished there were more vegetarian choices.

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vipLeah
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Was looking forward to trying out this new neighborhood restaurant. Service was good but food sub-par. Sauces lack depth of flavor (both red and white sauces). Caprese salad made with grape tomatoes!?!?

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vipchucksteinberg
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

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servicematters
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

I know that opinions on this restaurant vary greatly but I can only respond base on my own experience, which was by and large wonderful. Went on a Thursday evening (very early, with my nonagenarian mother) and were the first (and only for a while) people in the restaurant. Our server was cheerful and attentive and you are able to see the chef at work in the restaurant. We brought of bottle of wine and were speedily provided with glasses and an ice bucket. We shared a Caesar salad and to my taste the dressing was excellent. House made we were told. We both had the eggplant parmesan and it was clearly made from scratch (i.e., didn't fall off the Sysco truck) with well seasoned, lightly breaded and fried eggplant, a very fresh tomato sauce (not over-sauced) and melted mozzarella. It came with a side of penne pasta with the same sauce. The pasta could have been a bit firmer but was by no means mushy. We were brought a gratis sample of their house made fresh mozzarella and it was wonderful. The only food negative is the bread. Soft and pretty tasteless. An easy fix that others have noted and that I hope they take note of. The menu feels pretty much like an authentic South Philly family restaurant. Straightforward, nothing fancy. Just good Italian food, reasonably priced. There is no special ambiance to report. It's a small room with little to no charm other than the pleasant personalities of the chef and our server. But it's in our neighborhood, within walking distance and we will go again. Hope others will give it a try.

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JCDiners
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, quick delivery, piping hot! Comfortable setting for casual Fine Italian cuisine. Really like the family rum business aspect of it. The fresh mozzarella and Joe The Boss eggplant salad were amazingly tasty.

FAQs

South Philly Italian Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. South Philly Italian Kitchen also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 842-5561.

South Philly Italian Kitchen is rated 4.9 stars by 53 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.