South Philly Italian Kitchen

4.7
36 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.
What 36 People Are Saying
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WendyC
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
13 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
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic!!!

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JCDiners
New York Area
3 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
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a really nice time!

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vipstreamers
Philadelphia
46 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
53 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.

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vipcrob
Philadelphia
88 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The restaurant itself is short on ambiance. It is no frills with an open kitchen (which I liked). The food was decent and the tomato sauce was very fresh. It is BYOB which is great. The service was great and everyone was very nice. The prices were good. I would go back. (But it should be noted that the bread was stale!)

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BrendaB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Overall good. I feel they should make their menu smaller. Concentrate on a few items. Chicken parm quite good... Alfredo kind of soupy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Service was excellent but food was barely adequate.

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PaulaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I would definitely recommend this restaurant----food is so good, fresh, served at the perfect temperature. I did feel bad for our waitress, who had the whole restaurant to serve, which included party of 8.

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sal1107
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Worth Repeating! This was our second visit to the restaurant. I couldn't wait to get back to the fresh mozzeralla . Very yummy. Last time, my husband and I had the specials but this time we ordered a standard menu item. We were so full from the meal, we weren't able to order cannolis for dessert, as we did the last time. Worth saving some room for that next time. We enjoyed the food as much as the first time. We were warmly greeted by the chefs and staff and look forward to our next visit.

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vipGoodfood
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Way too hot. Needs extensive air conditioning.

Food was good and the service was fine, have to return in the fall.

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JCDiners
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Fast friendly service. Food was terrific and piping hot when it was served. Just as our dishes should have been.

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DeborahL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Boss salad and gnocchi excellent. I look forward to trying more. Thank you for being in Mt Airy!

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PenelopeM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal and our waitress was an efficient and delightful young woman. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal at South Philly Italian Kitchen. The waitress was nice and the chef sent us a complimentary salad and fresh mozzarella. Both were excellent. My spouse had the gnocchi and loved it. I had the Vodka sauce rigatoni. Highly recommend this welcomed addition to Mt. Airy!

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vipSaraR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Food was only average. Excellent waitress though.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Trying out a new place. Food was excellent. Service was well intentioned and the server was very nice, just as the place was new, kinks where being worked out.

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vipBenB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The closest thing you're going to get to being invited to an Italian home for dinner. The whole staff is family and makes you feel part. The menu is a good size and the service was VERY attentive but not intrusive. The home made mozzarella is one of the best around and not to be missed. The pricing is an exceptional value for the quality of the meals. All in all, should be on EVERYONE's list of favorite Italian food.

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 4.7 stars by 36 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 bookings at the moment.