Updated: Sep 12, 2020
There are a number of Italian restaurants and bake shops in South Philadelphia, but Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, established in 1900, is among the most notable of them all. Ralph’s is the oldest Italian restaurant in the country. Over the last 120 years, it has gained a reputation and loyal following for classic Italian American dishes like spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs are made with a mix of ground beef and ground pork, which gives them a tender and velvety texture. Along with local customers, celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Taylor Swift have dined at this storied South Philly location.