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The Taste of Italy

Fiorella features fresh pastas for intimate gatherings.

By Ava Diaz

The Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe pasta served at Fiorella


Centrally located in one of Philadelphia’s historic districts—the Italian Market—Fiorella is a new haven for pasta lovers near and far. Crafting homemade eats with historic integrity, creator behind the restaurant, Marc Vetri, opted for maintaining the building’s rich past. Originally established in 1892 as a storefront by Luigi Fiorella, it was once known for its high quality, great tasting sausage.

Now a fresh pasta bar—named after Fiorella himself—it serves a collection of noodle dishes, antipasti (the traditional first-course meal of a formal Italian meal), and dessert throughout its indoor and outdoor dining spaces.

“There really isn’t another pasta bar in the city,” says Jessica Mollica, director of private events for Fiorella. “This unique, specialty menu brings in people [because] we are able to truly master the craft of pasta making.”

Menu highlights include a New England-style warm seafood salad, ricotta gnocchi, rigatoni with Fiorella sausage ragu, and for something sweet: the olive oil cake with chocolate, orange, and pistachio. It also offers a variety of craft cocktails, zero-proof mocktails, wine, and beer to compliment.

Group dining experiences include a semi-private indoor butcher’s counter on the first floor for up to 10 guests, and a fully private room located on the venue’s second floor for up to 18 diners.

Menu offerings for these private gatherings feature a prefixed, multi-course menu curated by the Fiorella chefs.

Fiorella is Vetri’s second food concept in Philadelphia. The first, Vetri Cucina, is his landmark Italian restaurant that features an exclusive and elegant four-course menu tasting experience for $165 per person.