Vegan paradise Pietramala is a produce-first kind of place, focusing solely on produce from in and around Pennsylvania. This paves the way for a hyper-focus on seasonality, and you’ll find menus change often to ensure farm-fresh goodness. Regardless of what’s on the docket, you can universally expect a lovingly curated collection of vegan dishes and specialties, handled with care to put flavor front and center. It’s BYOB, so be sure to grab a bottle of natural wine to round out the meal.
Too often the best pizza in Philly can be notoriously hard to order, and often require a bit of planning ahead of time. But pie lovers, rejoice! Brooklyn-born Paulie Gee’s has set up shop in Philly, and it’s everything you need to satisfy those spur-of-the-moment pizza cravings. You can dine in at the retro-tinged space, featuring vinyl, pool tables, and a bar, or get one of the massive pies delivered. The slices are classic Brooklyn-style and beautiful for folding, with vegan options available too.
Chef Alexandra Holt is offering an eight-course dinner tasting menu that is always in flux, following no one type of cuisine but always sharing a thread of innovation. The playful BYOB spot is equally casual yet elevated, serving the perfect whimsical atmosphere to match the meal. Past dishes have included tomato cannolis, kombu ice cream, basque cheesecake, raclette cake with caviar, and more—take a peak at Instagram to get a hint of what you might see during a visit.
Another vegan-friendly spot is moving into town, this time with plant-based Fitz on 4th taking over the previous Fitz and Starts space. Visit for a smattering of vegan plates like empanadas, “crab” cake, and pink penne, and pair it with a signature vegan cocktail like the Fitz Eclipse featuring turmeric-infused vodka with carrot and lemon zest.
Saami Somi takes advantage of the undying, universal love for all things bread and cheese with khachapuri, a Georgian dish that boils down to a sourdough boat housing cheese, eggs, and all kinds of other good stuff. While the full complete menu of Georgian dishes is still in the works, Saami Somi also offers hand-rolled soup dumplings, small plates, and fresh bread in addition to four khachapuri options.
After a few COVID-era delays, Wilder launched onto the Rittenhouse dining scene with a spectacular space that shows off gorgeous design as a backdrop for a fun, approachable menu of elevated favorites. In addition to Neapolitan pizza and fresh crudo taking center stage, Wilder dishes out handmade pasta, stunning raw bar platters, and some on-point mains like the dry-aged strip steak with parm potatoes or Spanish octopus finished with charred eggplant puree and pesto. At the bar you’ll find curated drafts and cans, smart cocktails, and bubbly.