Ralph’s Italian Restaurant… Oldest Family Owned Italian Restaurant in U.S.A.
Ralph’s is owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Dispigno family, ensuring that you will receive the same great food and high quality service that has been a Ralph’s tradition for over 112 years!
Francesco and Catherine lived the American Dream. They arrived with their three-year-old son at New York ‘s Ellis Island in 1893 from their home in Naples and made their way to Philadelphia . They settled in a growing Italian community in the neighborhood where Ralph’s Restaurant is still located. In 1900, taking every cent they had, they rented a building that their new restaurant would call home for the next 15 years.
Theodore Roosevelt was the first of a long-line of celebrities who have made Ralph’s their Philadelphia destination. Located at 760 S. 9th Street , since 1915, Ralph’s has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Tom LaSorda, Joey Giardello, Rocky Marciano, Sergio Franci, Al Martino, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Keaton, Heather Locklear, Dom DeLuise and countless others. Philadelphia luminaries from Connie Mack to Mayor Frank Rizzo have found Ralph’s just the right place for dinner.
In 1986 Fior D’Italia, a restaurant located in San Francisco, commissioned a research project that proved, beyond doubt, that they were the nation’s oldest, founded in 1886, but Ralph’s is still both the second oldest of all Italian restaurants in America and the nation’s oldest Italian restaurant owned and operated by the same family!
If I had to describe Ralph’s in one sentence it would sound something like this:
“Gi-normous portions of great tasting authentic Italian food at a reasonable price”.
I just had lunch at Ralph’s today, but I have been there several times over the years and I have never had a bad experience. Their prices are reasonable, especially considering the quality and quantity of the food.The lunch menu runs around $7-$12 so I assumed that the lunch portions would be small compared to the dinner menu…but the portions were HUGE!
Our order: Veal Parm w/ Spaghetti and Flounder Francaise with a side of spaghetti. The Veal Parm was bigger than my head and tasted amazing. The sauce for the spaghetti reminded me of the way my Italian grandmom used to make it, authentic and homemade. The Flounder was cooked to perfection and highlighted with a delicious cream sauce.
As an Italian who grew up in South Philly eating home-cooked meals made from scratch by my Italian grandmother, I think I am a good judge of how Italian food should taste, and Ralph’s menu is spot on.
It also doesn’t hurt that you end up with enough leftovers to feed a small village.
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