Our History


Established in 1899, “Dante & Luigi’s, corona di ferro” is one of the oldest existing Italian restaurants in the United States.

Situated in the heart of the Italian Market district, it was once the destination of Italian immigrants arriving in Philadelphia. Unable to speak English, they arrived on the docks with the name of the restaurant written on a scrap of paper and pinned to their lapels. They were given lodging in the upstairs rooms and work in the restaurant.

Present Day

Dante & Luigi’s retains much of the same atmosphere as it had in the past. Housed in two converted town houses, the charm of yesterday still exists. The cuisine is a well-balanced mix of homemade, “Old World” specialties, along with delicious fresh seafood and exceptional daily specials.

Our History


This “old-world”, circa-1899 Italian in Bella Vista “does things the right way”, offering “outstanding” “classic” fare (including “veal that’ll melt in your mouth”) and “spot-on” service in a “lovely environment” that's a popular “special-occasion” venue; pay with cash and you get a 5% discount.