In 1892, Luigi Fiorella opened his eponymous storefront in what is now one of Philadelphia’s most iconic historic districts – the Italian Market. Over time the Fiorella name became synonymous with the highest quality, best in class sausage.
Over a century later, when Fiorella’s landmark sausage business closed, and the family was looking for the right buyer for the building; serendipitously, Marc Vetri was searching for the perfect space to house a pasta bar. They met and the rest is South Philly history. The Fiorella family gave Marc their blessing to keep their name alive – along with the 220-pound solid-brass cash register—one of the last of its kind, and still working today. In a nod to the rich history of Fiorella, Marc kept as much of the storefront intact as possible and restored most of the space to its original grandeur. Because of this, the Fiorella you see today is still the intimate space you’re used to. Seating will be along the counter where you will find a selection of antipasti, pasta and a nightly dessert. Pastas are the main event and the highlight of Fiorella. The menu will feature around 6 pastas daily, allowing. Marc will bring decades of technique and experience to the small space which will create a truly unique dining experience. While Fiorella will be a destination, it is our hope that it is a part of your evening: come in, have a plate of pasta with a drink and go on with the rest of your night, or make this the last stop on your stroll of the Italian market.
We want you to be able to be spontaneous so we do not take reservations, it is first come, first serve. We’ll keep a wait list on our busy nights where you’re welcome to enjoy a cocktail with us. The team has created an intimate selection of wines by the glass and bottle as well as house made cocktails, beers and soft drinks for you to enjoy.
We’re excited to share the history of Fiorella and look forward to making new memories in this hallowed space.