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Ristorante Pesto

COVID-19 Update: This restaurant is only available for takeout or delivery at this time.


Portabella alla Parmigiana
Portabella mushrooms prepared in a rose sauce topped with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses
Peperoni Arrostiti con la Mozzarella
Fire roasted red peppers and mozzarella marinated with fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil
Misto Italiano
A mix of select Italian cheese and meats
Grigliata Vegetale
Variety of grilled vegetables marinated with extra virgin olive oil and fresh garlic
Calamari Fritti
Tender fried calamari served with lemon or marinara sauce
Grilled Italian bread topped with fresh tomatoes and herbs in virgin olive oil
Steamed​ mussels served in your chose of marinara or oil and garlic sauce
Steamed clams served in your choice of marinara or oil and garlic sauce
Minestra del Giorno
Soup of the day
Insalata di Cesare
Fresh​ romaine with our special Caesar dressing and homemade croutons
Tomatoes topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil
Insalata Mista
A variety of fresh field greens and shaved parmigiano served with our special house vinaigrette
Insalata Alla Gorgonzola
Spring mix served with gorgonzola cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and walnuts in a balsamic vinaigrette
Gnocchi al Pesto
Homemade potato dumplings
Special Pesto Sauce
Rose Sauce
Gorgonzola Sauce
Fettuccine Alfredo
Homemade fettuccine with cream sauce and parmesan cheese
with Proscuitto
without Proscuitto
Penne Primavera
Penne with a variety of vegetables
Rose Sauce
Cream Sauce
Linguine Pescatora
Linguine served with shrimp, mussels, and clams
Red Sauce
White Sauce
Spaghetti alle Vongole
Spaghetti with clams
Red Sauce
White Sauce
Linguine alla Scogliera
Linguine in a tomato sauce topped with lobster and shrimp
Penne alla Puttanesca
Penne with chopped veal in a mildy spicy tomato sauce with black and green olives
Vitello alla Parmigiana
Veal cutlet topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese in a rosé sauce
Vitello alla Fiorentina
Veal cutlet topped with spinach, mozarella and parmesan cheese in a rosé sauce
Vitello Mare e Monti
Veal medallions with jumbo shrimp, mozzarella cheese, and prosciutto in a mushroom demiglasse sauce
Vitello Francese
Battered veal medallions topped with crabmeat in a lemon butter sauce
Vitello alla Marsala
Veal medallions sautéed with mushrooms in a marsala win sauce
Vitello Piccata
Veal medallions sautéed in a lemon butter sauce
Costoletta di Vitello alla Griglia
12 oz grilled veal chop
Quattro Formaggi
12 oz veal chop stuffed with four cheeses: Provolone, Mozzarella, Parmigiano and Swiss cheese in a demiglasse sauce
Saltimbocca alla Romana
Veal topped with prosciutto and swiss cheese sautéed in a marsala and cream sauce with sage
Bistecca alla Griglia
Grilled 8 oz angus steak
Bistecca alla Bordolese
8 oz sautéed angus steak served with sweet pepper in a demiglasse red wine sauce
Pollo Parmigiana
Chicken cutlet topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese in a rosé sauce
Pollo alla Marsala
Chicken breast sautéed with mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce
Pollo Piccata
Chicken breast sautéed in a lemon butter sauce
Pollo alla Fiorentina
Chicken cutlet topped with spinach and mozzarella cheese in a creamy demiglasse sauce
Pollo alla Zingara
Chicken breast sautéed with olives, capers, and tomatoes in a white wine sauce
Pollo ai Carciofi
Chicken breast sautéed with artichokes, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese in white wine sauce
Pollo alla Gianna
Grilled chicken breast topped with pesto or tapenade (olive sauce) on a bed of field greens
Pollo alla Bolognese
Chicken breast topped with prosciutto, swiss cheese in a marsala wine sauce
Aragosta Fra Diavolo
8 oz lobster tail in spicy red sauce covered with shrimp, clams and mussels served over linguine Market Price
Salmone alla Griglia
Grilled salmon dressed with olive oil, garlic and lemon sauce
Shrimp Scampi
Jumbo shrimp over linguine served in the following sauces: rosé, cognac cream, or oil and garlic
Salmone alla Veneziana
Filet of salmon decorated with shrimp, clams, mussels and crabmeat sautéed in your choice of a lemon, cream or rose' sauce
Zuppa di Pesce
Lobster,​ scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, flounder in a marinara sauce over bread or linguine
Light delicious homemade ricotta cheesecake (Mom's Special Recipe)
Chocolate Lover's Delight
Chocolate cake made with creamy chocolate frosting surrounded by chocolate chips
Crème Brûlée
Cooked creamy custard with burnt sugar topping for a glazed effect
Snickers Pie
Snickers bar made with cream cheese
Italian speciality made with whipped marscarpone Cheese, espresso and flavored with coffee liqueur
Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Cake
Assorted Sorbets
(Please ask server)
Giovanni and Concetta Varallo are honored to welcome you to RISTORANTE PESTO. Our meals are prepared in the finest Authentic Italian Tradition, using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients available. Chef Giovanni Varallo's and Chef Maria Varallo-Facenda's care, dedication and attention to detail transform every dish into a work of art. We hope your stay with us is a "Dining Experience."
$21 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Parking Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ordered Takeout from PESTO for Kathy’s Birthday.. Ordered Many Entrees and Appetizers with sides of Vegetables and Pasta along with Gorgonzola salad and Warm Radicchio.. Free Marinated Carrots and Bread. Everthing cooked to perfection as usual.. Delivered in the time requested. All Guests were Extremely...More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed yesterday

The staff is working even harder during the quarantine! You get the same portions and the same hospitality for takeout and delivery as you would if you dined in!

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 6 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Pesto has delicious food and very friendly service, BYOB or buy your wine there. No corking fee (great). Now you can pick up or order delivery. A must is the Eggplant appetizer. One of my favs. I've...More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Philadelphia to visit with friends from waaay back. We were jonesing Italian food, and found Ristorante Pesto on Tripadvisor At last - someplace that lives up to the hype! The atmosphere was warm and homey, the servers friendly and efficient. The restaurant was...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious authentic Italian food, very at home feeling. The steak is excellent, always phenomenal! Shrimp scampi is one of my favorites, takeout only right now and it’s still delicious!!!

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered ristorante pesto tonight. All I can say is, delicious. Never disappoints. Always consistent. Amazing!!

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We initially ordered from pesto through grub hub to find out that they were not a part of grub hub. After canceling our order through grub hub because they fraudulently listed that restaurant pesto was a part of them, we called and ordered for delivery....More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Covid-19 is forcing us to be creative and Philadelphia restaurants do not disappoint. I just did takeout from Pesto, one of the faves that I have reviewed a number of times, and it was just as good to eat at home as it would have...More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so pleased to find out our favorite Italian Restaurant, Pesto's was doing take-out on Mother's Day We had a Delicious dinner delivered to our door. Missing going out to the restaurant, but the food was,as always, fantastic. We want to support our local...More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Missing being with my family on mother's day, I decided I wasn't going to cook for just myself and my fellow cell-mates. LOL. Called our favorite restaurant who were doing take-out even on Mother's Day. Ristorante Pesto was perfect! It came hot and on-time and...More

Date of visit: May 2020
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November 24, 2019|
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Response from JRSS50 | Reviewed this property |
ANYWHERE !!! You can sit ON THE FLOOR , & the FOOD& SERVICE will make you not even notice or care !!!!!!
June 4, 2019|
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Response from DAZZ510 | Reviewed this property |
deicious delicious and delicious
June 11, 2018|
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Response from JRSS50 | Reviewed this property |
Forget the musicians !!! JUST ENJOY THE FOOD !!!! Leave the tip & take the cannolis !!!!!
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