This private and exclusive VIP tour is a dream for foodies. South Philadelphia’s Italian Market is known the world over for its specialty food shops, the highest quality meats and cheeses, authentic bakeries and so much more. The energy of the Market is rooted in the small business owners (some 5th generation!) that offer the very best with family pride and generous hearts. Come hungry. There will be custom tastings ready for you at each stop.
Your personal tour guide, Chef Jacquie, a native of South Philadelphia, grew up with many of the shop owners! These lifelong relationships combined with Jacquie’s exuberance and warmth get you into Basil DeLuca’s kitchen at Villa Di Roma to learn his secret recipe for the Best Meatball (Food Feuds, Italian Feuds—Food Network) and the Best Red Sauce (it’s gravy!) (Philadelphia Magazine)! This behind-the-scenes opportunity is one you won’t find anywhere else.
Chef Jacquie will greet you with a sample of Italian Market coffee, the signature blend at Anthony’s Italian Coffee perfect to sip with your Italian sweet treat.
Savor luscious samples at the world-famous Di Bruno Bros. – in addition to expert cheese pairings, you will also sample buttery and rich imported olives.
Sniff, swirl and sip premium balsamic vinegars and extra virgin olive oils at Cardenas Oil and Vinegar Taproom. Learn proper tasting techniques during this fun demo.
Taste authentic Mexican flavors with hot, fresh made corn tortillas and homemade salsa at Tortilleria San Roman.
Stroll through Fante’s Kitchen Shop, nationally recognized as one of the finest in the housewares industry and the place famous chefs and cookbook authors stop when they visit Philadelphia. View their beautiful knives and cookware, and get personalized recommendations for your home kitchen.
Experience the exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Basil Deluca, meatball and gravy maker at Villa Di Roma. Pull up a chair at your very own table to dine on Chef Frank’s homemade gnocchi (light as a pillow!) and award winning meatballs and a glass of vino!
The sweetest ending at Isgro Pastries and indulge in the best ricotta cheese and chocolate chip cannoli you’ll ever have. Chef Jacquie wraps up a surprise dessert for you to indulge in at home.
Make the most of your 10% VIP shopping discount the day of your tour. Chef Jacquie will be by your side to provide you with her culinary knowledge and expertise—whether you are looking for the perfect wine and cheese pairing, stocking your dream pantry full of foodie luxuries or honing your knife skills, Jacquie is an invaluable resource to guide you to the best of everything the market has to offer.
Tours can be customized to meet dietary needs. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available!
Tours available in English and Italian!