I think nationally, and certainly internationally, people don't realize how good the food scene is in Philadelphia. It's not just the quality, but also the diversity -- from hole-in-the-wall sandwich shops and streetside food trucks to outrageously trendy restaurants and white tablecloth fine dining. I want to highlight a few of the places I've visited in just the last week:
Capogiro: Their gelato is fantastic, the best I've had since Perche No in Florence. Flavors change daily and vary between their four locations: two in Center City, one by Penn, and one on Passyunk. Highlights: sweet basil, wildflower honey, and gianduja.
DiBruno Bros: After living in Switzerland, I've developed a real taste for fine cheeses and charcuterie. This shop in the Italian Market is going to be my salvation. Something to try: duck prosciutto made in Warminster, PA.
Giwa: A small Korean restaurant near Rittenhouse Square that I recently visited with my friend Katie for lunch. They have a really nice dol sot bibim bap.
Paesano's: I'd heard so much about this sandwich shop (actually two locations, one near the Italian Market, one on Girard) that I had to go. After all, who can resist the Arista, a roast pork sandwich piled high with roast suckling pig. I plan on going back -- I have, conservatively, five more sandwiches I absolutely must try.
Nan: This is a Thai-French BYO at the western edge of Penn's campus. Really nice food (my dad's black cod was expertly prepared), with a nice neighborhood feel to it.