Press and awards

Chef Cicala was a finalist in the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards for “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic” (Chef Cicala also was a James Beard semifinalist nominee in 2012, 2013 and 2014)

Philadelphia Inquirer Laban: 3 Bells (Excellent) April 17 2011

“South Philadelphia’s best authentic Italian restaurant”

“…as heartfelt and as painstakingly authentic as a restaurant homage gets”

“Joe Cicala…one of the city’s young kitchen talents to watch”

Zagat Philadelphia’s
“The 10 Pastas You Need to Try in Philly” (2015)
“The Essential Philadelphia Restaurants, April 2015″

Philadelphia magazine’s
“Best of Philly 2014: Best Dessert List”

Philadelphia magazine’s
“Best of Philly 2013: Best Italian Restaurant”

Philadelphia magazine’s
“Best of Philly 2012: Best Pasta”

#5 among Philadelphia magazine’s “Top 50 Restaurants” (2012) Rising Star Artisan Chef 2013

Notes from a Culinary Wasteland, Michael Tucker (actor/writer) March 30, 2011


“(Joe Cicala) and his Sous Chef Massimo Conocchioli are making a very special magic happen deep in the heart of South Philadelphia”
Philadelphia Magazine

“Best of Philly: Appetizer” (Olive all’ascolana) 2009
Philadelphia Magazine