Bella Vista, meaning “beautiful sight”, was named by the Italian immigrants that once called this area home. Their influence reigns throughout the area, but none more so than at the famous Italian Market, the largest open air market of it’s kind in the county. Bella Vista is a coveted neighborhood in South Philadelphia, bounded by 6th Street to the east, 11th Street to the west, South Street to the north, and Washington Avenue to the south. The neighborhood is considered the brunch capital of Philadelphia, has a bocce league that plays at Bardascino Park (10th & Carpenter Streets), and features a permanent community garden at 10th & Kimball. Bella Vista also features the Italian Market, the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States.The School District of Philadelphia operates public school in Bella Vista; portions of the area are served by Andrew Jackson Elementary School, William M. Meredith School, and George W. Nebinger School, while all residents are zoned to Furness High School.Restaurant highlights include: Little Fish (746 S. 6th St.), Good King Tavern (614 S. 7th St.), and Southwark Restaurant (701 S. 4th St.).
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