Birra is a small, casual Italian place with a pretty big selection of beers on tap and a ton of TVs that are usually playing sports. They have things like pasta and calamari, but your best bet here is the pizza. You can get a whole pie for $8 any time, but if you come during Happy Hour (which goes until 6pm on weeknights), you can get an entire cheese pizza for just $4, which is maybe the most ridiculous food deal in the city.
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ITV is a restaurant and cocktail bar in East Passyunk with solid small plates that works great for a casual date.
Palizzi Social Club
Palizzi Social Club is a members-only spot in East Passyunk. It’s hard to get a membership, but it’s worth it since the Italian food is so good.
Mike’s BBQ is a tiny barbecue spot in South Philly with some of the best smoked meat in the city.
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Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
A Mano is an Italian BYOB in Fairmount that works for everything from a casual weeknight dinner to an anniversary celebration.
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Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar has one of the biggest patios in East Passyunk, along with lots of wine and tapas.
Bing Bing Dim Sum
Bing Bing is a non-traditional dim sum spot in East Passyunk that’s great for a casual date or weeknight dinner.
Ralph’s Italian Restaurant
Ralph's is the oldest Italian restaurant in the city, and while there are usually a lot of tourists, the pasta is worth the trip.
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