There are plenty of old school red sauce places in South Philly, but L’Angolo is one of the best. They take reservations, which is a huge advantage, and with a few separate rooms in the back, they don’t mind if you bring a group and enough wine to have a good time. Plus, their menu is full of fresh pasta and seafood dishes that are easily big enough to share. For a little bit of both, get the spaghetti scoglio.
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Mike’s BBQ is a tiny barbecue spot in South Philly with some of the best smoked meat in the city.
It might not be the best cheesesteak in the city, but Tony Luke’s does have one of the better ones.
SOMO SoPhi is a two-level American restaurant near the stadiums with tons of outdoor seating.
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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is an Italian restaurant in Fishtown where you should go for a date or a nicer-than-usual weeknight dinner.
Cry Baby Pasta
Cry Baby Pasta is a nice-looking pasta spot in Queen Village that’s good for a casual dinner with friends.
The Center City location of Davio’s is the original one, and it’s a mix between a fancy Italian restaurant and a kitschy steakhouse.
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La Locanda Del Ghiottone
La Locada del Ghittone is an Italian BYOB in Old City that serves super solid and affordable pasta.
Head to Trattoria Carina in Fitler Square for some good outdoor seating and even better pasta.
If you’re going to a show at Union Transfer, stop by Osteria before hand to eat some pasta outside.
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