There are so many Italian BYOBs in Philly, and you can go to pretty much any of them and get a solid plate of pasta or chicken parm. And while Mercato is no exception - it’s a classic Italian neighborhood place that serves things like fontina-stuffed meatballs and ricotta gnocchi with short rib ragu - they have much more sidewalk seating than your average BYO. Plus, they also have windows that open all the way up so that the entire 30-seat room becomes an open-air restaurant.
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Talula’s Garden is a good back-pocket spot in Washington Square West that serves seasonal American food and has a great patio.
Kanella Grill is a Greek BYOB in Washington Square West that’s a great spot for a weeknight dinner.
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If you’re looking for some good Neapolitan-style pizza in a casual space, go to Pizzeria Vetri.
Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
Pastificio in South Philly is part market and part deli with really good Italian hoagies.
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Audrey Claire is a Mediterranean spot in Rittenhouse and it’s one of our favorite BYOBs in the area.
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