Located in an old hardware store in South Philly, Mr. Martino’s Trattoria is exactly the kind of old-school Italian BYOB that tourists expect to see as soon as they step out of 30th Street Station. And it checks all the boxes: homemade pastas cooked in a one-woman kitchen, furniture and decor that were probably there when they moved in, and a staff that acts like you’re part of their obscenely large family (for better or worse). The one problem is that it’s only open on weekends, so you have to either get there early or call on a day that they happen to be picking up the phone for a reservation.
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Mighty Bread Company
Mighty Bread Company’s shop in South Philly is only opened on weekends and usually sells out by noon, but you should go for their sourdough alone.
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.
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.
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Brigantessa is a two-floor Italian spot on East Passyunk that has good, cheap pizza and wine.
Head to Trattoria Carina in Fitler Square for some good outdoor seating and even better pasta.
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Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick is one of the best restaurants in Philly, with a formal dining room upstairs and a more casual bar below.
Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
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