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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