Philly has its fair share of restaurants in big, historic buildings, but most of them are white-tablecloth spots filled with people who look like characters from Clue. Porta is different. It’s the third location of an Asbury Park pizza shop and just like the first two, it’s fun. The walls of what used to be a furniture store are covered in graffiti, and the huge space is perfect for you to invite all of your friends, and then for them to invite all of their friends. After dinner, they even set up a dance floor, so you don’t have to split two Ubers six ways to get to a crowded bar in Fishtown.
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Termini Brothers Bakery
Termini Bros in Reading Terminal Market has great baked goods and pastries - especially cookies and cannolis.
Zavino Wine Bar & Pizzeria
Zavino is the perfect place to get a pizza and some wine when you don’t feel like making a decision about where to have dinner.
Butcher And Singer
Butcher & Singer is a steakhouse in Center City where you should go when someone else is picking up the tab.
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Le Virtu is a casual Italian place in East Passyunk with solid pasta and a great outdoor area.
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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Head to Trattoria Carina in Fitler Square for some good outdoor seating and even better pasta.
Pizza Brain is a slice shop, BYO, and pizza museum on Frankford with huge pies and a nice patio outback.
The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria
Tacconelli’s is a reservation and cash-only spot in Port Richmond serving crispy, thin crust pizzas.
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