You’ll probably encounter a few tourists when you go to Ralph’s, but that’s kind of fair seeing as it’s one of the oldest Italian restaurants in the country (it opened its doors in 1900). You really feel like you’re stepping back in time, from the little tables all crammed together to the black and white photos hanging on the green tile and floral wallpapered walls, and the food is the sam way. Expect big portions of everything from spaghetti to shrimp scampi that you probably won’t be able to finish. On the plus side, you’ll have lunch for the next week.
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