Spasso Italian Grille has one very important function, and that is a weeknight Happy Hour where you can spend next to nothing and get a full meal. It’s every weeknight until 7pm and includes specials like $3 beers, $4 fried ravioli, and $6 Manhattans. You can also go for a full dinner, and while it’s not the most amazing Italian food you’ll ever have, it’s cheap, the pasta is good, and it’s all served in a cavern-like space that kind of reminds us of the Pirates of The Caribbean ride at Disney World.
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The Plough And The Stars
Go to The Plough & The Stars to drink double-strength cocktails and maybe dance to Justin Timberlake remixes.
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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is an Italian restaurant in Fishtown where you should go for a date or a nicer-than-usual weeknight dinner.
Termini Brothers Bakery
Termini Bros in Reading Terminal Market has great baked goods and pastries - especially cookies and cannolis.
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