photo credit: Melissa Evans
For places like Via Locusta, the excitement of going there begins with securing a reservation–you’ll probably need to make one weeks in advance. This Center City spot is where you can get mounds of pasta, warm focaccia, charred octopus, and a grilled swordfish steak while being surrounded by long mirrors, white subway tiling, and round marble tables. And since they have covered outdoor seating, you can also have a glass of wine while watching the action on Locust street and enjoying one of our favorites: the bucatini. The sauce is made with piave cheese and leek so it’s light, creamy, sweet, and has a strong oniony taste to it. They also have a Happy Hour from 4-6pm that features a lineup of $8 spritzes that come in orange, elderflower, and amrao-infused flavors, along with small plates like eggplant fritto for $6.