There are a lot of old-school Italian BYOBs in Philadelphia that are filled with tourists, but this one isn’t. It’s a little more under the radar, and it has a lot more South Philly left in it than most other places in the city. There are pictures of customers and their families hung up on the walls, and if you go on a weeknight, most of the people there seem like they’ve been eating pasta here since it opened in the ’60s. The menu is long and has all of the things you’d expect from an Italian spot, including what feels like an unlimited amount of pasta combinations, and it’s the kind of place you’ll want to keep to yourself and tell everyone in the world about at the same time.
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