You have some friends visiting from the west coast and all they know about Philadelphia is that it has “a lot of Italian mob restaurants, right?” After you’ve finished rolling your eyes, take them to La Locanda. They serve great red-sauce Italian food, it’s pretty inexpensive, and the staff is so friendly it will make your out-of-town friends rethink everything they saw on It’s Always Sunny. It’s also BYOB, so make sure you pick up a bottle of wine or three on your way there.
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Farmicia is a casual restaurant in Old City with a good Happy Hour and perfectly decent comfort food.
Zahav is an Israeli restaurant in Old City/Society Hill that’s become a Philly institution.
La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
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Res Ipsa in Rittenhouse is a casual cafe during the day, but turns into a full-service Italian restaurant at night that’s perfect for a date.
Cry Baby Pasta
Cry Baby Pasta is a nice-looking pasta spot in Queen Village that’s good for a casual dinner with friends.
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Dim Sum Garden
Dim Sum Garden in Chinatown is affordable and BYOB, which makes it a great spot to start a night or anytime you want some soup dumplings.
Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
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