There are plenty of old school red sauce places in South Philly, but L’Angolo is one of the best. They take reservations, which is a huge advantage, and with a few separate rooms in the back, they don’t mind if you bring a group and enough wine to have a good time. Plus, their menu is full of fresh pasta and seafood dishes that are easily big enough to share. For a little bit of both, get the spaghetti scoglio.
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SOMO SoPhi is a two-level American restaurant near the stadiums with tons of outdoor seating.
Blue Corn Restaurant
Blue Corn is a Mexican spot in the Italian Market with solid margaritas and some really great tacos.
John’s Roast Pork
There are a lot of places you can go for a cheesesteak in Philly, but John’s Roast Pork in South Philly is the best.
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Palizzi Social Club
Palizzi Social Club is a members-only spot in East Passyunk. It’s hard to get a membership, but it’s worth it since the Italian food is so good.
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La Locanda Del Ghiottone
La Locada del Ghittone is an Italian BYOB in Old City that serves super solid and affordable pasta.
Head to Trattoria Carina in Fitler Square for some good outdoor seating and even better pasta.
If you’re going to a show at Union Transfer, stop by Osteria before hand to eat some pasta outside.
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