Little Nonna’s is deceptive. From the outside, you would think you’re just passing by a bakery or small cafe. But this is just a front for what’s happening in the back - a big garden space with string lights hung up on the trellis that covers the whole patio. For a date in Midtown Village, you can’t do much better. The menu is full of classic Italian things, but the Sunday gravy is why you should come here. You'll get a plate full of braised short ribs and fennel sausage covered in marinara, and they sometimes run out of it before the night is over, so you want to make a reservation here on the earlier side.
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The Continental Mid-Town
The Continental in Midtown is basically the same as the one in Old City - with good drinks and bar food - except this one has an indoor/outdoor roof.
Tredici Enoteca is a wine bar in Midtown Village that has a big, inexpensive wine list and solid small plates.
Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
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Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
The Center City location of Davio’s is the original one, and it’s a mix between a fancy Italian restaurant and a kitschy steakhouse.
Monsu is an Italian BYOB in South Philly that has affordable food and outdoor seating in the summer.
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