Philly has its fair share of restaurants in big, historic buildings, but most of them are white-tablecloth spots filled with people who look like characters from Clue. Porta is different. It’s the third location of an Asbury Park pizza shop and just like the first two, it’s fun. The walls of what used to be a furniture store are covered in graffiti, and the huge space is perfect for you to invite all of your friends, and then for them to invite all of their friends. After dinner, they even set up a dance floor, so you don’t have to split two Ubers six ways to get to a crowded bar in Fishtown.
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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.
Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
Alpen Rose is a small steakhouse in Midtown Village that looks like the inside of a retired Harvard professor’s personal library.
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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.
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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Head to Trattoria Carina in Fitler Square for some good outdoor seating and even better pasta.
Pizza Brain is a slice shop, BYO, and pizza museum on Frankford with huge pies and a nice patio outback.
The Original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria
Tacconelli’s is a reservation and cash-only spot in Port Richmond serving crispy, thin crust pizzas.
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