Ambra is right next door to Southwark and is owned by the same people, but serves Italian food and feels much more upscale. The tiny, 16-seat restaurant has only one option - a four-course tasting menu for $72 - with things like squid ink spaghetti and Sicilian lamb breast, plus a complimentary glass of champagne when you first arrive. If you want to continue drinking wine after you finish your free glass, they also have one of the better lists in the city - with a focus on Italian reds.
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Jim’s is a classic cheesesteak shop on South Street that has a line around the block at pretty much any time of day.
Southwark is a bar and restaurant in Queen Village that’s basically a 3-in-1, with a cocktail bar, a dressy dining room, and a casual back patio.
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Ralph’s Italian Restaurant
Ralph's is the oldest Italian restaurant in the city, and while there are usually a lot of tourists, the pasta is worth the trip.
Melograno is a small Italian BYOB in Rittenhouse that works well for date night or a big group dinner.
If you’re looking for some good Neapolitan-style pizza in a casual space, go to Pizzeria Vetri.
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Fitz And Starts
Fitz And Starts is an all-day spot in Queen Village where you’ll go for breakfast, stick around until lunch, and consider coming back for dinner.
Cry Baby Pasta
Cry Baby Pasta is a nice-looking pasta spot in Queen Village that’s good for a casual dinner with friends.
Royal Sushi & Izakaya
Royal Sushi & Izakaya in Queen Village does the best sushi omakase in the city and has a fun bar up front.
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