Trattoria Carina is in Fitler Square and you’ll feel the shift as soon as you cross 20th street. It’s a little quieter and less flashy than most places around Rittenhouse, but the food and cocktails are both great, and they have a lot of outdoor seating. It’s a good option for a weeknight date, or really any time you want to spend the night drinking Negronis and eating spaghetti with clams.
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Rosy’s Taco Bar
Go to Rosy’s for a big group dinner that won’t cost you a ton of money, even if you add in a few margaritas.
Bob & Barbara’s Cocktail Lounge
Bob & Barbara’s is exactly what you want from a dive bar. It’s also the birthplace of the Citywide, so it’s basically royalty.
Spice Finch is a Mediterranean spot in Rittenhouse that’s great for everything from a client dinner to drinks at the bar.
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Fiore Fine Foods
Fiore is an attractive all-day, Italian place that’s good for sharing some pasta and a bottle of wine with a friend.
Chef Vola’s is an old-school Italian spot in Atlantic City that’s straight out of Boardwalk Empire.
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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.
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.
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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