Ghibellina is that neighborhood Italian spot you find yourself always coming back to. The food - pizzas, pastas, and charcuterie - is straightforward, but very good. And the long leather booths, exposed brick, and open kitchen make the dining room a place where you’ll probably want to stay a while. Keep it in your back pocket for date night, dinner with your parents, and solo meals at the bar when you want to eat your pizza without talking to anyone.
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