You know when you train for a race for months and then the day before the race, your brother decides to run it too, and then he somehow beats you? That’s kind of like what A Mano is to every other Italian BYOB in Philly. Everything they do seems effortless, from the upscale, but still somehow casual feel of the dining room to the food, which tastes like it was made in a back-alley kitchen in Florence, but looks like the stuff you’d find in the most expensive and technical restaurants in the city. If we were the owners of another Italian spot in town, we’d probably be pretty annoyed. But we’re not, so we’re not.
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When you’re heading out with a group and no one made plans, try any of these spots.
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The Monkey & The Elephant Café
The Monkey & The Elephant is a coffee shop in Fairmount with a great back patio.
Flambo Caribbean Restaurant
Flambo is a Trinidadian BYOB in Fairmount where you can get a ton of food to split with friends and still keep it pretty cheap.
La Calaca Feliz
Bring a date or a group to La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount for margaritas, fish tacos, and huge portions of guacamole.
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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is an Italian restaurant in Fishtown where you should go for a date or a nicer-than-usual weeknight dinner.
Birra is a casual pizza and beer spot in East Passyunk that’s good for watching games and Happy Hour.
Brigantessa is a two-floor Italian spot on East Passyunk that has good, cheap pizza and wine.
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Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
Little Nonna’s is an Italian spot in Midtown Village that has the perfect back garden for a date night.
La Locanda Del Ghiottone
La Locada del Ghittone is an Italian BYOB in Old City that serves super solid and affordable pasta.
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