There are plenty of old school red sauce places in South Philly, but L’Angolo is one of the best. They take reservations, which is a huge advantage, and with a few separate rooms in the back, they don’t mind if you bring a group and enough wine to have a good time. Plus, their menu is full of fresh pasta and seafood dishes that are easily big enough to share. For a little bit of both, get the spaghetti scoglio.
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Bar Amis is an offshoot of Amis Trattoria that serves solid pasta and antipasti dishes in the Navy Yard.
Oregon Diner has a full bar and is open 24/7. For late night food after an Eagles game, there’s nowhere better (or cheaper).
Comfort and Floyd
Comfort & Floyd is a breakfast spot in Pennsport that feels almost like an elementary school classroom.
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Mercato is an Italian BYOB in Washington Square West that has a ton of outdoor seating in the summer.
Tre Scalini is a small Italian BYOB on East Passyunk with a bunch of sidewalk seating when it’s nice out.
The Center City location of Davio’s is the original one, and it’s a mix between a fancy Italian restaurant and a kitschy steakhouse.
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La Locanda Del Ghiottone
La Locada del Ghittone is an Italian BYOB in Old City that serves super solid and affordable pasta.
Head to Trattoria Carina in Fitler Square for some good outdoor seating and even better pasta.
If you’re going to a show at Union Transfer, stop by Osteria before hand to eat some pasta outside.
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