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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The Love in Rittenhouse feels like a nicer version of a mall restaurant, but their pastas and fried chicken are some of the best around.
A.bar is the other half to its A.kitchen counterpart, and it’s a good place for a solo dinner or an early in the game date.
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Zavino Wine Bar & Pizzeria
Zavino is the perfect place to get a pizza and some wine when you don’t feel like making a decision about where to have dinner.
Joe Leone’s Italian Specialty Store
Joe Leone’s is the best place to stop for lunch or load your cooler up before a day at the beach in Point Pleasant. Make sure to get the eggplant pie.
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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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