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Mar 4, 2007 01:32 PM

Best Italian in South Philly ?

It's been a long time since we were there last. What are the great ones now?
There used to be a good one where the chefs were all female. Can't remember
the name, but is it still there? Thanks in advance.

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  1. You might be thinking of August, at 13th and Wharton. The co-owners are women, and one of them is the chef. It's a small, attractive BYOB with very good food - we like it very much.
    One of our favorites is Tre Scalini, which has moved to the 1915 Passyunk Ave.
    L'Angolo, at 15th and Porter, has always been good, though it was a little off on our last visit.
    Other people have other favorites - just browse the Board.

    1. tough one to call, it really is personal preference. the only one i would avoid like the plague would be villa di roma. it is precisely the type of place that the people who started buca di beppo were like 'a-ha! i think i've got it!!'.

      1. My favorite is Mr. Martino's Trattoria, on Passyunk between Tasker and Morris. I have unfortunately never been to L'Angolo, though I have been to August and Tre Scalini. The former was OK but didn't live up to the hype, the latter was good but the menu concentrates more on seafood, which I'm not a big fan of. Mr. Martino's also has great atmosphere.

        1. I also love Mr Martino's although I haven't been for a bit - my fault not theirs. I liked L'Angolo -- loved it the first time, disappointed when I returned with friends the next - seems to have to do with who is working that night.
          I do have to say that I would never call Villa d'Roma one of the "great ones" but it has its place - a diner like atmosphere with wine and red gravy - and there are nights when that is just perfect.

          1. Oh My SylviaG! You have to learn to be a little more tolerant then that! There is really nothing at all wrong with Villa Di Roma. Of course, if your heart is set on upscale, pretentious food, then it is wrong for you. But to compare it to Buca whatever breaks my heart. It is good honest food as is Ralphs.

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            1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

              The food is good, but the service can be nasty and rude, esp. when there are children involved. It's not nice to be told, when half the place is empty, (a) to wait 20 minutes to be seated, and (b) to have your 3-year-old yelled at for sitting on a bar stool, when there's no place else to sit.

              1. re: OlderPhiladelphian

                OlderPhiladelphian, you have the posters mixed up. I never said a word about Villa Di Roma. I think it's just fine for what it is. I think you were reading the post from Bigley9. It's a little confusing, with our names separated by that dotted line under the post.

                As for Tre Scalini - one of our favorites - Buckethead, you should go back and try the veal chop or the veal filets - thick, juicy, tender, and as good as you will find anywhere. I never had steak there - usually can't get past having pasta or that great veal - so I don't know about that.
                We did try Mr. Martino's once and were disappointed, but that was a long time ago and we should probably give it another try.

                1. re: sylviag

                  Please I like Villa! It was Mazza3 who told people not to go!

                  1. re: Bigley9

                    with good reason. i grew up around the corner from villa di roma and ralph's (and dante and luigi's, the saloon, mamma yolanda's, cus' little italy, palumbo's, nostalgia, cent'anni, cafe lido, now vesuvio, etc.) and villa di roma stinks. it made me lose faith in craig laban's taste buds when i read his glowing review about it. ralph's is bleh too, but more palatable.

                    everyone is entitled to their opinion. and being an italian american, i may have higher standards of what makes a good italian restaurant because both of my grandparents were such amazing cooks and if a restaurant can't measure up to those peasants, they are definitely not worth it. if you don't want to take my opinion, that's is fine by me, but i would never recommend villa di roma to anyone (literally). ralph's does a few things right (very very good sausage and peppers), but overall they get an eh too.