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May 10, 2007 03:33 PM

Italian in Philly

Hi - I'm a college student trying to arrange an anniversary dinner for my girlfriend next week, and I'm looking for a decent Italian restaurant accessible by SEPTA. I remember a good red Italian place that I went to last year near Redding Terminal Market, which started with an M, but I'm having some difficulty tracking it down without a name. Any other suggestions would be great, I know that good Italian isn't hard to find in the area but would appreciate your advice. Would prefer to spend less than $60, but I'm sure I can work something out if a particular place is really worth it. Thanks!

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  1. It's not red gravy Italian, but my very favorite Italian place, Mr. Martino's Trattoria, meets your needs otherwise. It's two blocks from the Tasker-Morris stop on the Broad Street subway line, romantic, inexpensive, and delicious. It's BYO as well, so that helps keep the price down. Is the $60 figure including wine?

    1. You're probably thinking of Maggiano's Little Italy at 12th and Filbert, though many Chowhounds would dispute that this run of the mill chain is "decent Italian."

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      1. re: Cruz

        for what you are looking for goto L"Angolo on 15th and Porter, you will not be disappointed.

        1. re: Cruz

          Please don't go to Maggianos!

          I love Caffe Casta Diva

          Others love L'Angolo, Tre Scalini

          1. re: saturninus

            L"Angolo is walking distance (2 blocks) to Broad Street Line subway. A great place to celebrate and food is good and affordable. BYOB makes it a plus.