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Feb 12, 2008 08:30 AM

Italian Dinner in Western Philly Suburbs

I'm heading to dinner on Friday night with my girlfriend, brother and his girlfriend. We live in the Manayunk and western Philly suburbs and are looking for a nice Italian dinner that won't break the bank. Any ideas?

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  1. This is a true conundrum!
    There isn't one great Italian restaurant anywhere is the areas you mentioned that I would feel comfortable suggesting.
    For just plain decent Italian restaurants in those areas I would suggest:
    San Pietro in Ardmore
    Fellini's in Ardmore (BYOB -- I was there last night.)
    Primavera Kitchen in Ardmore
    Positano in Ardmore (if it is still there)
    So it looks like Ardmore is it and they are only blocks from one another.
    (and they won't break the bank!)
    Finally, out on Route 30 in Berwyn there is the popular San Nicola restaurant.

    1. Pica's in Upper Darby and From The Boot in Lafayette Hill are two pretty good choices.

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      1. re: cheesewit

        From the Boot is the way to go. It's cheap, awesome, and BYOB.

      2. Why not stay in Manayunk and have dinner at Il Tartufo? I've always had great meals there and it is reasonably priced.

        1. YES! I just found Cassellis on Ridge Pike and it is great. From Manayunk you just go straight up Green Lane and make a left onto Ridge. It's down on the left about 2/3 miles. They only take cash and no reservations. Here is a copy of my post about it:
          Thank you so much to those who recommended Casselli's on Ridge Pike. We just got back and it was the perfect neighborhood Italian-red sauce restaurant. The portions were huge, the food was very good, the prices were rock bottom, the atmosphere was relaxed, the service was attentive, and the singer was adorable. We will definitely be going back and it is now on my list of favorite places. $10 for my lasagna which included, bread, soup and salad is awesome, and I have leftovers for tomorrow because of the portion size. Thanks again!

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          1. re: Main Line Tracey

            MLT: That's a great call! Love that place and always forget to list it.

            1. re: Main Line Tracey

              Thanks, I had forgotten about Casselli's. The food is good. When do they have a singer?

              1. re: JanR

                I believe that they said that they have a singer every night that they are open. I would call to confirm. The singer reminded me of the kind of lounge singer that you would see way off,off-the-strip at a Vegas Italian joint. Lots of Sinatra..... We loved him and it added so much to the mood of the place. He starts singing at 7pm. Also, their menu is on I love checking out menus before going to a restaurant.

            2. I also went to a place on ridge pike once in roxborough called PTR. It was pretty good. I'll second the suggestion of Il Tartufo though. I've enjoyed it the few times i've been there.