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Jan 4, 2009 07:43 AM


Every year we come to Philly to see your wonderful Garden Show. And every year we try unsuccessfully to find a really good Neapolitan restaurant. What I use as a yardstick is how well they prepare linguine with garlicky white clam sauce. This year I'm fishing for recommendations two months in advance. Do any really good ones really exist in Philly?
Thanks in advance for any help.

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  1. Where have you eaten before that you did not like?

    If you like your linguine and clams with lots of garlic, you might like Bistro Romano. Personally, they put way too much garlic in it for me, but it might be just what you are looking for.

    1. Thanks for your response. I was beginning to think that a good Neapolitan didn't exist in Philly. I just checked out Bistro Romano on Menupages. Is that the one on Lombard St.?
      They gave it mixed reviews but I'm willing to try it based upon your reccommendation
      As to the restaurants I've tried before, I try to delete them from memory if I don't intend to go back. Last year we went to a very disappointing one a long cab ride out on Broad Street, but can't remember the name.

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      1. re: Larry Racies

        Yes it is on Lombard St and yes it does have mixed reviews. I have only been there once and my own experience was mixed. It has a very nice atmosphere (make sure you are seated downstairs) and it seems quite popular...the place was packed the night we were there, perhaps it would be less so on a weekday. It would be a fairly short cab ride from your hotel. I don't want to mislead you by saying that I recommend it as I think it is a little overpriced for what you get and the service felt a little factory -like to me. Its not the best Italian in Philly by any means but I think it has the kind of menu you are thinking of. I found a couple dishes including the clams to be heavy on the garlic but maybe that is just me? I'm just saying, if you have your heart set on eating that kind of Italian meal you might like it and its relatively close.

        1. re: rocknroll52

          One other thought you might try Ernesto's 1521 Cafe at 15th and Spruce. The food is good, but I have not tried the linguine and clams there. It is smaller than Bistro Romano and the atmosphere is less romantic. However, it does have the advantage of being walkable from your hotel. It is a popular pre-theater place.