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lulu77 Jan 19, 2010 02:21 PM

Hi there! I am looking for an italian restaurant that is close by to the Sofitel in Philly. Have already tried Davios. We would prefer a restaurant with a bar, but would consider a BYOB if it's excellent italian. Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

  1. PattiCakes Jan 21, 2010 11:57 AM

    D'angelo's (256 S. 20th)
    Porcini (2048 Sansom)
    Melograno (2010 Sansom)
    La Viola (253 S. 16th. BYOB).

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      bonappetite Feb 23, 2010 02:17 PM

      I think Branzino and La Viola both a little better than Melograno, although Melograno used to be a favorite....just IMHO perhaps it deserves another chance.
      There is a wine store right on Chestnur between 19th and 20th(2-3 blocks away)
      As for Osteria, it depends if you like to walk or not, I have personally wakled there from a little further and don't find it too far.

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      lulu77 Jan 20, 2010 08:53 AM

      thanks everyone!

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        doxiemom Jan 20, 2010 09:49 AM

        If this is a business dinner - Table 31's an option for contemporary italian, and just a couple of blocks down 17th.

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        sylviag Jan 20, 2010 06:25 AM

        We like Branzino, which is very close to the Sofitel. However, it is byob.

        Places like Vetri or Osteria would be a short cab ride - not expensive. Vetri is actually walking distance - if you could get a reservation.

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          Bigley9 Jan 20, 2010 09:45 AM

          Just fyi - I went to open table the other day and looked for a reservation at Vetri for my anniversary in early Feb. While I couldn't get that day (a thursday) there were days between then and early feb that were available (about 5). Nothing at 7:30 but there were openings!

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          nwinkler Jan 19, 2010 09:59 PM

          (Sorry about the strange double-post above. I guess I'm still figuring out how to edit...)

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            nwinkler Jan 19, 2010 09:53 PM

            Osteria is a great recommendation, but it's more a cab ride than a walk away.

            Melograno is a fantastic Italian BYOB very nearby. They are closed Mondays, accept reservations only Tues-Thurs & Sun, and there can be a wait for a table on Fri and Sat. But the cooking is very good and the prices reasonable (entrees in the low 20s).

            There are other places nearby that I've heard praised--Branzino, Caffe Casta Diva, Porcini, Salento--but I don't know these places first-hand, so we'll have to count on input from others. Also, I think all these places are BYO, and I'd imagine none are as good as Melograno.

            It might help to know a bit more about what kind of Italian place you're looking for--what your price range is, how strongly you value authenticity, whether you'd prefer a more classic or contemporary style of cooking, etc. Then we could really narrow it down.

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              km125 Jan 19, 2010 04:23 PM

              We really enjoyed LeCastagne.

              1. Delucacheesemonger Jan 19, 2010 03:38 PM

                You are at 100 s 17th, at 600 N 14th ( Broad) is Osteria, 7 blocks; at 13th and Spruce (300 S)is Vetri, 6 blocks, end of story

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