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Apr 19, 2010 10:24 AM

Big Bowl of Pasta

My husband and I will be participating in the Broad Street Run in a couple of weeks. We are staying overnight in Philly that weekend. In stereotypical runner fashion, we want to carbo load the night before the race.

Where can we go to get a simple, big bowl of pasta?

1. It would be nice if the place is casual and affordable. We will be coming straight from the race Expo and will not have an opportunity to change into formal attire.

2. Also, we will be using the Broad Street subway as our main form of transportation. Therefore, any restaurant must be within walking distance to the subway.

3. Wine isn't a must since I doubt we will drink too much the night before the race. Well, maybe just one glass.....

REALLY appreciate your help!


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  1. If the Expo is at Lincoln Financial Field, you will be very close to Criniti's on Broad St just north of Oregon Ave (a subway stop). It meets all of your listed criteria.

    Another option is Pesto on Broad St. between McKean and Mifflin Sts (not far from the Snyder Ave stop).

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Thank you so much!

      Yes the Expo is at the Lincoln Financial Field.

    2. The first thought that popped in my head when i read your post was Le Virtu on Passyunk (a block away from Broad) within a few blocks of subway. The spaghetti aglio olio there is great. Sound plain, but they manage to make it really fantastic. They specialize in northern italian and have both dried/fresh pasta dishes, good portion sizes that i think will suit your needs after a big race! As mentioned, Criniti's is right off the subway as well - big portions and the restaurant is a converted church. I would go for Le Virtu though for the quality however.

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      1. re: micreynolds

        Thank you...those sound like delicious options.