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Looking for Traditional Philly Italian

Misha May 12, 2010 05:51 PM

After having some great Italian meals that trend upscale (Amis, Le Virtu, Osteria), am looking for a place that turns out more traditional fare from my childhood: veal parm, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna. Any suggestions in South Philly, Bella Vista or even Center City? Coming from Delco so pretty much anything along the way might also work

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    Philly Ray May 12, 2010 07:17 PM

    The usual suspects are:

    Dante & Luigi's

    You will find reviews (both positive and negative) of all of these places here.

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      barryg May 13, 2010 06:22 PM

      Bomb Bomb BBQ (not a BBQ restaurant) on Wolf St. in South Philly. In Center City, Shank's will do the trick for sandwiches but they are not open for dinner.

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        Philly Ray May 13, 2010 06:29 PM

        I have to say that Bomb Bomb's ribs aren't bad, but I have yet to have something else off of the menu that I really thought was good. In fact, my wife had a chicken dish that was almost inedible.

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        micreynolds May 14, 2010 12:01 PM

        i'd go with villa di roma

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          cgarner Apr 21, 2011 09:58 AM

          +1 for VIlla Di Roma! (and the pasta alici)

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          Whinerdiner May 14, 2010 12:59 PM

          This place is not upscale or trendy, but for red sauce Italian, Anthony's in Drexel Hill is my guilty pleasure.

          1. paychecktoday May 14, 2010 01:47 PM

            If your in delco, you might as well go to Pica's in Upper Darby. Anthony's is not bad either.

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              Nigeltab May 17, 2010 09:55 AM

              Villa D
              Dante & Luigis

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                productionjon Mar 31, 2011 11:58 AM

                Dined on Chicken Marsala at Villa Di Roma last night. Outstanding-The best!

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                brightman May 17, 2010 05:04 PM

                Criniti's' lasagna and eggplant parm are the gold standard

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                  gardens4me Apr 2, 2011 01:31 PM

                  I still remember Triangle Tavern's Ziti and Asparagus from years ago with fondness. 10th and Reed

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                    drjane Apr 16, 2011 07:02 PM

                    Franco's Osteria on City Line at Presidential Blvd has great eggplant parm and gnocchi with marinara or bolognese. (Note that this is the Franco who used to run Franco's Trattoria in East Falls. That location is still open under that name, but the "real" Franco has relocated to City Line.)

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                      lawgirl3278 Apr 21, 2011 06:59 AM

                      I really like the meatballs and chicken cutlet at Stogie Joe's But their pizza is a must-try.

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