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ISO Italian Restaurant that's BYOB

dc_girly_girl Aug 10, 2011 07:07 AM


I will be in town with some friends for the Philly 1/2 marathon mid-September. I've been googling italian restaurants (gotta carb up!) but nothing stands out. Can anyone recommend a good place that is also BYOB? The BYOB part won't make or break it though.

Thank you!

  1. d
    dining with doc Aug 12, 2011 07:03 PM

    Hey dc gg...definitely go to Modo Mio. 4 course tourista menu for $32 .restaurant is a narrow brownstone in an area that is being redeveloped called the Northern Liberties in center City. It is Byob. Food is rustic Italian and fantastic. The chef can bring it. Love this place and have hit it the last couple of times I have been up from DC.

    1. c
      cook262 Aug 11, 2011 11:27 AM

      La Viola or their location across the street La Viola West. Have only been to La Viola though. It's a cash only, busy place but really good and really reasonably priced. We tend to go during the week so don't know how crazy it gets on weekends.

      1. d
        dc_girly_girl Aug 10, 2011 10:25 AM

        What do you all think of Branzino's? Is it a fun place?

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        1. re: dc_girly_girl
          middleagedfoodie Aug 11, 2011 04:56 AM

          Just Ok. Not in a league with Radicchio. Haven't been to Monsu in South Philly yet, but it has gotten great reviews.

          1. re: middleagedfoodie
            InSearchOfTacos Aug 11, 2011 12:01 PM

            monsu is awesome- make reservations if youll be there for dinner though

            1. re: InSearchOfTacos
              JanR Aug 12, 2011 03:36 AM

              Speaking of Monsu, Modo Mio's McAndrew's first place (in Northern Liberties/Fishtown) is wonderful too.

              1. re: JanR
                InSearchOfTacos Aug 12, 2011 07:54 AM

                so i've heard- would love to try it but monsus closer so i always end up there :)

                1. re: InSearchOfTacos
                  Delucacheesemonger Aug 12, 2011 08:17 AM

                  l go weekly, give me a yell

        2. joluvscards Aug 10, 2011 09:44 AM

          L'oca is in Fairmount near the Art Museum. It's trendy Italian. Very good but no red gravy.
          Radicchio is in Northern Liberties near 4th and Wood.

          Both are byo and excellent.

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          1. re: joluvscards
            bonappetite Aug 11, 2011 01:52 PM

            Read somewhere that L'Oca is closed, chef/owner is serving time for DUI

          2. c
            cwdonald Aug 10, 2011 07:19 AM

            You can start by reading this recent thread. It will give you lots of ideas.


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