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Philly Mag's 30 Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia

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Philly Ray Jun 30, 2012 11:30 AM

I can't post the link because it won't open on my smartphone, but you can see the list on their website.

Here's another argument starter type of list and here are my comments...

I suppose you have to include suburban restaurants, but why not just call it Best in Philadelphia Area? Small point, but worth mentioning to me.

How can you include a chain like Davio's but leave off Paradiso?

Lots of love for Peter McAndrews, but Popolino isn't even 6 months old. Can it really be included in a "best" list? Is it really that good?

Please ignore the fact that Mr. Joe's is on the list. We don't need that secret getting out.

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    Chefpaulo Jun 30, 2012 03:19 PM

    PRay: Are these substantive reviews or advertising? Philly Mag also puts out "reviews" on top physicians, private schools, etc. Caveat emptor.
    CP

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      Philly Ray Jun 30, 2012 03:28 PM

      It's their list of the 30 "best" Italian restaurants in (and around) Philly with a little blurb about each one. Typical Philly Mag stuff.

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      barryg Jul 1, 2012 07:34 PM

      Here's the link: http://www.phillymag.com/articles/gal...

      I was surprised to see Branzino, Tre Scalini and Dante & Luigi's on here.. recently had lackluster meals at all three, and the prices at D&L were way out of whack. And Victor Cafe... a place worth visiting for the experience but I didn't think anyone thought the food was great.

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        Chefpaulo Jul 1, 2012 07:57 PM

        Barryg: As Philly Ray said, "Typical Philly Mag stuff."
        Considering the traditionally enigmatic positioning of Philly Mag's review subjects, let's just say a well-greased palm can make any sow's ear into a purse.
        CP

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          mookleknuck Jul 2, 2012 10:16 AM

          "...a well-greased palm can make any sow's ear into a purse."

          +1

      2. Bacchus101 Jul 2, 2012 09:50 AM

        I would love to hear opinions from Hound's on their 3 Best (from the list or not) :as I need to catch up on my Italian restaurants.

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          Buckethead Jul 2, 2012 09:53 AM

          In descending order, Osteria, Le Virtu, and Barbuzzo.

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            JanR Jul 2, 2012 11:30 AM

            I like Fiorino in East Falls.

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              deprofundis Jul 2, 2012 07:26 PM

              Difficult to narrow it down to 3, but any of the Vetri places are great (Vetri/Osteria/Amis), Le Virtu, Dante & Luigi's (for red "gravy" Italian), L'Angolo, Zavino (esp. for pizza). I also had a decent meal recently at Mercato, but my entree was vile. My dining companion enjoyed his though, so ymmv.

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                Bacchus101 Jul 3, 2012 04:17 AM

                Thanks Hounds, very helpful in culling the herd!

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                  Delucacheesemonger Jul 5, 2012 01:54 PM

                  Vetri, Zeppoli, and Modo Mio, going to Le Virtu with high hopes.

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                    JanR Jul 5, 2012 02:23 PM

                    Good choices Deluca.

                2. paychecktoday Jul 3, 2012 08:07 AM

                  I was very suprised to see Marrone's in Ardmore on this list. I do not get the hoopla over their pizzas or anything else that they serve. I had their triple cheese and was not impressed. Great atmosphere and good service, but the food is questionable. If I could replace them on the list, I would put Fellini's of Media in there.

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                    bluehensfan Jul 3, 2012 03:32 PM

                    No Zavino? While their menu may be a bit limited to pizzas and a few small plates, what they serve is great. For the suburbanites, Sovana Bistro was a no-show as well, although I have not been there for a while.

                    Philly Ray, is Mr. Joe's really that good?

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                      Philly Ray Jul 3, 2012 05:14 PM

                      Mr. Joe's is really good and really cheap and you get a shitload of food. For example, you can get a pasta dish (enough to take home unless you are really hungry) for around $15 and it includes a small green salad and dessert (made across the street at Termini's). Last time we had a choice of strawberry shortcake, an eclair, and one other item.

                      The problem (or maybe the saving grace) is that they close at 5 on Mon-Thu and 6 on Fri-Sat, so lunch is your best bet and it will probably be the only meal you eat that day.

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                        bluehensfan Jul 5, 2012 11:10 AM

                        Thanks....wow if it's that much food I should wait until it gets a litlle cooler outside. It sounds really good.

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                    Philly Ray Sep 29, 2012 09:07 AM

                    Looks like I have my answer on Popolino...

                    http://mobile.philly.com/news/?wss=/p...

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                      cwdonald Sep 29, 2012 11:30 AM

                      It proves that you can sell a place on a lineage... but the cat eventually will get out of the bag.

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                        bluehensfan Oct 3, 2012 09:43 AM

                        I went to Popolino and found it was not entriely a disaster. The tavolo calda was spectacular, the calamari very good, and the entrees and deserrts were above average. Maybe I got lucky? It did seem kinda salty and very pricy though, and of course they don't take credit cards. Thankfully no visits from the chef...

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                          JanR Oct 4, 2012 06:43 AM

                          We tried Popolino early on, based on McAndrews' involvement. It was okay but I definitely prefer Modo Mio. I even prefer Monsu.

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