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Sep 23, 2013 05:31 PM

Italian in Center City

Hi. Can anyone recommend a great Italian restaurant that is moderately priced? Plan on visiting college son for the first time. Very excited!! Thanks

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  1. What is moderate for you? Is BYO ok?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Hi - I prefer not to BYO and moderate is moderate per any major city standard (we live in NYC)
      Appreciate it

      1. re: Foursonz

        Moderate in NYC is different from many cities. I would recommend, Branzino, Il Pittorre or Amis in center city. Entrees around 25.00, pastas a bit less.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Great. Thank you
          Will be reserving one I'm sure and I'll report back. Thanks again

          1. re: Foursonz

            Another great place is Melagrano. And if I can convince you to try BYO, Modo Mio is a great value. Good food and just a short cab ride.

            1. re: Misha

              Unless things have changed, Melograno is BYOB. I would second Amis. It's way more reasonable than Il Pittore. I would throw in Le Virtu, which is a 10 min cab ride from most points in Center City. Excellent homemade pastas.

    2. Can it be slightly outside the center?

      Osteria, on North Broad Street, has an interesting menu and is one of Marc Vetri's restaurants. It would be a very short cab ride. Amis is also a Vetri restaurant and very good, but we prefer the atmosphere at Osteria.

      Branzino is byob. Haven't tried il Pittore yet.

      If you can take more of a cab ride - ten minutes - you could get to Le Virtu, a terrific and creative Italian restaurant on Passyunk Avenue in South Philly. Passyunk Avenue has become a center for some of our best restaurants, including some of our best Italian places.

      You can look at the menus online.

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      1. re: sylviag

        I've been to Il Pittore and while it's not cheap, I loved it. Was with three other people and we ordered all sorts of stuff and everyone walked away happy with the experience.

      2. As much as I love Amis, I would actually suggest Little Nonna's. Enjoyed the meatballs, polenta, a grilled caesar salad, and most of all, a heads on shrimp scampi.