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Foursonz Sep 23, 2013 05:31 PM

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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    cwdonald Sep 23, 2013 06:04 PM

    What is moderate for you? Is BYO ok?

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      Foursonz Sep 23, 2013 06:28 PM

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

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        cwdonald Sep 23, 2013 06:33 PM

        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.

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          Foursonz Sep 23, 2013 06:47 PM

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

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            Misha Sep 24, 2013 09:24 AM

            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.

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              scooby6469 Sep 25, 2013 08:53 AM

              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.

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      sylviag Sep 23, 2013 07:56 PM

      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
        Misha Sep 24, 2013 09:26 AM

        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.

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        urbanfabric Oct 5, 2013 06:34 PM

        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.

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