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Seeking Advice for Authentic, Slightly Hipster Italian in Philly?

Lmarent Dec 23, 2013 01:50 PM

Hi All,
I've got one night in Philly this week for my best friend's birthday, and I'm looking for a fantastic, low-key Italian restaurant in the city. Not looking for overly fancy or snobby, just amazing, authentic Italian in a cool atmosphere with an ever so slightly hipster vibe. Any and all recommendations most welcome. Thanks so much!

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    elmom RE: Lmarent Dec 23, 2013 02:15 PM

    L'Angolo - you can;t go wrong there - everything is delicious

    1. hill food RE: Lmarent Dec 23, 2013 02:25 PM

      it's not my town, (and I think Philly is a really great place) but the words "authentic" and "hipster" in the same phrase amused me. not that they have to be mutually exclusive, it's just that they so often are.

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        barryg RE: Lmarent Dec 23, 2013 03:26 PM

        Amis probably fits the bill. Trendy scene and decor but respected for the food. Not totally low key as it's quite loud, but there isn't a bar scene or anything.

        Also check out Le Virtu. Great food and has a foodie type vibe, if not overly trendy. Similarly Modo Mio might fit, small space gives it energy but not much in the way of atmosphere. Great food as well.

        1. Bacchus101 RE: Lmarent Dec 23, 2013 03:30 PM

          Agree with hill food; not sure regarding the hipster vide and authentic. Little Nonna's is fun and busy with mixed customer age groups and interesting variations on authentic Italian American food; but hipster, perhaps not.

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            cwdonald RE: Lmarent Dec 23, 2013 07:50 PM

            I would go Modo Mio or Monsu. Unassuming and good flavors. Byo to boot. Amis is a good suggestion. Not a fan of Little Nonna's. Trendy cramped and mediocre overpriced food might be hipster but I personally would want more.

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              Bacchus101 RE: cwdonald Dec 24, 2013 04:43 AM

              As cw probably has a better understanding of the term hipster than do I; I would go with his suggestions. Although I do not agree with the characterization of Little Nonna's as mediocore overpriced food. I was able to find, for the benefit of those like me who may not have a definition of hipster, this definition. An insult, who knew?


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                JanR RE: cwdonald Dec 24, 2013 05:00 AM

                Big second for Modo Mio (if you can get a reservation). I liked Monsu but IMHO Modo Mio is better.

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                alex1018 RE: Lmarent Dec 24, 2013 04:52 AM

                i think Le Virtu fits this best.

                alternatively, you could go to Alla Spina, which is a roman gastropub, and is phenomenal and has a ton of italian beers and great food, and a fun vibe.

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                  Bob Loblaw RE: Lmarent Dec 24, 2013 06:00 AM

                  given the importance of irony in the hipster scene, i'm almost tempted to recommend restaurants that aren't any good.
                  i'm not going to, though.

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                    Lmarent RE: Lmarent Dec 24, 2013 06:59 AM

                    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. And yes, I note the irony of putting authentic and hipster in the same sentence. :)

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                      agozoic RE: Lmarent Dec 25, 2013 10:07 AM

                      Il Pittore or Melograno might be what you're looking for.

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                        sadiefox RE: Lmarent Dec 30, 2013 11:30 AM

                        I was at Alla Spina last week and it was awesome. If you are AT ALL into beer they have an amazing tap and bottle list. We had the pig's head special for 2, delicious. The building used to be an auto garage.

                        PS if parking is required, there is tons of close and free parking nearby.

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