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I'm Italian American from Boston, and one thing I love about Philly is the Italian provisions readily available here. So, here are a few of the red/white/green highlights. If you have any time in the morning, I find the Italian Market (the heart of it is on 9th street between Christian and Washington) to be enduringly charming. Some would argue it's become less than "authentic", but it's just nice to stroll through an honest-to-goodness, functioning outdoor market. Claudio's mozzarella is tasty, DiBruno Bros. is good for sampling and has a good cheese selection. Sabrina's (not Italian per se, but great, on Christian just west of 9th street) is the best breakfast/brunch I've found in the city (lunch and dinner there are not nearly as good). Long waits there on a weekend. Also, try gelato at Capogiro (there are two locations, both at Samson St., one on 13th and one on 20th). They'll let you try as much as you want before you buy. The "herb" flavors are really interesting. Have fun in Phila.

Jun 26, 2007
leavethegun in Pennsylvania

PASTA PASTA PASTA! where should we go?

I'll add Cucina Forte on 8th street to that list. Not inspiring, but solid. Very good gnocchi, and cheese ravioli. Go with the red sauce. Friendly.

Jun 26, 2007
leavethegun in Pennsylvania