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is philadelphia in the mid-atlantic?   we'll be there for for 3 days at the end of the month. i'm looking for recommendations for casual, inexpensive lunch in and around the convention center. and a

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Amada.a tapas bar downtown,was lovely1&1/2 years ago,and I think that the same chef has opened another place elsewhere in Philadelphia.I know it's above your listed $,...but my meal at Vetri was f

If you decide you'd like the visit the Barnes Collection, the regional rail line is very convenient from Suburban Station in Center City.

 

It's a ten minute walk (uphill) if you wish, but there are cabs at the Merion station on the Main Line as an alternative.

 

The Italian Market is about ten blocks south and slightly east of downtown. Among other gems, this several blocks long strip along south 9th contains the dueling cheese steak vendors, several fish markets, and more spices than you'll ever need. The Broad street subway south (direction: Pattison) will drop you at Ellsworth. Walk four blocks eastward on Federal to the market. The corner of 9th and Passyunk is cheesesteak ground zero.

 

 

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Just got back today, and thanks to everyone for the tips. Brasserie Perrier ended up being the splurge. I had a huge chopped salad with feta to start and a very good roasted salmon with potato-horseradish pierogi, and N enjoyed her grouper with asparagus. The apple galette was buttery, and the rum raisin ice cream that came with it suitably boozy. However, entree prices were in the $30s, and I just didn't think that they lived up to that. For that amount, I expect something exceptional and/or inventive, not just decently prepared. They were really worth no more than what Pearl or Tides charges.

 

As mentioned before, the Sansom Street Oyster House was a real old-school place, with oyster crackers and horseradish on the table. I liked the crab cakes, though I didn't expect a side of stewed tomatoes to be so sweet. Vietnam on 11th Street was good. We also found a really good Korean place called Pastoral, on 13th and St. James (205 S. 13th St.). We had cheap, well-prepared tofu and soybean stews, and they gave us about 7 or 8 different panchan to start, including fish cakes and little fried fish.

 

I went to Capogiro twice, as well as to a nice tea lounge called T Bar on the corner of 12th and Sansom. Lots and lots of different teas as well as sweets. There are plenty of seats and they have a selection of board games too (backgammon, Scrabble, Candy Land, etc.)

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Amada.a tapas bar downtown,was lovely1&1/2 years ago,and I think that the same chef has opened another place elsewhere in Philadelphia.I know it's above your listed $,...but my meal at Vetri was fantastical....ressies way in advance required.

 

Craig LaBan, the restaurant critic for the Inquirer, definitely agrees with these sentiments. Vetri got high marks from him, as did Amada, and Tnto, Mr Garces' new place.

 

Yet another "best of" list

 

 

Talula's Table

102 W. State St., Kennett Square, 610-444-8255; www.talulastable.com.

 

The private tasting dinners served at the market's farm table, though, are among the region's most special (and hard to reserve) dining experiences.

 

Note: Talula's farm table dinner is not formally rated because it has not yet been visited multiple times. Featured Oct. 14.

 

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Blackbird Dining Establishment

619 Collings Ave., Collingswood, 856-854-3444; www.blackbirdnj.com.

 

REVISIT: Alex Capasso has resurfaced with a hit in his owner-chef debut at this casually elegant new BYOB in Collingswood. The former chef of Max's and Misto deftly melds French and Italian techniques with international flavors for exciting contemporary dishes that easily rank among South Jersey's best cooking.

 

Capasso's widely publicized dining-room tussle with a customer, and a spate of disappointed reports, raised concerns that Blackbird was losing focus. But a recent lunch was as impressive as my review dinners, including a perfect roast chicken with herbed risotto and an $18 bento-box special (lamb, mussels, luxe mac n' cheese) that was a particularly great deal. Reviewed Sept. 16; revisited December.

 

Blackfish

119 Fayette St., Conshohocken, 610-397-0888.

 

A new BYO star has risen in the storefront space of the former Maya Bella, where ex-Vetri/Le Bec-Fin hand Chip Roman has brightened the rooms and is producing a stellar bistro-plus menu full of clever surprises, from foie gras streaked with cinnamon oil to seafood flavored with spruce. Service also shows some polish. Reviewed Feb. 18.

 

Fuji Authentic Japanese Restaurant

116 E. Kings Highway, Haddonfield, 856-354-8200; www.fujirestaurant.com.

 

The move from his longtime Cinnaminson outpost to a Haddonfield mini-mall hasn't dimmed Matt Ito's exquisite Japanese cooking one bit. His creative kaiseki tastings remain one of the region's most special eating adventures, while the standard menu rises on quality ingredients and authentic preparations. The room is simple but pretty; service needs work. Reviewed Aug. 5.

 

James

824 S. 8th St., 215-629-4980; www.jameson8th.com.

 

Former Vetri sous-chef Jim Burke has teamed with wife Kristina to bring an impressive taste of contemporary fine dining to Bella Vista. The muted green room has a sleek modern look, and the staff can be a bit effusive. But the kitchen backs it up with exciting (albeit pricey) little dishes that vividly pair great local ingredients with authentic Italian techniques. Reviewed May 6.

 

Osteria

640 N. Broad St., 215-763-0920; www.osteriaphilly.com.

 

Marc Vetri's long-awaited second restaurant brings authentic Italian comfort food (including some amazing pizzas) to a lively North Broad Street space that melds an urban loft with the rustic warmth of country tables and a glassed-in churchyard patio. It's (slightly) less expensive and more accessible than Vetri, and already the city's next-best Italian. Reviewed May 20.

 

Rae

Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., 215-922-3839; www.raerestaurant.com.

 

REVISITED: Chef Daniel Stern's latest venture is a contemporary American brasserie in the Cira Centre lobby. The creative menu ranges from updated bar food (rabbit nachos and truffled pizzas) to haute foie gras tastings, but was initially too wide-ranging and overwrought for its own good.

 

A recent revisit, though, was spectacular, showing plates with a lighter touch and more elegance, from an incredibly complex but tasty turbot stew to witty updates of Jewish soul food like mini-Reubens and veal kreplach with artichokes. The modern space may be austere for some, but the service is impressive, and so is the wine cellar. With the kitchen now locked in, Rae is finally becoming the powerhouse destination it was meant to be. Reviewed April 1; revisited late November.

 

Tinto

114 S. 20th St., 215-665-9150; www.tintorestaurant.com.

 

Chef Jose Garces takes his magic tapas touch to Rittenhouse Square, where his lively new wine bar, Tinto, turns out exquisite "pinxto" small plates that do for Basque flavors what his Amada in Old City did for Andalusian tapas. The noisy, crowded space and uncomfortable tall tables are the only drawbacks, but should be alleviated by an imminent expansion. Reviewed June 24.

 

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Aqua

705 Chestnut St., 215-928-2838.

 

The neighborhood near Jewelers Row gets a satisfying taste of exotic Malaysian cuisine with this sleek venture featuring a former chef from Chinatown's Penang. The long dining room has a waterfall to soften the minimalist look, but the food also offers plenty of intrigue, with a proper dose of an authentic funky edge (e.g. shrimp paste chile sauce) to keep the otherwise mainstreamed Malaysian menu real. Reviewed Jan. 7.

 

Bluefin

1017 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, 610-277-3917; www.sushibluefin.com.

 

The strip-mall storefront doesn't promise much, but chef Yong Kim crafts some of the suburbs' best sushi for a devoted and lively clientele. The crunchy, spicy Marlee roll is a favorite creation, but simpler here is almost always better. The kitchen needs more range and consistency to be an elite destination, but this is already neighborhood sushi at a high level. Reviewed Nov. 18.

 

Brandywine Prime

1617 Baltimore Pike (at Old 100), Chadds Ford, 610-388-8088; www.brandywineprime.com.

 

REVISITED: The team behind Wilmington's Deep Blue has crossed the Pennsylvania state line to revamp the historic Chadds Ford Inn into a swanky chophouse and grill. The grand old stone inn has gotten a chic update, and also improved the menu enough since its initial review - most notably, in lightening its sauces - to step up to a second bell.

 

At a recent revisit, seafood dishes remained a weakness. But the Angus cattle rancher at my table had to concede: His special 14-ounce prime dry-aged rib-eye was shockingly expensive ($50!), but it was memorably, meltingly good. So was my big elk chop with cranberry sauce, and a fabulous California meritage, Lateral, listed (like most of this cellar) at a very fair markup. Reviewed June 17; revisited early December.

 

Chabaa Thai Bistro

4371 Main St., Manayunk, 215-483-1979; www.chabaathai.com.

 

This pretty, multilevel eatery brings a pleasant taste of Thai to Manayunk. The traditional menu is mildly spiced but fresh and authentically aromatic, with some notable highlights. The fabric-draped two-story space is one of the city's most serene havens for good pad Thai. Reviewed Sept. 30.

 

Coquette Bistro & Raw Bar

700 S. 5th St., 215-238-9000; www.coquettebistro.com.

 

Queen Village has landed a lively and likable French bistro from Sansom Street Oyster House owner Cary Neff. The white tile, raw bar and rattan-chair look is classic Paris cafe. The kitchen's Gallic standards need some fine-tuning, but are good enough, and affordable enough, to lend this corner a welcome breath of bistro life. Reviewed Nov. 4.

 

Copper Bistro

614 N. Second St., 215-627-9844; www.copperbistro.net.

 

First-time owners Daniel Connelly, the chef, and Jason Serock, the manager, have given the old Aden space a brighter, upscale look. The menu doesn't break new ground, but offers simple and satisfying renditions of New American standards (short ribs, fish and lentils) that make this BYO a pleasantly mellow option for edgy Northern Liberties. Reviewed Jan. 21.

 

Cosimo

209 Lancaster Ave., Malvern, 610-647-1233; www.cosimorestaurant.com.

 

Two Dilworthtown Inn alums (owner Anthony Mastroianni and chef Stephen Delaney) have combined talents for an ambitious wine bar and restaurant unique to the far western burbs. With 40 good wines by the glass and an impressive contemporary menu, the overdesigned space and green service can be overlooked. Reviewed Aug. 19.

 

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

555 E. Lancaster Ave., Radnor; 610-688-9463; www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

 

The Main Line has a solid steak house in this Outback-owned chain. It does enough essentials right - superb prime meat, great onion rings, and 100 wines by the glass - to compensate for its generic chophouse soul. The service still needs polish, as does the kitchen, which struggles with anything that involves finesse cooking. Reviewed Feb. 4.

 

Fogo de Chão

1337 Chestnut St., 215-636-9700; www.fogodechao.com.

 

Carnivores go wild at the city's first upscale churrascaria, an all-you-can-eat Brazilian chain that has transformed the old J.E. Caldwell store into a spectacular dining space. The meats aren't fabulous, but the gauchos' tableside showmanship, the grand ambience, and the wine list add up to an undeniably fun one-time experience. Lunch is an especially fair bargain. Reviewed April 8.

 

Honey

42 Shewell Ave., Doylestown, 215-489-4200; www.honeyrestaurant.com.

 

Lit with a romantic amber glow, this stylish little contemporary eatery from first-time owners Amy and Joe McAtee gives Doylestown a taste of the small-plate trend. The fusion creations range widely, from lamb samosas to tea-glazed ribs. Some of the honey-laced ideas need polish, but this ambitious venture is off to a sweet start. Reviewed Nov. 11.

 

Ida Mae's

2302 E. Norris St. (at Tulip), 215-426-4209; www.idamaesbruncherie.com.

 

This charming corner bruncherie gives Fishtown an eater's destination any neighborhood would covet, with a laid-back ambience and thoughtful cooking inspired by fresh local ingredients. It's clear from both the hearty Irish-themed brunches and the sophisticated New American menu at night that Ida's has pushed the gastro-border deeper into North Philly. Reviewed Oct. 21.

 

Kitchen 233

233 Haddon Ave., Westmont, 856-833-9233; www.kitchen233.com.

 

The P.J. Whelihan's crew opened this stylishly upscale wine bar and eatery with former Tangerine chef Chris Painter. Since Painter's departure, though, the creative Mediterranean menu has been scaled back a notch in ambition, with more traditional steak-house items and slightly lower prices. It has not been revisited since the review. Reviewed Jan. 28.

 

Legal Sea Foods

The Court at King of Prussia, 690 W. Dekalb Pike, 610-265-5566; www.legalseafoods.com.

 

You can slurp cold raw oysters and savor a lobster roll after a mall splurge at this handsome branch of the Boston chain. But don't get fancy - the menu's strengths are proper New England classics like the creamy "chowdah" and soft-shell steamer clams. Service is pleasant, if not expert, but be prepared for long, beeper-assisted waits. Reviewed July 22.

 

L'Oca

2025 Fairmount Ave., 215-769-0316; www.locafairmount.com.

 

REVISITED: This promising Italian BYO across from Eastern State Penitentiary offers the Fairmount crowd a decidedly Northern Italian menu, from sage-buttered dumplings to pappardelle with goose stew. The sunny corner room is an appealing new option for the neighborhood, and the kitchen has overcome some consistency problems at the initial review to earn its second bell in an October revisit.

 

At that revisit, the chef's penchant for earthy flavors and game sang through a succulent wild boar chop wrapped in crisped pancetta. A "tartufo" toast topped with shaved truffles, raw chanterelles and creamy cheese was like biting into a morsel of the Piedmont. Service has also relaxed and improved. Reviewed March 25; revisited mid-October.

 

Marshalton Inn

1300 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester, 610-692-4367; www.marshaltoninn.com.

 

New chef and co-owner David Cox has brought some much-needed stability to this charmingly historic Chester County inn, in operation since 1814. Cox delivers some excellent French country cooking, much of it a cheese-centric homage to his tenure at Manhattan's Artisanal. If service and the wine cellar ever catch up, the old inn could soon relive its heyday. Reviewed Jan. 14.

 

Memdee's Restaurant

6761 Guyer Ave., 215-365-5208.

 

Discover the home-cooked flavors of Liberia at this humble but bustling little dining room, located in the middle of a Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood. Most of the small menu's items rotate daily, but the plantain fufu with spicy soup broth is a daily staple that is alone worth a visit for any adventure diner. Reviewed Oct. 28.

 

Miran

2034 Chestnut St., 215-569-1200.

 

This simple storefront BYO offers some of the scant traditional Korean cooking to be found in Center City, with a broad menu of well-cooked classics ranging from dolsot bibimbap to seafood-laced pancakes and marinated meats cooked on your in-table grill. Reviewed May 27.

 

Modo Mio

161 W. Girard Ave., 215-203-8707.

 

Former Rembrandt's chef Peter McAndrews pays homage to his training in Italy with this bustling new BYO near Fishtown that has the feel and flavor of an authentic osteria. The four-course $30 turista menu is worth the visit, even if the cooking and service are still not quite yet perfetto. Reviewed Sept. 2.

 

The Oceanaire

700 Walnut St., 215-625-8862, www.theoceanaire.com.

 

REVISITED: This upscale fish-house chain brings both retro classics and contemporary inspirations to a soaring art-deco space. It's now on Chef No. 4 (David Wiederholt) since opening, but a recent lunch revisit brought consistently satisfactory results.

 

The prices are very high, and there were some subtle details to be improved (a so-so risotto; clams casino that needed some butter-soaking crumbs). But it also has genuine qualities to appeal to an older fish-house clientele. A fabulous raw bar, huge portions of pristine ingredients, some worthy chef signatures (scallops with braised house-cured bacon), and snappy service give this special-occasion chain a fair chance to float. Reviewed April 29; revisited December.

 

Onasis

800 Haddonfield Rd., Cherry Hill, 856-488-5888; www.onasis.com.

 

The owner of Cafe Zesty has transformed the old Cherry Tree Diner into a whitewashed Greek seafood palace where pristinely grilled exotic whole fish and other Hellenic specialties are the feature. The service is earnest but awkward, and some of the taverna fare is so-so, but the imported seafood, while pricey, really is worth a visit. Reviewed July 1.

 

Rylei

7144 Frankford Ave., 215-335-0414.

 

This pleasant little husband-and-wife-run bistro brings an ambitious Center City-style BYOB to the fine-dining desert of the Northeast. Self-taught chef Jose Vargas' debut is worthwhile, with a small menu that spins good ingredients into appealing dishes at prices low enough to give this trailblazer a chance. Reviewed Aug. 12.

 

Salento

2216 Walnut St., 215-568-1314.

 

Davide and Kathryn Faenza have opened a larger Center City sibling to their charming L'Angolo in South Philadelphia. This friendly BYO offers satisfying interpretations of authentic home cooking from Davide's native Puglia, including game ragus with homemade pasta, bean dishes, and seafood. The boisterous whitewashed room feels a bit basementlike, but the genuine flavors are worth a visit. Reviewed Oct. 7.

 

Shundeez Restaurant

8705 Germantown Ave. (behind Borders), 215-242-0665; www.shundeez.com.

 

In the former Roller's space, tucked behind the bookstore and bus station atop Chestnut Hill, the Lavasani family serves authentic renditions of traditional Persian cuisine, from delicately seasoned kabobs to pomegranate-sauced chicken. Affordable, flavorful and friendly (though service needs work), it's one of the neighborhood's best bets. Reviewed Dec. 16.

 

Silk City Diner

435 Spring Garden St., 215-592-8838. www.silkcityphilly.com.

 

The red neon and stainless steel are aglow once again at Philly's seminal hipster diner, thanks to new owner Mark Bee, of N. 3rd. It's not yet the ultimate diner rethink it could have been, but given some early kitchen tumult, the updated comfort food still has plenty of cool moves (a boar BLT?) to fuel a hot dance night in the DJ lounge. Reviewed Nov. 25.

 

Snackbar

253 S. 20th St., 215-545-5655; www.phillysnackbar.com.

 

Get your foam on at this avant-garde small-plate boutique in the former Salt space near Rittenhouse Square. The edgy culinary munchies (and low-slung, oversized furniture) can feel overly precious for the loungey little room, but when young gun Jonathan McDonald hits the mark, his food is among the most intriguing in town. Reviewed March 4.

 

Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen

555 E. Lancaster Ave., Radnor, 610-688-8808; www.susannafoo.com.

 

REVISITED: Susanna Foo has brought a more casual rendition of her Chinese fusion cuisine to a contemporary Main Line space, with a focus on dumplings, small plates, and reasonably priced entrees. There are some winning flavors, but the overly broad menu needed more fine-tuning to approach the success of its elegant Center City sibling.

 

A November revisit showed little progress. There were great dumplings and authentic dishes, like ginger-poached chicken over warm sesame noodles. But there were also too many duds - pedestrian sushi with mushy rice, dry Peking duck rolls - to nudge this kitchen beyond two bells. Reviewed Feb. 25; revisited November.

 

Teresa's Next Door

124-26 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne, 610-293-0119.

 

The Main Line goes Belgian at this handsome new mussel and brew house attached to popular Teresa's Cafe in Wayne. The 24-tap bar and 200-bottle list is the serious beer destination the suburbs have been lacking. Unexpected authentic taqueria flavors spice up the decent, but inconsistent, Belgian fare. Reviewed Sept. 23.

 

Tiffin

710 W. Girard Ave., 215-922-1297; www.tiffin.com and www.tiffinstore.com.

 

Order your "tiffin" boxed meals online or call for tandoori the old-fashioned way, because this clever Indian project from Karma founder Munish Narula not only is redefining ethnic delivery food, it's also the best Indian kitchen in town. The dowdy Girard Avenue dining room has expanded to an upgraded upstairs room, making the restaurant itself more worth a visit.

 

Tre Scalini

1915 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-551-3870.

 

This longtime South Philly favorite has moved a few blocks south to a nicer space on reviving East Passyunk, but chef-owner Franca DiRenzo's deft and unpretentious cooking hasn't changed a bit. The homespun flavors at this pleasant Italian BYO are about the closest we get to being fed by an authentic nonna Molisana. Reviewed June 10.

 

Xochitl

408 S. Second St., 215-238-7280; www.xochitlphilly.com.

 

Former Vetri stalwart Dionicio Jimenez makes an impressive head-chef debut at this exciting Nuevo Mexicano in Headhouse Square. Some dishes are stunningly original, others need fine-tuning. But the evocative space, co-owned by Marigold's Steven Cook, has sophisticated service, an excellent tequila list, and mucho potential to become something special. Reviewed April 22.

 

Zento

138 Chestnut St., 215-925-9998; www.zentocontemporary.com.

 

Ex-Morimoto sushi man Gunawan Wibisono has opened an austerely white but charming little nook for sushi lovers in Old City that is a more ambitious counterpart to his popular Kami express near City Hall. It's still bare-bones, and the cooked menu needs refining, but Wibisono cuts some of the most satisfying (and well-priced) raw fish in town. Reviewed Feb. 11.

 

Zot

122 Lombard St., 267-639-3260; www.zotrestaurant.com.

 

Chef-owner Bernard Dehaene brings a taste of his native Brussels to Headhouse Square with this handsome new Belgian bistro, where you can choose from 30 kinds of mussels and a range of simply done meats with about 20 sauces. Service was a problem, and the big beer list is still growing, but Zot's food already sets the mood for a happy ale-soaked outing. Reviewed June 3.

 

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Xochitl

408 S. Second St., 215-238-7280; www.xochitlphilly.com.

 

 

Regarding Xochitl - I was told a good story about the chef. I guess the guy used to be a dishwasher who started cooking family meal at Vetri. After a couple, they didn't let him do dishes anymore.

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Capogiro blood orange sorbetto. Mmmm....

and cilantro lime...mmmmmmmm

 

went for a day a few weeks ago to catch the Lee Miller and Frieda Kahlo shows (both good but the Kahlo was waaay oversold - 40 min to get into the gallery and too many ppl to truly enjoy it. not to mention the really cheesy use of her art to sell tchotkes at the museum store - nothing like a picture of pain & suffering on your coffee mug.) inspired by the John Adams show on HBO, we also visited the Independence Hall.

 

due to traffic, we had less time in the city than expected so we decided to take a a friend's recommendation of Lorenzo's for "famous" pizza. we surely must have gone to the wrong Lorenzo (on 3rd St, i think?) since it was the worst pizza we had in a loooong time. long lines of tourists outside any philly cheese steak joint as we drove around. so we went to Capogiro, tasted maybe half of the flavors and then enjoyed our picks (cilantro lime & dulce de leche for me, chocolate and more chocolate for husband). alas, the pear wild turkey was all pear, no turkey. i completely forgot but the bitter almond reminded me that all of Centro's sorbets and gelati are from Capogiro - need to order them more often.

 

we had better luck with dinner, or, as it was the case with two dinners. Went to Vetri's Osteria, which was nice enough but really big (as a space) and more of a well-oiled machine than a special little spot (we went to Philly on a whim as one of the shows was ending that weekend so we didn't have a chance to make advance reservations) that I imagine Vetri is. The food was pretty good. next time - Vetri. A food editor recommended Amada and we did like it a lot - had a bunch of tapas, most of them very good, except for the lima bean salad, which was just too crunchy undercooked beans to enjoy. I really liked their patatas bravas (a gift from the house) and a great salad of greens with favas, asparagus, etc. Good lively atmosphere, some interesting wines. Wish we had room to eat more. And another day to check out Xochitl.

 

unfortunately, Zahav, the new Israeli restaurant from the former Marigold chef wasn't open yet. i think it was to open on 5/5.

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due to traffic, we had less time in the city than expected so we decided to take a a friend's recommendation of Lorenzo's for "famous" pizza. we surely must have gone to the wrong Lorenzo (on 3rd St, i think?) since it was the worst pizza we had in a loooong time.

 

No, you were at the right place. Lorenzo's has always been and remains completely disgusting. I just don't get the love on that one.

 

Thanks Gordon for recommending Xochitl. We went there tonight and it was really lovely.

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due to traffic, we had less time in the city than expected so we decided to take a a friend's recommendation of Lorenzo's for "famous" pizza. we surely must have gone to the wrong Lorenzo (on 3rd St, i think?) since it was the worst pizza we had in a loooong time.

 

No, you were at the right place. Lorenzo's has always been and remains completely disgusting.

ha, we drove past another "Lorenzo" or "Lorenzo's" later and figured it must have been the right one (not that it means much but there was a line outside that one), not the one we went to...

 

glad to hear Xochitl was good. i wanted to go there to but it just didn't work out.

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due to traffic, we had less time in the city than expected so we decided to take a a friend's recommendation of Lorenzo's for "famous" pizza. we surely must have gone to the wrong Lorenzo (on 3rd St, i think?) since it was the worst pizza we had in a loooong time.

 

No, you were at the right place. Lorenzo's has always been and remains completely disgusting.

ha, we drove past another "Lorenzo" or "Lorenzo's" later and figured it must have been the right one (not that it means much but there was a line outside that one), not the one we went to...

 

glad to hear Xochitl was good. i wanted to go there to but it just didn't work out.

 

Oh, looking online there's apparently a Lorenzo on 9th and Christian: link. So they've been around for 22 years and Best of Philly doesn't notice them until a few years ago? Can't say I'd ever heard of them when I lived in Philly (and I have friends who live right near there) but who knows how these things work.

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Pizza in Philadelphia isn't very good, for the most part, although I have never made it to the famous Tacconelli's. I must say that the fact that you have to call a day ahead and reserve a dough is very promising.

 

Anyone here been to Tacconelli's?

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Pizza in Philadelphia isn't very good, for the most part, although I have never made it to the famous Tacconelli's. I must say that the fact that you have to call a day ahead and reserve a dough is very promising.

 

Anyone here been to Tacconelli's?

 

Taconelli's is very good, but who is organized enough to order a pizza a day in advance? Not me. Plus you need a car.

 

The pizza scene in Philly was getting better when I left 5 years ago. But I don't know that there is anything you wouldn't be able to get in NY.

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We happened upon the Italian Market festival today -- all the hits: sausage & pepper sandwich, espresso at anthony's, cannoli from Termini Bros. and yet more kitchen crap I don't really need from Fante's (some lady with a cooking show stopped in). Passed by a few good looking taco stands, and Lorenzo's pizza. I am partial to a good tomato pie but I'd run out of room by then. A few local bands playing, populated with former scenesters...god I'm glad to be out of here...

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