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Address: 34 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Cross street: Chestnut St)
Neighborhood: Old City / Society Hill
Specifics: Italian
Phone: 215-592-7661
Cost: $$
Credit Cards: Yes
Closing Time: 11 pm
Restaurants Affordable Italian and their clams have earned them a rep.

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Posted by:  Allison Lowrey

Italian places are a dime a dozen in Philadelphia. South Philly is crawling with BYOBs--the air is ripe with garlic and oregano. But when you don't have a bottle of Pinot sitting around and you're too lazy to drag your ass to the liquor store, let Spasso sate your pasta craving. They have a huge wine list, so that you'll be able to compliment your meal perfectly. Vegetarians and vegans might not fare so well at Spasso--or they might be tempted to convert back to their carnivorous ways for a few hours--since the menu is loaded with delicious meat, fish, and mollusk dishes. But don't fret if you decide to forgo meat, if you don't want tomatoes on your pasta, or if you have any other high maintenance, Meg-Ryan-from-When Harry Met Sally-requests. The restaurant and its staff, all of whom will charm you with their authentic Italian accents, will bend over backwards to accommodate any of your special requests...and they'll do it with a smile.

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Deliciously Strange
Posted by:  Jamie Papoutsis

If you are craving Italian, I highly recommend Spasso. What appears at first to be a quaint, one room Italian bistro morphs into three separate, distinguished dining rooms. Our waiter, who must have previously trained at the Macaroni Grill, plopped himself down in a seat at our table to introduce himself and take our order. It was moderately awkward. I was expecting him to scribble his name in crayon across the table cloth; thankfully he didn't. My meal (chicken with artichokes in a creamy tomato sauce) was delicious and came with an accidental side of penne due to a slip up by the food runner. This unfortunately spurred extra interaction with weird waiter man. Either way, the portions are plentiful and well worth taking a doggy bag home.

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