Mr. Martino’s Trattoria
A little prep before you visit Mr. Martino’s: 1) Google-map it. There’s no name on the sign, and with all the Cantina hubbub across the street, it’s easy to miss a place nestled on the first floor of a South Philly rowhouse. 2) Invest in an extra bottle (or four) of red. The staff isn’t kidding when they tell you about the kitchen’s leisurely pace. 3) Order the veal tortellini with gorgonzola, which packs a potent bite; the balsamic chicken; and—for dessert—the lemon shortbread, topped with fresh lemon curd.
Don’t miss: The homemade citrus-herb vinaigrette. You can take a bottle home with you for $11.
Eat at one of the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia:
Mr. Martino’s Trattoria, 1646 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-755-0663.