my wife and i will be visiting this fair city the weekend of memorial day. we'll be coming in from houston, and both of us have no experience with philly. i've done some research, and we will definitely be partaking of some cheesesteaks at john's roast pork (and possibly some of their namesake items as well) and the reading terminal market which seems to get universally great reviews.
the main thing i'm requesting are some recs for good italian food. this is one genre of food that i feel comfortable admitting houston DOESN'T have a pretty good grasp of. other than the typical chain places, there's not much to see here. i would really like to try someplace with great food. honestly, the ambience is secondary. in fact i would prefer a place that doesn't mind it's customers in jeans and t-shirts (you get the picture). my wife LOVES italian, and i must say i'm a fan myself. can you help us out?
i'm envisioning a place that's been there since forever, and is good enough that locals still frequent even though it may have been discovered by tourists ;) bonus points for a family run joint with big portions and not so big prices.
i am definitely in for other recommendations as well, like best big breakfast...
my apologies if this cuts to closely to other recent threads, i browsed over them and didn't see anything on a cursory look that was directed towards italian suggestions. tia.