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REAL Italian in S. Philly: Buon Appetito

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REAL Italian in S. Philly: Buon Appetito

Cath | Dec 22, 2003 04:21 PM

My husband and I travel to Italy every year and have been searching for that authentic, unpretentious trattoria where the atmosphere is relaxed but the food is taken very seriously. Buon Appetito is that place.

Chef Ciro Rendina and his wife Maria are from Naples and specialize in that cuisine, which means fresh and perfectly prepared seafood (e.g. bronzino filleted tableside, a spicy stew of mussels, clams, shrimp, etc.), bufala mozzarella, fried zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, and Neapolitan pasta and meat dishes. App. prices range from $7.50 to $10.50, entress from $12.50 to $24, and there are nightly specials.

They do have a full bar and good wine list, but are happy to accept BYOB customers. They've only been open for seven months and received a rave from the South Philly Review. They're located on the corner of 16th and Ritner Steets, right near Cacia's and Potito's bakeries and not far from L'Angolo, our second favorite Italian. As many of you may know, parking in that neighborhood can be difficult, but it's truly worth the effort.

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