Sorry for the long subject title -- but I'm moving in about a month and I'm still not sure what the neighborhood I'm moving to is *called*. At any rate, I'm definitely looking forward to good food in South Philly, after feeling relatively limited in West Philly for the past four years.
I wanted to know if anybody here had good suggestions around that area -- mainly for fairly cheap things (as I'm trying to make my way as a writer) -- and of course I can stick by old standbys in CC when I've got more to spend, but I'd definitely be interested to hear about what my options are in South Philly, too.
I know I'll be investigating the Asian offerings around, and I'll be able to count on the Italian market for great ingredients.
But what I'm skeptical about are things like pizza and what gets called "red sauce" Italian restaurants. Pizza, because I grew up in central Jersey, and the best pizza place in the world happens to be about a mile from where I grew up (trust me, we had *millions* to choose from -- although this syndrome might be recognized by Calvin Trillin). Okay, I did find one or two acceptable pizza places in New York. :)
And Italian because that's what I cook best myself, and I'm very picky about it -- am I doomed to paying a huge amount if I want to get a decent plate of pasta out? Should I give up? After all, I will be able to get good fresh pasta myself from Superior Ravioli, and I know I never undersalt it or overcook it.
Neither of these things is available in my neighborhood in West Philly, but I'm hoping my new neighborhood might have something to offer...
Thanks for any suggestions,