Philadelphia is widely known for cheesesteaks and pretzels, but in recent years, the city has started to earn recognition for its actual cuisine, particularly its Italian. The Food Network featured Bella Vista neighborhood spot Villa DiRoma on one of its shows, and the Italian Market has become a popular tourist and local destination. So on this joyous occasion, take part in National Spaghetti Day by patronizing one of these authentic Italian eateries right here in Philadelphia.
L’Angolo Restaurant
1415 W. Porter St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 389-4252

Find this hidden gem at the edge of the Italian neighborhood of South Philly. To celebrate the day, choose spaghetti allo scoglio for dinner to enjoy a white or light red sauce on a medley of seafood including mussels, calamari, clams and shrimp. For something not out of the sea, dine on the spaghetti bolognese instead for only $15.50 a plate. L’Angolo is a charming BYOB for a wallet-friendly night out, and its pasta dishes will be nothing but clean plates by the end of the meal.

Modo Mio
161 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 203-8707

The single room design might trick diners into believing that they are guests at an authentic Italian family gathering, but the superior service will convince them otherwise. Modo Mio has a variety of options from start to finish that will turn on the taste buds, and the spaghetti, pancetta and spicy tomatoes is one of them. There’s a bit of a bite to it, but it rings in at $11, so wash it down with a sip of wine (Modo Mio is BYOB). A sure way to enjoy National Spaghetti Day is with a pasta plate and a true cultural experience from this traditional Italian eatery.

La Fontana Della Citta
1701 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 875-9990

This cheery Italian eatery is a great spot to visit on this day, with affordable pricing, a solid menu and friendly waitstaff. While the pasta by itself here is tasty, the specialty spin on the dish du jour comes in the form of spaghetti caprese, for $14.95. There’s also a variety of other delectable options available, and if you’re looking to carb-load, this is the place for you any day of the year. The added bonus of La Fontana is that it’s BYO, so bring a bottle and a date to celebrate National Spaghetti Day.

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1201 Filbert St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 567-2020

Some of the top picks for this day will definitely be Maggiano’s spaghetti and meatballs for $12.95 and spaghetti with meat sauce for $10.75. While Maggiano’s might not be a Philly local, it’s certainly a local favorite with solid price points. Come for the generous portions and stay for the marina and meat, which is made from scratch in the Maggiano’s kitchen every day. On National Spaghetti Day at Maggiano’s, feast on the classic spaghetti with either meat sauce or the giant meatball, and bring home an similar full entree for free. It’s lunch and dinner, for a delicious price, done Italian-style.

Superior Pasta Company
905 Christian St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-3306

For a different experience than eating out on the celebration day of a pasta that comes from large, happy families, consider cooking a meal. The Superior Pasta Company offers fresh and flavorful pasta that will make this day as special as it will make it Italian. Pick up some sundried tomato spaghetti and Diablo sauce, and prepare a fantastic meal for friends and family. Garnish with whatever meat or vegetable side might seem necessary, and chow down on some amazing pasta from the Italian market district.

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