Located on Walnut Street in Philadelphia…

…is a gem of an Italian restaurant, Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizza.  Although the entrance, which features sidewalk dining at a handful of tables, appears small, once you enter you will be surprised how large the space is and how far back it extends into the building which houses it.  The menu is extensive, features generous portions and the food can best be described as family-style.  The entrée portions are so generous in fact, it’s not a bad idea to consider sharing them.  We make it a point to visit every time we visit Philadelphia and enjoy the casual atmosphere and very good service Pietro’s provides.  Highly recommended is the fried calamari, perfectly seasoned and crispy, and ravioli with red sauce.  The pasta puttanesca dishes are a knockout and the garlic bread is freshly made.  A word of caution, however.  The restaurant becomes very busy for dinner service so it’s not a bad idea to visit just before 07:00pm on the weekends.

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