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Pasta To Go (PTG) – Roxborough

July 23rd, 2007 | 1 Comment | Filed in BYOB, Italian

Pasta To Go (PTG)

Food style/ethnicity: Italian


Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Price: 15 – 22 ($)


6813 Ridge Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19128-2446


Food rating: 4 out of 5

Decor rating: 3 out of 5

Service rating: 2 out of 5

Well, what do you expect. We get a call from my brother at 5:00 PM to join us for dinner at 7:00 PM at Pasta To Go (PTG). Its a BYOB, its in Roxborough, how bad can it be.

Well, it was quite good. I was surprised. It seems PTG was/is a catering outfit that has morphed into a restaurant as well. This is often a questionable decision by the owner, as it is my experience that caterers often get the food right, but often miss a step when it comes to service and decor.

Ralph’s – South Philly

July 16th, 2007 | Comments Off on Ralph’s – South Philly | Filed in Italian


Food style/ethnicity: Italian


Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Price: 15 – 30 ($)


760 S 9th St

Philadelphia, PA 19147


Food rating: 5 out of 5

Decor rating: 4 out of 5

Service rating: 4 out of 5

Ralph’s is my guilty pleasure, I admit it. Sometimes, I just get this hankering for Italian that the usual suspects in my neighborhood simply will not fill. So, I jump in the car, drive all the way to South Philly and partake in a meal that leaves me full and happy every time.

I have only had one meal at Ralph’s, the veal parmigiana. I’m sure the other dishes are excellent, but when I have found something I love, there is no reason to try anything else. The veal parm at Ralph’s is perfectly prepared. Its a thin and lean piece of veal, crispy and well done on the ends with lots of the warm sauce (gravy) and plenty of cheese. The piece of veal hangs over the plate, that is how large it is.