Spaghetti and meatballs at Little Nonna's
Little Nonna’s | Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest undertaking is one hell of a love letter to Italian-American grandmas, serving up elevated takes on Sunday gravy, stuffed shells, eggplant parm and linguine vongole on mismatched china hunted down at flea markets. Wrap up a family-style meal with a little grappa and one of pastry chef Sara May’s inspired classics, like an Italian milk-and-cookie plate, cannoli enhanced with roasted fig, rosemary, pistachios and dark chocolate, or water ice in wildly imaginative flavors. Seats in the cozy garden out back are first-come, first-served if you space on making a reservation. Lunch Mon.-Sat., 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner Mon.-Thu., 5-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun. 5-10 p.m., 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100, littlenonnas.com.
Menagerie Coffee | Coffee geeks who live or work in Old City, meet your new haunt. This brand-new café is as charming and welcoming as it is serious about its brew. They’re bringing in beans from Minneapolis’ Dogwood Coffee for pour-over and espresso drinks and sourcing local dairy from Trickling Springs and Maplehofe farms. You’ll also find pastries from Narberth’s Au Fournil (think croissants, pain au chocolat, brioche) and a few simple, made-to-order sandwich options that change daily. Open Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-7 p.m., 18 S. Third St., menageriecoffee.wordpress.com.
Pizzeria Vetri | If you’ve been in Philly longer than 10 minutes or have ever glanced at a food section before this one, it’s likely you already know that Marc Vetri opened a pizzeria. And since it’s Vetri, you probably already assume it’s impeccable. Luckily, the element of surprise has nothing to add to seriously good food. The pared-down menu offers eight pies, from classic Margherita to a combo of Sicilian tuna, onion and peperoncini, plus a rotating daily-special Roman-style pie. The wood-burning Renato oven leaves its signature all over the menu, as in a “wood oven salad” of charred corn, chanterelle mushrooms, green beans, prosciutto and ricotta salata. At the bar, an ultra-minimalist wine list joins a trio of bottled cocktails and a suitably impressive list of beers in bottles and cans. Open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 1939 Callowhill St., 215-600-2629, pizzeriavetri.com.
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