Celebrating Northeast Philly's dynamic, diverse and underappreciated food culture

by Craig Laban, March 16, 2017

Over the last 24 years, Gianni Primavera and his twin brother, Davide, have grown their restaurant, Macaroni’s (not to be confused with the chain), from a little BYOB into a handsome full-service Italian destination with a gorgeous new glass-enclosed patio called P Squared Lounge that’s one of the city’s undiscovered gems. 

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by Sarah Maillano, January 5, 2017 


You might not expect chicken wings to be the best thing on an Italian menu full of housemade pasta and brick oven pizzas. Those dishes are also worth ordering, but the wings are massive, garlic-herb marinated, and roasted in P Square’s brick oven -- a nice change from the fried, spicebomb variety.

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by Billy Frierson

A selection of expected bar bites like brick-oven pizzas and burgers are available, sure, but the real winners are the Italian-inflected Mediterranean small plates that lean oceanic— fitting in a breezy, outdoor/indoor space. Grilled Spanish octopus, Chilean sea bass with corn salsa, and nduja-spiked mussels exceed bar food expectations.

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Great Italian food, ‘outdoorable’ lounge, at Macaroni’s

by Len Lear,  June 24, 2016

Regarding both the menu items and the daily specials, there is not a joker in the deck. Chef Gianni and his team are able to plumb sublime flavors from seemingly simple combinations with firecracker finesse. And the service and friendliness of the staff are nonpareil.

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An outdoor kitchen to go with outdoor lounge at Macaroni's in N.E. Philadelphia

by Michael Klein, April 27, 2016

Last year, the place was such a hit, their already busy restaurant kitchen inside was slammed...So they added an outdoor kitchen, complete with gas-assisted wood-burning pizza oven, to feed the masses outside. 

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Macaroni's: They're not kids anymore

by Danya Henninger, March 6, 2016

We always hear about the shiny, new food companies. The Spot is a series about the Philadelphia area's more established establishments and the people behind them.

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