What Penn is Missing and Absolutely Needs

Staff Writer
What Penn is Missing and Absolutely Needs

Photo by Amanda Shulman

Photo by Amanda Shulman

1. A Great Diner

I find myself saying how badly I wish there was a 24 hour diner on Penn’s campus about every day. Whether  you go to it for breakfast or late night eating, a diner is a staple of any “well-balanced” diet. Nothing says diner like a buttery grilled cheese, turkey club, or stack of chocolate chip pancakes, and it’s not only the food that I miss. Boy, do I miss the environment of a great New York or New Jersey diner here at Penn. And no, Greek Lady does not come close to counting as a diner.

Photo by Amanda Shulman

Photo by Amanda Shulman

2. A Quality Italian Restaurant

I think it’s a problem when people at Penn either get Italian from Allegro or order in Serafina. Sure, Allegro is great for a 2 am drunken snack, but it doesn’t make the cut in about any other sense (maybe besides for their chicken parm). And Serafina is overpriced and not very good (hate to break it to all of you Serafina followers). What Penn needs is a quality, old-school Italian restaurant where you can order great pasta in huge portions. I’m talking ravioli, fettuccine Alfredo and penne alla vodka. Nothing fancy, but the type of food your Italian grandma and her grandma before her used to make.

Photo by Amanda Shulman

Photo by Amanda Shulman

3. An Italian Deli

This is specific, but I think it’s something that would do very well at Penn. While we are blessed with Koch’s Deli, which provides quality Jewish deli favorites like pastrami and corned beef, nothing says lunch like Italian cured meats. I’m looking for somewhere I can get a great Caprese panini sandwiches with salty prosciutto and sopressata.

Photo by Christin Urso

Photo by Christin Urso

4. A Smoothie Shop

While there is the smoothie cart outside of the upper quad gate, the choices are limited and the cart  isn’t there half of the time. I’m thinking Penn needs a smoothie shop with endless fruit AND vegetable options. What’s more in style than green smoothies? And why limit only to smoothies? I know Penn students would line up for fresh-squeezed juices. A Jamba Juice type shop would fill this hole quite nicely.

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