A night on the town: skulls & pasta

The Mutter Museum

Skulls, hearts and corpses, oh my!

The Mutter Museum, located on 22nd Street between Market and Chestnut, is welcoming and cozy. The lobby is furnished with two large couches and high ceilings that add an air of sophistication.

The spectator must venture to his left to find all the weird things on display.

The notes and discoveries of profound physicians are in the first section of the building. There are pictures of diseases, and books of handwritten accounts from physicians are open behind glass.

A doorway away, however, is an entirely different world. The top level wraps around and has a vast amount of real human skulls, a hand that suffered from gangrene in a jar, a bust of a woman with a horn growing from her forehead and pictures of Siamese twins.

One astounding spectacle is known as the soap lady-her body was found with her fat turned into soap, preserving itself. Her actual body is there behind glass, her mouth wide open like she is screaming.

On the lower level, there are displays quite unique to the museum.

Skeletons are everywhere, from every type of human: a dwarf, a giant, an average human, a hunchback and many more.

There are real human hearts, a replica of an abnormally large intestine that exploded and various medical instruments. Another mind-boggling feature is the collection of real fetuses in jars from every stage of life, as well as the skeletons on the side. There is even a Siamese twin fetus!

To put a happy end to these disturbing sights, there is a small gift shop filled with eyeball lollipops, a bone-shaped pen, squeezable skulls and more exotic memorabilia.

The Spaghetti Warehouse

The Spaghetti Warehouse has loads of pasta in a gigantic building. It is hard to miss because of the building’s size and the massive green neon lights that label the restaurant so everyone can see it.

The outside of the building could fool someone into thinking the place is just a warehouse; however, the inside is decorated to create a comfortable, intimate atmosphere.

Tables are everywhere but not too close together. Each party has privacy, even if they are in the middle of the room.

Waitresses are very friendly and helpful. Managers and other employees are concerned with each table and come by to check on the status of the table to make sure they are having a nice time.

Customers definitely get their money’s worth here.

Warm complimentary bread comes first with garlic butter. Huge cups are used for beverages and each entrée is accompanied by a nice-sized salad.

The main course is just enough to eat if one is really hungry; otherwise it is a perfect size to be able to take home for leftovers.

The desserts are delectable. Both Italian and American desserts are featured and all are a great size for sharing.

The price for two is around $25, which is great for the service, location and quality.

Families also love this restaurant-there are balloons and crayons for the children. The Spaghetti Warehouse is a wonderful place suitable for every occasion.

The Spaghetti Warehouse is located on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia and is open until 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.

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