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Argentinian steak house coming to Society Hill

"Affordable elegance" at the former Society Hill Society/Artful Dodger space at Second and Pine Streets.

Miriam Porto, who with partners owns two Latin restaurants in New York, is part of the team opening Argento Argentinian Steak House, which will fill the longtime Artful Dodger space at Second and Pine Streets, across from the Head House Square shambles in Society Hill. (It was Society Hill Society for nine months, through last January.)

Porto calls Argento's approach "affordable elegance with quality," serving meats, fish, salad, and made-on-premises pasta from a chef born in Argentina, as is her husband.

Porto is Cuban, as is her Madera Grill in Long Island City. The partners - three couples - are also about to open an Argentinian steak house in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as well.

She expects to open in August, pending transfer of the liquor license.

Porto says she has friends and family in the Philadelphia area, and happened upon the location while driving by.