Alla Spina
Alla Spina

Alla Spina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.allaspinaphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2156000017x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am



    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 1:00am



    Happy Hour

    Monday - Thursday 4:30-6pm & 10:30-12am
    Friday 4:30-6:30pm



    Brunch on Sundays 10am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kate DiPinto 2157630920x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad Street
  • Public Transit: Broad Street line- Spring Garden Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Meter Parking on Broad Street. Free parking on Mount Vernon and Wallace Streets after 6:00 P.M.
A word from Alla Spina
Italian Gastro-Pub with 20 beers on tap and a 50 bottle beer list. Homemade sausages, baked pastas, large roasts and crudo bar selections.
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Alla Spina reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (50)great for outdoor dining (40)neighborhood gem (36)vibrant bar scene (35)good for groups (33)hot spot (20)great for brunch (19)late-night find (16)special occasion (8)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 2nd time dining here, underwhelmed
    Johnndishon310
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife and i ate here a few months ago and were blown away by the food. We returned the evening of friday august 22nd and the food was lacking. Fried chicken overcooked and dry, the beer fat french fries were kind of soggy and didn't taste fresh, the deviled eggs we loved so much last time had changed in a bad way. The pig pot pie was excellent, the choco taco was very tatsy. We were let down at the end of the meal. Good luck
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as expected.
    blue
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Server disappeared for 17 minutes before we could order. Not good on a sat night when you are hungry. Menu has cool selections like testa, bone marrow and pig tails, but for the uninitiated the selection is pretty boring. My guests would not return based on menu selection. And is it local (hogies?)? Is it regional Italian? Cana de cabra cheese from Spain? And all the stuff we ordered was very sweet with jam, agrodolce too sweet for my taste too. I really love Amis and osteria, they kill it. This one didn't. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place, but....
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    food=amazing! The host and folks who seat you=amazing! We have been 3 times, twice in the past 2 weeks. The happy hour deal is amazing. The only frustrating part is, sometimes, the server appears to either be bothered or annoyed with having to get our drinks during the happy hour deal and purposely doesn't come by as quickly or frequently as desired. The first time, it was a male server that would constantly just hang out at the host reception area and avoid eye contact to come back over. The most recent time, the original server was fine, the replacement seemed like she'd rather be anywhere else, which is fine, we all have tough days, but good service goes a long way. Still, we'll be back again, the food and drink is just too good!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Beer, Wine, and Small Plates
    DJK1VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Try anything on the menu and/or the beer/wine list. Think of it as high end bar food - superior quality. You'll never go wrong with any pasta in a Vetri restaurant. If you like pork, you'll be in pig heaven here. The vibe is very shabby-chic. Always a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretzel Pig
    Wowellita
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We enjoyed sitting on the patio on a summer night. The pole bean salad was crispy and refreshing. We indulged in the beer cheese pretzels, that arrived in a fun, wooden pig serving bowl. I tried the pasta and my husband, the burger. Both were excellent. We also enjoyed the beer list, including a special Victory IPA (just for Alla Spina), and one belgian beer, Pizza Boy. It was a lovely, relaxing experience, until Sharknado came on TV, and began blaring through the restaurant. The whole crowd got into it, including the bartender, who was wearing a shark head costume. I'm glad the movie came on later in the evening, as it was a surprise to us that Sharknado was going to be played. But, overall, a fun, festive dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive
    JackVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Inventive, well crafted food, with a twist that will surprise you in a good way. The service was excellent as well. I recommend going with a variety of small plates to be shared with the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere
    RobbVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Alla Spina is tucked away right off broad, so it might be missed by some- make sure to find it and check it out. Awesome atmosphere, one of the best in Philly. Really cool bar and lounge area. Good food and nice staff to add. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunchalicious
    Chas
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My wife and I and some friends go out to brunch in Phila occasionally. This was one of the best ones we've had in a while. I had the biscuits, my wife had the cheese toast, and we had a few drinks. It came to about $35 a person, just about right for the meals we had. The brunch portions for some reason seem bigger than the dinner portions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Missed a Little on Service
    TeksizVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was not our first time to Alla Spina, and we were not disappointed in the food. Not cheap for what you get, in terms of portions (sharing doesn't leave you with much on the small plates), but the quality is excellent and inventive. There was a mixup on who was serving us, so we either got double-teamed or ignored. It was not too crowded--especially for a Saturday night--so this seemed to be a weakness. But the beers were good and the food tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Been many times--generally always a lovely time. This visit, our waitress was annoyingly aloof, disinterested, and off putting. I am not holding this entirely against the restaurant, but if hadn't been forced into disassociating from the intimacy of my experience enough to "enjoy" myself and remembered her name, I'd make mention of it. Just unfortunate. The woman who happily filled our water glasses and her sweet manner were enough of memorable distraction.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and atmosphere were great
    jrpthomas
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The hotel we were staying at had this on the list and categorized it as Italian. I certainly don't think it fits the typical Italian restaurant, but it was great. Lots of pork, which is my favorite meat. The pork pot pie was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AlexBVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our group of seven was seated promptly, and received attentive service. We ordered a number of appetizers; Pig tails, Poutine, Deviled Eggs, Cheese Plate, Pig Jowl on Toast, Oyster Mushrooms. I believe the favorites were the jowl and eggs. My dinner was fried chicken, which was quite tasty. I live nearby, and have been here a number of times. I can't say I've ever had a poor experience food-wise, and the staff are great. If you're willing to try something a bit different, this is a great place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Took us 20 minutes to get seated even though we had a reservation. The service was fine, the food was fine, tasty but not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mostly a good thing
    AmericanDad
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A Friday night at this place was loud and energetic. As the evening went on the crowd steadily grew younger and louder. Not where you go to have a conversation. Even outside, it was loud. Very attentive service but a slow kitchen. Great beer list with a nitrogen pump. A few stand out dishes, eggplant fritti and bibb lettuce wraps were at the top. Dessert was a bust. Definitely worth a return trip, especially during good weather!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Combo of Eclectic and Energy
    quotemyname
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Staff was enthusiastic, helpful, and attentive. Menu features many strange combinations and twists on traditional Italian dishes making for very interesting eating experience. Great selection of beer with what looked to be a rotating selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe it was an off night?
    jmariel
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had friends from out of town and took them to Alla Spina. I have to say I was a bit embarrassed. The hostesses were great, that's about as far as the good service went. The waitress seemed to dial it up and seemed very 'off'. We witnessed lots of runners bringing food to wrong tables. For a table of four we got two orders of the pretzel bites and they came out with two share plates only, and then someone brought two more. They weren't hot or warm even. Still delicious. After dinner, which we all enjoyed, the waitress asked us if we wanted dessert and we declined. She then disappeared for about 20 minutes. Not leaving the bill or checking on our drinks. We had to ask for the bill and she passed by us multiple times before dropping it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • jerseyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent beer list, although wish the draft beer list had a few more brews favorabl for summer heat. Wine list has some nice choices. It's a Vetri place so the food is great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining, Friendly Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    EVERYTHING was perfect! The only complaint I have is the homemade BBQ chips that come with the paninis. They were ok, but not the flavor I was expecting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade Negroni on tap!
    Ibetron
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Delicious drinks, tasty indulgent food, home made soft serve for the win!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner Spot
    Mealborne
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Alla Spina is a fantastic little restaurant tucked right off of Broad St so its a little hard to find, but seek it out and you wont regret it. We went out for dinner on a Saturday night and there was plenty of room and we could actually have a conversation over the ambient chatter. The food is where Alla Spina shines, however. Everything we ate was fantastic and Im looking forward to trying out the rest of the menu. The beer and wines were fairly deep, but so were the prices. Some of the beers I wanted to try were only sold in 20 or so ounce glasses and most cost more than $20. All in all Alla Spina is a great restaurant just north of Spring Garden and not only would I recommend it to friends we will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food mediocre. Mussel& clams in bitter sauce. Understood play attempt w/ basil in Zuppa Ingles but it was just too heavy handed and flavors didn't blend. No stand out drinks. Better plan would be to skip dinner and have apps @ the bar
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food find
    tablefortools
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We tried a huge amount of the menu and everything was a new experience. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Outstanding beer list...great cocktails. Fun times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Night
    Andi
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We had a great pork shoulder. This was the third time we're had it. Just as delicious as the first time. Great place which I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food-Great, Service-OK
    PhillyyuppieVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Not sure what was going on, but it took more than an hour for us to get our entrees, which were a salad and a veggie burger. The food was great, but something was off with the service. Our waitress said they got slammed and were busier than usual for a Sunday, but our it was Father's Day, so we think they should have been prepared.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another winner from the Vetri Group
    NotallR4sVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Fun, casual ambience. Great food and nice change of pace for a Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    mhinksonVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great brunch at Alla Spina. Great draft list, excellent curated bottle list, including fantastic reserve bottles (Has the Lost Abbey Mo Betta Bretta and the Nora Sour Edition from 2010!). Food is both eclectic (which I love, pig tails, poutine, oysters) and basic (which my wife loves, beef fat fries, pretzel nuggets, blueberry pancakes). Love when they open the garage doors and let the breeze in.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not our preference
    Sheldon
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We went to Alla Spina because we are staying at 600 on Broad. The food preparation was just not to our liking. Everything was over sauced: too much honey on the fried eggplants, too much oil with the polenta. Surprisingly the dinner best liked in our party was by the 11 yr old. There was no kids menu so the kitchen just boiled up a big bowl of rigatoni, no sauce just a touch of butter.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Alla Spina
    Kristin
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is our local neighborhood gem - three blocks from our house. We're there all the time - especially on Friday nights for their great happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Doggie brunch!!
    EPattyVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Brunch on the sidewalk was wonderful for both humans and canines (who had special menu choices of their own.) The french toast is fabulous and the beer list is terrific!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outdoor Ambiance
    sas1015
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I love eating al fresco which is why we wanted to try Alla Spina. The food was meh. The swordfish sandwich was mostly bread with a lettuce sized piece of fish. There is no reason why the food cannot be fantastic. I am a huge fan of Marc Vetri so I will return. Just want the chefs to try a litle harder.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The hype was more than the result
    MiamangiaVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Really looking forward to a visit with all the notoriety of the chef and the fact that they served so many craft beers. unfortunately, it was not what we anticipated. The atmosphere was tremendous and the service good, but the food just was mediocre at best. The fact that the female chef was eating in our view and touch her hair while preparing food did not help. Everything was ok, but nothing stood out, not even the fries. Hot dog good, but be careful (it has pistachios)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • springgarden1VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great meal - love the way the menu continues to develop!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 457 reviews are from the Alla Spina reviews archive.
  • Just ok
    venezia
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Appetizers pretzels w sauce delicious as was the crepe with asparagus and bruscetta. However the entrees left a lot to be desired. We shared the pigs head which was tasty but there was hardly any meat and certainly not enough for two. Never order that. The pork pot pie was very good but hardly enough. The fried chicken was delicious .For the prices they charge, food was very skimpy. We travel through the city trying out restaurants and would not hurry back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best service in a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Went for anniversary brunch n was very impressed with the food n service. 10 stars to our server for making the visit unforgettable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1234
    scoop
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The sodas were flat, no fizz at all. the steak was ordered medium rare but came out medium well. Still tasted great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch!
    mmmmmVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We visited Alla Spina for Mother's Day Brunch. We expected slower service due to the holiday but were pleasantly surprised at how well the restaurant handled the crowds. The beer cheese and toast, sausage gravy w/ biscuits, and the crepes were table favorites. We will definitely be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, but overpriced
    jelly
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I really enjoyed my food. I got a rabbit lasagna, and I think I said afterward that I wanted to lick the plate and would gladly order a second plate of the same thing. This place is really overpriced though. The plates are small - I still can't figure out if they intend for you to order more than one. We spent around $100 for 2 people and were still hungry when we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    CiceVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This is a really cool eclectic spot. We chose this restaurant for brunch because they had a lot of pork dishes. Definitely go with the TESTINA HASH POUTINE. It was AMAZING!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth a trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    It's definitely worth driving in from the suburbs to eat at Alla Spina. The beers are an education and the food is wonderful, especially if you like pork!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late night bite
    Vane
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Very nice beer lists. Good mix between italian and local food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.