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Alla Spina
Alla Spina

Alla Spina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.allaspinaphilly.com
  • Email: allaspina@vetrifamily.com
  • Phone: (215) 600-0017
  • 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 Facilities: Private table located above the bar area, over looking the restaurant for groups of 8 or less people
  • Private Party Contact: Kimberly Harrington (215) 763-0920

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a great time here. The food was great, the service was excellent. The only thing we were disappointed about was that they were out of our first choice for entrees--the pork shoulder for two. They told us to mention it the next time we made a reservation, and they would hold it for us! Outstanding."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Service by AleiciaShanti was superb. Great beer list. Fun casual place."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Alla Spina and we enjoyed the food yet again. However, the service this time around was appalling. Our server had a very robotic way of speaking about the menu and she was downright rude when we had a minor complaint regarding our beer flight. She then proceeded to bring us a wrong glass of wine and leave the cost on the bill. I'm supportive of mistakes, but I cannot tolerate rudeness and annoying affect. I worked in the service industry for years (Danny Meyers restaurants) and this server's approach to service is all wrong. Honestly, it made me never want to go to Alla Spina again. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "First time at Alla Spina. The variety of dishes at first seems overwhelming. The perfect waitstaff guide you through with appropriate questions and deep understanding of the dishes. We arrived early which I recommend for conversations. It gets louder and louder every hour after 5p. Taste and inventivenss get high scores. Try the lamb's neck poutine. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time that we have done Alla Spina for brunch and it is as good as ever. It always surprises me that this place isn't that busy during brunch when not too far away there are 40 people standing outside of Sabrina's but hey if that means I can just stroll in and sit down then that's fine. The one thing that you must get when you go here for brunch is the Donut Misto, housemade donuts that are just way too good. This time we did the Beer Toast, the Breakfast Lasagna, and the Polentu. Everything was outstanding and cooked to perfection. The short rib in the Polentu was so so good. This was yet another great experience at Alla Spina and we will be back soon."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I have been here twice, once for late brews, once for dinner. The staff appears to enjoy their job, and were very helpful and forthcoming with information about the food and the beers. Great menu, some familiar options with new twists! Affordable for a group, as we shared many appetizers."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was so disappointed in the service and the food. I would never go back again not would I recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "It was my first time here so I wanted to try a little bit of everything and I ordered six dishes and didn't realize until the plates came that I had ordered all pork dishes. Problem? Never. I ate pork cheeks, roasted bone marrow, pig tails, and a little bit of every bit of a pig in the terrine. Absolutely delicious and I have every intention of making a second trip this week. The beer taps are great and I'd like to try the Italian cocktail that they literally have on tap. Great ambiance, very energetic so I don't recommend this for a quiet romantic dinner."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My wife and i went here after a friend told me about the place, we loved it. Try the beef fat french fries and tbe pork shoulder."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Not the normal menu. Selections were fun and different."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great experience except for my entree. I ordered mussels & clams with sausage & was highly disappointed. The first mussel had a terrible taste & texture. It was slimy & tasted of seawater. The clams were decent but the majority of the dish was mussels, at least 1/3 of which were inedible because they never opened during cooking. I'd say I ate about 1/2 of the entree. Although I never said anything to our server I came close to sending the dish back. The dessert, appetizers, and specialty drinks were excellent. I 'd probably give Alla Spina a second try but certainly would avoid any seafood dish"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We opted to sit at the bar instead of a table. Our bartender was friendly and talkative. The interior here is slightly industrial, but it fits the idea of the restaurant. I love that they can open the garage doors when the weather is appropriate. We ordered the bone marrow and poutine. Our bartender was awesome enough to give us some pork head with blood orange marmalade on toast, his recommendation at a a cure for a hangover. It was delicious. I'm not a huge fan of marrow, but it was a better sample than I've had in the past. The poutine is pretty darn good as well. I've been here a few times before, and I look forward to more visits in the future."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Go here if you are interested in eating pig parts. All the food was good (didn't try the pig's tail that was "compliments of the chef"), but it wasn't worth schlepping down North Broad Street. We asked twice after the meal for the restaurant to call us a cab. They told us both times just to go to Broad Street and we would easily get a cab. After 10 minutes of trying to find an empty cab, we gave up and ordered a car on Uber. I would go back to Osteria but not Alla Spina."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was really good. I got the pretzels, kale salad and the veggie burger and all of it was amazing. The service was very fast. I will go back here again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our first time at Alla Spina. Loved the food and will go back. However, we weren't seated until 8:41 p.m. on an 8 p.m. reservation which wasn't cool. I don't recall ever being seated so late at a Philly restaurant. But we will return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Of course Alla spina has an interesting range of brews on tap, but the food is also amazing, heavy on pork and odd bits of the beast, but with lots of other choices. Despite generous portions, we cleaned our plates."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Even though everyone else in my party goes to Alla Spina for the amazing food, I go for the excellent beer selection. The sour beer list is very nice, but there is something there for everybody."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My husband and I went for Sunday brunch last week and found the food to be excellent. The French toast was delicious, and the frittata was the best we've ever had."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Fun night at Alla Spina w/my husband. Crowd ranged from families to young adults, dates, groups. Boisterous atmosphere. Food was creative and delicious - celery root & pancetta salad, gnocchi w/pork cheek (more like polenta texture), & shrimp were the standouts. And the Lambic beer milkshake was unique and wonderful! Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Quiet Sunday night. Great Beer Selection. Food was underwhelming."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Loved the space and the donut trio! Couldn't take our eyes off the wall and ceiling murals and the cuchon with knitted booties. Our server Allison was friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to trying other items on the food menu, and the open large garage-door like windows in the Spring, Summer and Autumn."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food was delicious, beer selection was vast and it was quite noisy."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was wonderful!. The eggplant fritti was the best eggplant I've ever had. We wound up ordering more food than we planned because everything looked so good. The fries were addictive. The beef tenderloin entree was just right. The flavors were bright and the beef was cooked perfectly. The service was terrific. I really liked that we didn't have to wait twenty minutes to pay, but they didn't make us feel rushed to leave. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. I can't wait to go again and again to try everything else on their menu."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went there on a whim and completely love it. The ambiance was great. The beer selection on tap was good. The food was absolutely delicious. Our server was awesome, she gave us really good recommendations and we truly enjoyed our food. We had the beer bread with bacon and egg and the French fries for appetizer. I had the duck pasta and my husband the pork ribs. Delicious. Loved the ambiance too. Its fun and hip."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great beer selection, highly recommend the house beers! Was slightly disappointed with the dessert menu though."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I came for brunch and was surprised to find a french toast I liked. I usually prefer pancakes but their french toast sounded too good to pass up...and it was. Too often french toast is overly soggy and one dimensional but Alla Spina uses thick pieces of brioche that hold up to its delicious syrup bath. The poutine was also amazing and definitely a solid alternative if you are not looking for a sweet dish. Against my better judgement Iordered the donuts for the table as well. While they would be perfect to pair with one of the lighter entrees, I could not handle to sweet on sweet combination with the french toast (meaning i ate only 2 of the 3 donuts). Overall, the food and service were great. I'll look forward to coming back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Upscale food in a bar/casual atmosphere. Great beer and wine selection. Service was spot on. Food was exceptional."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Focus on the Italian beers and you will not be disappointed. Food is good too!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Another great meal, food and service were wonderful. The gnocchi are to die for....great experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Best food I have had in months. Sharing is the way to go. Sit at the Chef's counter and if you are a meat eater it is heaven. Must have the stuffed eggs, carpaccio, terrine. I absolutely cannot wait to go back. Negroni's on tap! Amazing! Service was wonderful. Everyone was happy."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We had a great time. The menu certainly is pork-o-centric so if you are a pork-lover this is the place for you. Highlights included the prosciutto cotto and bone-marrow small plates, along with the house special negronis."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is a lovely restaurant. Although it has an industrial feel, the lighting gives it warmth and coziness. We went early in the evening on a Sunday and it was not very crowded, so the noise level was low. The service was excellent, and two minor problems we had (spot on a glass and lukewarm coffee) were fixed quickly and with a smile. The menu is very unusual and interesting with an emphasis on pork. The pig tails lived up to their great reputation and the soft pretzels with dipping sauce were also a standout. The beef tenderloin entree was tasty, but small. The desserts were delicious and big enough to share."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Came here for a friend's birthday. Service was great but food was disappointing, esp for a Vetri restaurant group -- very heavy, overpowering and lacked subtlety. What should have been a delicious tuscan kale salad was filled with whole peppercorns so that every bite was overwhelmed by the peppercorn; the beer toast with egg and bacon was delicious but could have been from a diner; the pasta dishes were super rich and seemed more like a shepherd's pie; toast on the swordfish BLT was so soaked in butter that it was hard to taste the sandwich contents. Love a great rich meal but what's delicious is when the subtlety of the fats and salts come through -- this felt more like elevated diner food and not in a good way. Wouldn't return."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I've been here a few times for dinner and it's been excellent, but this was my first time trying it for brunch-- I LOVED it!! I highly recommend the polenta dish, the hash poutine, and the sausage and biscuits. Everything was great, and we all had bloody marys which were delicious. I can't wait to head back here for brunch!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I used to live in Philadelphia and try to keep up with the restaurant scene. I have read a lot of wonderful things about Marc Vetri and his restaurants and really wanted to try one. My husband, two kids, my brother and his wife headed to Alla Spina for dinner on a Sunday night. The space looked to be a converted garage, but was very warming and welcoming on a cold, snowy evening. Everything we had was amazing, especially the french fries, the pig pot pie, the fish and last but not least, the wine and beers! We are already planning a return trip."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "First time at Alla Spina, had a wonderful experience. Lots of small dish options. Tried the “sotto aceti” house made pickles, crab & horseradish deviled eggs (the favorite of our table), housemade pretzels w/ spicy beer cheese, poutine w/ guinea hen leg bolognese & mozzarella curd & the gnocchi alla romana w/ beer braised pork cheeks & fall spices. All amazing. Our main dishes were the italian bánh mi with roasted pork shoulder, chicken liver pâté, pickled daikon & carrot, & cilantro & the maple glazed fried chicken w/ mozzarella curd mashed potatoes, both to die for. Great service & great food. Would definitely recommend to anyone."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was average. I've had much better and much worse. More expensive than it needs to be. Good beer list."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "From the moment we entered until we left, my date and I had an amazing time. Our waitress was incredibly upbeat, helpful, and friendly and the food was even more outstanding. Not to mention Victory has a few special brews made specifically for Alla Spina, which is awesome. This restaurant is one of a kind!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food, service, and atmosphere were wonderful. Would definitely go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our party enjoyed the food when it was finally served. We had a party of 8 which included two small children. The wait staff took a long time coming to the table. Service was Inattentive throughout the meal. We had to ask for cream, for the coffee to be topped off among other things. THe kids were well behaved but their food was served 5 minutes or more after everyone else's food. Pancakes should have been easy. One thing I learned was how much servers influence the dining experience. Brunch should have been served more seamlessly."
    Dined on 2/9/2014