Alla Spina
Alla Spina

Alla Spina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.allaspinaphilly.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 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Alla Spina reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (24)great for outdoor dining (23)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (12)late-night find (12)special occasion (6)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (4)romantic (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • French toast worth eating
    Keith
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    chickVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Another great meal, food and service were wonderful. The gnocchi are to die for....great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Porker Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Focus on the Italian beers
    Beersnob
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Focus on the Italian beers and you will not be disappointed. Food is good too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off the charts !
    Beano
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    opentablereviewerVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sunday dinner at Alla Spina
    liza
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu
    akluss
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been here a few times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was okay…
    Ravi
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time at Alla Spina,
    Gaby
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything we ate was delicious!
    Holbroma
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food, service, and atmosphere were wonderful. Would definitely go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    er123
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hasn't let me down yet!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Alla Spina has yet to let me down. Whether it be splitting their savory poutine as a bar snack, or going all in with the maple fried chicken w/ cheese curd mashed potatoes...or pig pot pie [one of the best pot pies i've ever had]. In terms of ambience, theres always a nice buzz of people but it's never so crowded you feel rushed or that you'd be an inconvenience with a party of 4 or more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Terry
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We found them in the middle of a snowstorm, and we were glad we did! The food was everything you'd expect from a Vetri restaurant. Flavorful, imaginative, well paired with beverages. The staff and bartender were very knowledgeable about the food and the beverages. We got some great recommendations on beer pairings with each course. Wonderful gastropub! And Negronis on tap!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Service Lacking
    richVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    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.
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  • Loved finding this place..
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Loved finding this place.. great food and atmosphere. Only concern was getting someone to clear dirty dishes. Several wait staff walked by several times empty handed when it was very obvious that we were done. Our table was small so it would have been nice to have these dishes picked up quicker. Otherwise, food was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good not great
    Roxygal100VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    My friend and I met here for brunch. The restaurant has a very cool and hip vibe. We ordered the misto donuts to start our meal. They were very good and the flavors were unique. I asked for decaf coffee but it was so very strong I had to send it back. They were very kind about my request to swap my coffee for tea. I order the chestnut crepe with eggs for breakfast. The food was good but the portions were small. The presentation was not very nice. My friend ordered the breakfast lasagna. She was not a fan but that might have just been a personal preference. I just expected a little more from a Vetri establishment. But, I would give this place another shot, maybe for dinner. I will add that the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • in from the burbs
    MR8B
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    met family for brunch and had a very good time. The hanger steak was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer and okay food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The place is jumpin! Loud and full of energy. Service is fun, informative and attentive. The food was pretty good but the portions were too small. The $10 cheese plate is a joke. Stick to the sandwiches and the beer and you can't go wrong. If you are looking for date night locale, look elsewhere. This is more of a high energy joint. I'll go back, but I'll be sitting at the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and beer selectoin
    EatingNDrankin
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We enjoyed a 7pm dinner here on a Saturday night. Huge mussels, really fresh jumbo prawns, and delicious pork terrine. They fit a lot of tables into the space but it didn't feel crowded. The beer selection was good, and well 'grouped' by sours, IPAs, lagers, etc. Our only complaint was that the bar was 'so busy' they gave us the wrong beer... twice... an IPA delivered when a Sour is ordered = not okay. Above all we would go back, just pay attention to your drinks and the receipt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork Fat and Negroni!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had a great meal on 2/1/14. Porky, gin soaked bliss!! Fun spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rtbird
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant I've discovered in the last year. I've been there multiple times and I'm always satisfied with the food. The burgers and sandwiches are great, as well as several of the apps. My absolute favorite is the honey-glazed fried chicken. There beer selection is on point and they generally have really great service. My only issue that that a couple of the wait staff are a little eccentric. I don't know if they're people that work in theater or what, but their language and mannerisms are a little over-the-top sometimes. Other than that, this place is top notch. Any time someone asks me for a restaurant recommendation in Center City the first place I mention is Alla Spina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Craft beer heaven
    ChelseaVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Great beer selection, highly recommend the house beers! Was slightly disappointed with the dessert menu though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked It!
    SuburbanSally
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Went during the week - not particularly crowded. Server did a great job answering questions - informative and friendly. Food was very good. Wedge salad with pig head was delicious and the deviled eggs were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second times a charm
    Nicole
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This was the second time dining at Alla Spina and it was just as good if not better the second time around. The Beer cheese toast is a favorite and should not be missed. The pretzels and beer cheese were excellent. The beef carpaccio special was fresh and unique. Awesome and expansive beer selection. Alla Spina has such a laid back relaxed vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and nice
    JanetR
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Young feeling bustling ambience...a little pricey but affordable if ordering smart to share and try different things. We had shrimp in a yummy light spicy sauce and creamy cozy duck ragout. Get the kale with pink pepper corns (or another veg dish) to offset the richness. Finally, a place that doesn't over salt. A sweet potato tart for dessert was perfectly made and a knowledgeable, helpful, patient server made the dinner even more delightful. My second time and I loved it just as much as the first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, good food
    vanessalily
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Maybe my expectations were too high for this restaurant, as Marc Vetri has such an outstanding reputation in Philadelphia, but 2 of the dishes we ordered were extremely overseasoned. While, overall, the food was delicious- our deviled eggs had FAR too much salt on them and our kale salad had so much lemon on it that you could not taste anything else. Also, the cheese plate left a lot to be desired- it was a paltry offering. The service was great and other dishes were very good- we ordered the sausage cheesesteak, cheeseburger, swordfish BLT and pig pot pie- all of which were well received. The extensive beer list is fun and the warm ambience was great on a snowy day! I would return and perhaps just be more mindful of my ordering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food: Great. Service: meh
    Ramz
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Waited about 25 minutes even though I had a reservation for 3 and got there on time. Got a drink at the bar while I waited. Decent local and craft beer selection, but I can't comment on the bar's other offerings. Fried pig tails were deliciously rich, and the maple glazed fried chicken was juicy; it had great maple flavor without being doused in syrup. The service from our waitress belied the quality of the food. I don't mind it when wait staff leaves me alone to eat, but even I felt ignored. She checked on us once right after the food came out, then it took a while to get her attention again when we were done.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Susan
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    This was a first time for 6 of us at your restaurant. We looked at the menu on line, but it's hard to know what each "dish" is all about until you get there. We were pleasantly surprised as the food exceeded my expectations and that of our group. Things were hopping and so was the staff, pleasant, attentive and paid attention without hovering. Another great Vetri restaurant. We'll be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Heavy Handed
    Montgomery
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Our food was very mediocre, I was expecting something much better from a Vetri owned restaurant. Food was clumsy and overly greasy and salty.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Food!
    Mare
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Wonderful experience overall. Food was amazing and service outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Three of us had brunch here this past Sunday and it was really worthwhile. Started with oysters on half shell, fresh and tasty. Entrees well presented and very good especially the polenta and ribs which were wonderful. Cranberry sorbet, the best. My husband had the choco taco and loved it. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another excellent dinner at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Another excellent dinner at Alla Spina! Highly recommend the eggplant, crab & horseradish deviled eggs, poutine, fried chicken, and the gnocchi. Oh, and definitely the choco taco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So sadness.
    Lambo
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Was initially very excited b/c there was a chance to order a suckling head, beef fat fries, potentially bomb fried chicken, pig pot pie (pot pie!), fried pigtails, and beers. I love anything pork related because me and pork are like pigs in a blanket - except for the fact that I'm a blanket that eats pigs that are wrapped in my blanket. Sadly, there was a funky stench in my suckling head (brought to my attention by my friend who is a farmer) - all i could taste was bung. Pigtails were great! Puff pastry on pie was fantastic - filling meh. Fries could be thicker and better. Service was inadequate - asked for extra toast never got it. Was never asked how the food was. Never got a side plate for my suckling head to eat cleanly. So sadness
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Early brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Restaurant was nearly empty for a 10:30 Sunday brunch. They were happy to allow us to change tables to be warmer, and provided excellent service at an appropriate pace. Each of our three entrees was very tasty and filling. Coffee was amazing. Price was reasonable for type of restaurant. Wish they had valet parking early in day, but found a spot on next block.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My overall experience in Alla
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My overall experience in Alla Spina was great. My friends and I were seated right away. Also, the service was very good and timely. I specially liked the variety of beer they had.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An urban hip place fit for foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Casual, urban hip setting, crazy good emnu choices, reasonable prices. Something for everyone, including the adventurous and the not-so. Definitely worthy of a return visit or two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It!
    Stella
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Everything from the beer milkshake to the choco taco was amazing!! I had the maple friend chicken which was just delicious. Will definitely be using Alla Spina as one of my go to restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Sped
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Our food was delicious as always. Sat in the lounge and could of fell asleep we were so comfy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate