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Alla Spina
Alla Spina

Alla Spina Details

  • 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 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Delicious drinks, tasty indulgent food, home made soft serve for the win!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Fun, casual ambience. Great food and nice change of pace for a Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great meal - love the way the menu continues to develop!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Went for anniversary brunch n was very impressed with the food n service. 10 stars to our server for making the visit unforgettable. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The sodas were flat, no fizz at all. the steak was ordered medium rare but came out medium well. Still tasted great."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "All of us were extremely disappointed in the food. It was overpriced and the portions were ridiculous. I don’t expect to end up with two “so-called” gnocchis grossly tasting like cinnamon buns. As for appetizers, we were planning on sharing some charcuterie and cheese platters, but a couple of slices of ham and half a crumb of cheese can hardly be considered a “platter”, maybe a half-sample, at best. Our waiter was not friendly. He even walked away while we were still ordering. He hardly ever came to our table. The only reason why I give this place two stars and not one, is because of the beer selection which if great. oh wait, no, the beer selection doesn't make up for bad service and worse food. Bottom line, I will never ever go back "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Our group had a little bit of everything food-wise. Nothing was as great as I thought it would be, based off of reviews. However, I did enjoy the cocktails, beer, and a couple glasses of wine. The alcoholic beverages are what makes this place such an awesome bar scene. From a service aspect, our waiter Troy was short, walked away as some people were still ordering, and was unnecessarily surly. We're foodies and eat dinner out at least 3x per week and have never encountered a server with such little personality and interest in his craft. I've never had a bad experience at a Vetri restaurant, but I'm compelled to share our experience."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Very nice beer lists. Good mix between italian and local food."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Very noisy --high energy place with great beer and wine and food to match. Don't miss the chocolate taco I loved the pig tails --my friends devoured the pretzels young hip crowd good value for the money"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Sat at the table for 15 minutes with no menus and no waitress(it was 6:00 and they weren't busy yet)Fried chicken was dry and over cooked. Sausage cheese steak was greasy and nothing special. Pretzels were good and poutine hardly had any cheese curds. Asked for a Cabernet which was then told they didn't have but would bring something out close to it. What they brought me was fruity and very light bodied. Had to send it back (which I never do). I don't know how this place gets such good reviews. Nice beer selection. I'd go back for drinks. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We started with some beers we hadn't tried before, and later we were seated at a couch - for dinner! Our waitress wasn't very likable, though, and used a shrill voice to talk over the noise. Service was 3 stars. There are garage style doors that open to the street, and "the game" was on during March Madness. Very cool. We ordered a bunch of weird foodie things, like proscuitto cotto (layered with a creamy sauce and shredded apple) and pig tails (they were prepared like ribs.) Everything was delicious!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "fun spot to meet for drinks and apps before a night out. food is very heavy, pub style, but absolutely delish. will definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "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