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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Fun, casual ambience. Great food and nice change of pace for a Sunday brunch."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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