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Il Pittore
Il Pittore

Il Pittore Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ilpittore.com
  • Phone: (215) 391-4900
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Painter
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Il Pittore
Nestled on a small side street at the edge of Rittenhouse Square, Il Pittore brings the romantic spirit of Italy to Philadelphia. Its quaint ambiance, created by rich woods, hand-painted murals and a rooftop herb garden, invokes the cozy feeling of a villa in the Italian countryside. Highly acclaimed Chef Chris Painter uses his culinary artistry to bring the fresh flavors of Italian ingredients to a truly modern menu. To accompany your meal, our sommelier will adeptly assist you with a selection from our 200 bottle Italian wine list. On the first floor, a dining counter for 12 and a communal table for 8 bring people together in a vibrant social setting to share a glass of wine and a bowl of pasta. The main dining room on the second floor provides guests with a more traditional a la carte dining experience. A large bay window, skylight, communal table and comfortable banquette seating set the mood for a memorable meal. We look forward to your visit. Ciao and grazie! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "This is my second time at Il Pittore and I didn't expect the same overall experience. But we did! Perfection!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We've been here on several occasions. The ricotta appetizer was wonderful. The sommelier was spot on with his choice based on my criteria. I had the short ribs, mostly due to the table beside us that ordered it earlier - the aroma was fabulous. The suckling pig was delicious as well. Our server was very attentive without being intrusive. We all had a wonderful meal, in a lovely place, with first rate service. Well done Il Pitore! We will return soon. Best of all, it is in our neighborhood!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "My wife and I recently had dinner at Il Pittore. This was one of the best meals we have had in recent memory. Walking up to the restaurant I was a little apprehensive but that feeling left as soon as I entered. The second floor dinning room was open and quite nice, not sitting on top of the next table was a welcome change. The food was very good but what made the dining experience was the service. This was the best service I have received in a long time. If you go, do yourself a favor and let the manager select wines to accompany your different courses. Overall this was a great night and we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed the 4-course chef menu this past weekend. Although we were unsure if we would like each course when reading the menu, we were delighted to fall in love with everything on the plate! We have been to the restaurant twice and we will continue to go back because of the outstanding food!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "First question they ask is "sparkling or still water?" I did not realize that the still water was an $8 bottle of water and not tap water. I thought that was a little sneaky. A guest should not have to ask for tap water to get free water, it should be offered. Good food but not the "best chef in the city" as the staff had claimed. Service was good and they treated us to a couple glasses of wine for waiting so long which was nice. The meal took about 2.5 hours which was a little excessive. Just a little too expensive for the small portions of food, some of which was great, and some very forgettable. Did not feel like we got $250 worth. Too many other great options in the city to recommend spending that kind of money there."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great menu!!! All pasta dishes were out of this world! Highly recommend to all Italian food lovers."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "wine by glass is enough for tasting 2 spoon of soup for $15.00 4 small piece of red beets and 2 small piece of golden beets for $13.00 2 inche by 1 inche gelato I think costs $6.00 Entree was good You should be fluent in Italian to understand the mnues."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Dinner for 6 was perfect. Diverse gourmet menu had something for every one. Expensive but reliable."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our son & the wife of the couple with us had career advances & there's no better place to celebrate success than Il Pittore. Work's been very busy, & once home we've been cooking or staying in our suburban neighborhood this summer. So we really needed to return to a special place. We schlepped back into town after a long Fri at work & were welcomed & rewarded from ciao to ciao! Sockeye crudo, lamb sausage, salads, pastas w/mushrooms & with peppers, amazing fish - everything done to perfection, beautifully presented & served with style by wonderful people. As always, we were guided to great wines, new to us, at fair prices. This is la dolce vita - we're grateful that Il Pittore is there & that we can enjoy it. A word to the wise: do it too."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Terrible. Food average. Overpriced. Nothing notable. Service was, although exceptional."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our family of four enjoyed an outstanding meal this past weekend. Every dish was amazing , especially the pasta. The service was perfect. One of our best meals ever! We highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Nice ambiance,"robotic" servers that keep saying everything is home-made. The meal took 3 plus hours! There was 1hour & 10 minutes between courses. No apology, no nothing. The older man in the table near us fell asleep waiting for his meal. The Crudo of salmon & Pappardelle w/boar & bread basket & cheesecake were the best things. Suckling pig, short ribs, lamb chops, pork chop were uninspired, under cooked or over salted. At 3 lamb chops for $36 you could expect them to be special.The brussels sprouts which the waiter pushed hard on were hard, not good! The dark chocolate tart was barely recognizable. If good service is sloooow & robotic with average/minus food for $100 per person this is your spot. Homemade does not = good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Service was amazing!!Although the food was good...it didn't leave enough of an impression with me to justify the cost."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our visit to Il Pittore was outstanding. The staff that greeted us upon our arrival were pleasant and courteous. The food was simply delicious. The Gnocchi melted in my mouth and was extremely flavorful. My short rib entree was also very good. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the Striped Bass. The service was also wonderful."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "From our arrival to our leaving, the staff were gracious and made us feel welcome, and we rate the service as great. The food was between good and very good (some items very good, others not so), and it would have been better with much less salt in the sauces. Our main criticism with Il Pittore is the noise level. The restaurant played rock music loudly, which caused the patrons to speak louder to have a discussion. The lack of sound-absorbing surfaces in the dining room made the noise level more than acceptable for us."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This place is like the spa equivalent of food. You will be taken care of here and it will feel great. Food had a slight twist and it was good."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My husband and I had our third dinner at Il Pittore. The food and service are excellent and seem to get better with each visit. We especially enjoyed the home made pasta, prepared perfectly with generous portions. Our waiter was appropriately attentive but not obtrusive. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had dinner to celebrate my fiancé's birthday on the recommendation of a co-worker and couldn't be more pleased. We dined in a group of 6 (all of us new to the restaurant) and there was not a single complaint from beginning to end. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable on the chef selections and made a perfect wine recommendation based on our preferences - he even went so far as to steam the label off of the bottle so we could take it with us for future purchase! Il Pettore was classy and high-end without being overwhelming or pretentious. One of the most enjoyable meals we have had."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We came for a celebratory dinner and Il Pittore did not disappoint. The food was amazing from antipasti to desserts. The service was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Il Pittore is a prime example of a hidden gem and should not be missed."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was our third meal in the past 18 months at Il Pittore so we obviously like the food. The beet salad was perfect, the francobolli pasta delicious, the short ribs a lighter version of this menu stable. But it seems as if the prices keep climbing each time we dine at Il Pittore. This meal cost $300 for two, including an 18% tip, cocktails and a moderate bottle of wine. This seems on the high side for a meal with two antipasti, one primi and one secondi (not each but as our respective main courses), and one shared dessert. We'll likely return but only for a special occassion rather than as neighborhood regulars."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I wasn't expecting to be as impressed as I was. From the tastefully decorated decor, to the personal, professional service to the fabulous food, the evening just kept building into a great dining experience. We were offered a "taste" of a couple wines by the glass so we could decide on one we liked. The food we couldn't finish was conveniently left downstairs at the hostess stand. Overall classy, but so comfortable."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went out with some colleagues and we all agreed that the food, service and ambiance was perfect. They brought the wines we ordered by the glass to the table for us to taste, which was a nice touch. We started with salads, king salmon crudo and kale lollipops. The plates were tiny, but perfect for everyone to have a taste. The small plate pasta dishes we ordered next were all very tasty, we could not decide which was the best. I had the suckling pig, and it was amazing with crispy skin, although could be too salty for some tastes. Snapper and veal were the other table favorites. A touch of sorbet for dessert was perfect. It felt as though we had the attention of the full staff and they answered our many questions with smiles!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant is wonderful, but only go if you're willing to spend a LOT of time along with a lot of money. We waited an hour or more between courses. Our meal took three hours, and it was a Tuesday night. It was delicious, and ridiculous."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This was a wonderful place to spend my birthday. Aside from the pastas bring "to die for", everyone that greeted us, whether it was at reception, wait staff, etc. Recognized my birthday and made me feel special. Service was outstanding and food very well prepared. Just wish we didn't have a large party next to us, but I did ask for a table by the window, so groups have to sit somewhere. Great dinner."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I thought I knew what Italian food was but I was in for a pleasant surprise. The food was quite unique from the roast pig to the broshetta with mushrooms that was exceptional. The waiter was knowledgable about the dishes to a level I have rarely seen. Although not inexpensive, I felt it was well worth it."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Fantastic – this is one of the best Italian restaurants in Philly. Each preparation was perfect. Fresh made pastas were excellent – my wife had the Swiss chard & cheese filled ravioli & I had the goat braised corzetta. The slow cooked suckling pig was incredible as was the roasted rack of rabbit. The parking arrangement with the near-by parking lot is good deal. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our entire experience was enjoyable. The staff was very friendly and our food and drinks were perfectly detailed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "First time at Il Pittore. We loved it and will absolutely go again. Each course was well-described, beautifully presented and had a perfect combination of ingredients."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Incredible food and ambiance but the portions were EXTREMELY small. Almost ridiculous. Everything we ate was top notch- all amazing creations..but for the money, the portions should have been bigger. Unfortunate disappointment."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "One would think something made of wheat, egg and water would always end up flawless but not so. Such attribute is none so manifest at our last visit at Il PIttore. We tried the Tasting Menu there a year ago and gave it a second go recently. Though the second visit was not a disappointment, there were many hits or misses this time. The pasta they called tajarin consisted of very thin strands (thinner than Angel's Hair) which just did not justify its raison d'etre - why not just serve us spaghetti? There was a "postage stamp"-looking pasta which was a bit too high on the salt-meter and too low on flavor. The roasted scallop appetizer came with a pea emulsion and the two textures (the cuddly scallop and the gritty pea mixture) simply clashed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I took my mother here for a nice evening out and we decided to have the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings. While tasting menus can be a bit pricey - this one was definitely worth it. We had a sampling of the best they had to offer and the pairings were fantastic! Surprisingly both of our favorite was their asparagus soup - wow, it was so rich and creamy ... trying to replicate it for myself! The service was fantastic, attentive and we never wanting for anything. They didn't rush us through our meal at all."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, but what I really have to rave about is the service. Three gentlemen regularly and promptly appeared at out table for any needs-- clearing plates, refilling water, resetting the places, etc. It really made it feel like a special dining experience. Kevin was our primary server, and he was very charismatic and attentive. If I could give Il Pittore 10 stars out of five for service, I would!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My son and I had dinner at Il Pittore and it was wonderful! The short ribs and beef tenderloin were melt in your mouth delicious! The pasta and desserts equally wonderful. Add in great service and you can't go wrong. Best meal all year!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I had gone to Il Pittore for my 25th birthday with three other friends. It was amazing! Beautiful white linen table clothes, an extensive list of Italian wines, and a mouth watering menu. We started off with the lamb sausage which was deliciously unique. We then ordered two pasta dishes to share- the lobster tortellini and a gnocci special. Both were amazing, just enough for each person to have a few bites. For dinner, my boyfriend had the suckling pig which was unlike anything I've ever had. It had a crispy outside, and the meat just fell apart in your mouth. Me and my girlfriend both had the Fluke which was simple, fresh, and delicious. Our last guest had the Cod which he enjoyed- but preferred the flavor of our Fluke."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our dinner at Il Pittore was outstanding. The whole evening was wonderful, from the moment we walked in the door to the moment we exited. The staff greeted us warmly and the service was exceptional. Our dinners were superb. We will return!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We totally love this restaurant. The staff is wonderful matched only by the food!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our third time at the restaurant and it was just as good. The staff was great. We had the same waiter again and he was just as attentive to our needs. He made the dinner even better."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "EVERY dish Chef Painter prepares is simply excellent, the service( although sometimes a bit slow ) is very professional, and the Sommelier, Frank, is charming and superb.....!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful meal. Could have made my whole meal out of cheeses options."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the service was amazing. Il Pittore is among the finest Italian restaurants in Philadelphia, featuring creative dishes, knowledgeable servers, and a very well-paced experience. The setting is quite wonderful, however, with so many hard surfaces, it does get a little bit noisy. I will absolutely be coming back!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014