Il Pittore
Il Pittore

Il Pittore

  • 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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Il Pittore reviews from OpenTable diners
206 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (162)special occasion (143)notable wine list (116)romantic (109)neighborhood gem (76)hot spot (30)good for groups (26)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Outstanding Experience
    Rich
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner this past Sunday evening. When I mentioned my wife's dietary restriction (gluten-free) in confirming our reservation, the manager indicated that he would advise our server accordingly, hence he was well prepared to guide my wife's menu selections. The food and service were truly outstanding, and we look forward to introducing friends to Il Pittore in a future visit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Food beyond compare
    CookEVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This was a magical evening. Service was first rate from the time we arrived. We were early, so headed to the bar for some interesting, creative and very delicious cocktails. Once seated for dinner (I had made a comment that it was my husband's birthday) - all of the staff greeting him with Happy Birthday wishes! We went with the 5-course tasting menu paired with wines. The sommelier was brilliant - he introduced us to some grapes we've never had, and all were matched perfectly with our course. Started with a squash and chestnut soup - delicious. Our courses were scallop, two pasta dishes, one with freshly shaved truffles, and finally - braised pig cheek which was tender succulent and superb. Dessert and tea ended the evening. They were sure to get us out on time for our theater event, but were never, ever rushed. 5-star all the way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience.
    SatnitedinerVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Service was exceptional. Food fantastic. Nothing else to say. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Phila.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phily Gem
    GsnowVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    if you are traveling to Philadelphia on business or pleasure, you will love taking a business associate, client, or your significant other to this great restaurant. The dishes are all very good and some are great. I have eaten at Il Pittore on 6 occasions and walk away every time very satisfied. From the homemade breadsticks and breads, to the Primi, Secondi, to your main dish you will not be dissapointed. The wine selection is great and Frank (Sommelier) will be very friendly and helpful. The staff is very professional, well informed and very polite. I can't wait for my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth every penny; you get what you pay for!
    DIneoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    While many patrons might consider the menu pricey, the experience, the service and the food are worth every penny! The food is always delicious and beautifully plated; the service kind, efficient and friendly; the sommelier and wine list stellar! It has become one of our most favorite and special places to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything but the duck
    FetchMe
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    ll Pittore continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. The service is excellent and knowledgable. The food is of a very high quality and the servers are patient and helpful. A recent visit found us with the usual superb food with the exception of one duck breast entree ( a dish we are quite familiar with) that was chewy and of very poor quality. It was an unusual experience for an exceptional restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You get what you pay for!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great service...great food...great spirits. You are just going to pay for it...you get what you pay for. Dont hold back...you only live once...take someone special here and you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JVEZD8VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food here is wonderful, I just wish it weren't so expensive so that I'd feel that I could go more often. The pastas are a highlight, but portions are modest if you're going to have that as your entree. Wines by the glass ranged in the $13-16 range. Service is friendly and attentive. The tab adds up quickly, but you will have an excellent meal that is definitely worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CopiouseatsVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    There were 4 of us and the food was excellent. The secondi pasta dishes were excellent, and for the entrees 3 of us had the halibut, excellent, and one had the red snapper, also excellent. The bread is terrific, which is important to us, and the wine pricey, but very good. We had white and red. Service is impeccable, and very attentive. Will come back again for special occasions, as I said, it is on the expensive side, my husband told me not to as when I asked him how much the dinner was! If you are looking for something special with excellent food and wine and service, this is the place for you. Our friends loved it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goooood
    sjnyhn
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    They didnt forget about the special birthday request! The waiter was impressive, food was great (little on the saltier side).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    vickiVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Although the food was good, service is slow. Sat down at our table at 7, we received our entrees at 9:15.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific food and service
    EsmeraldaVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant. It was a wonderful surprise. The food was carefully prepared, delicious and unusual. The service could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Service
    MissyVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    The staff knew we were running close on time to make it to ourplay. They made sure that we enjoyed a lovely meal, not feel rushed and were able to get out with just enough time. I don't think I have ever been so pampered by a weight staff. Kudos to every member of that staff!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wow! What an amazing meal! From the beet salad to the rabbit manicotti to the braised boar shoulder, the intense flavors won me over. Each dish had so much complexity. You could really tell how much effort the chef put into his food. The sommelier was completely knowledgeable and accommodating. The chocolate mousse for dessert was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat customer gives review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is the 5th time over the last two years we have dined here. Always had a great meal with very attentive and helpful wait staff. My wife and I rate this as one of best center city restaurants. Their menu changes often which keeps us coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice!
    Phoodie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Pricey but great options. The pasta dishes were the best/tastiest choices. I had the bass which was fine. My boyfriend had the rabbit which was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant in the City
    sechsgangVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Il Pittore continues to be one of the best restaurants in the city with every visit. The menu changes often and with every change comes a new amazing culinary experience. The flavors even the most simple dish's have are always surprising and the pastas are literally some of the best I've ever had. The entree/secondi's are all absolutely fantastic as well and always prove to be amazing and filling. As far as dessert, one never needs to speak more than "an order of bambaloni please" to get one of the best desserts in the city. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Good Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Il Pittore was very good. The service was very attentive, although the waiter did consistently try to up-sell drinks, sides and desserts. The food was good, but a little expensive for the portion size. We would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a find!
    JojoVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Amazing from beginning to end. A must go to when you are in Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PureFoodie
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was very good, and well presented. The lamb sausage was quite good, and the fusilli w/blue crab was a good combination of flavors. Definitely a keeper for future dining options in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have been here many times...
    NYCPHLVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    ..will return many times more. Thank you for making the wonderful food (with vegetarian options) even better with the exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    eburgerVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Service was great, food was great, and for foodies, real white truffles! They have a fantastic selection of Amaro selection. The manager, Michael was extremely knowledgeable and helpful with the selection of a flight of Amaro, including some of his personal favorites. Went with my wife for a quiet weekend away - this was a great anchor meal to a fantastic weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Quintissential Neighborhood Gem
    DonLVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Uniformly creative and excellent dishes....professional, attentive service...and no doubt the most knowledgable and charming Sommelier in town (Francis ) make il Pittore a consistently unique dining experience.....!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hhwdsfarnsworthVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a very good meal. Everthing was delicious - appetizers, pasta and mains. The staff was warm, attentive and well informed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    LanaVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I didn't realize when making the reservation that this is a high-end establishment. The food was amazing! Everything was made from scratch and really unique. It's not the most affordable meal, but it's well worth the investment and absolutely perfect for a special event or date night. Definitely try the lamb ravioli and the trout (who knew trout could be so good?).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I dinned with three of my business associates at Il Pittore. We had an excellent meal. It is clear why this place is one of Philly's top spots. The food was great, the service was great. If you entertain for business as I do, aren't you tired of the same ubiquitous steak house? Try Il Pittore and give your clients and different dining experience. Ask for Kevin, he'll take good care of you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Boomer
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I went to dinner here to celebrate my special birthday with my famly. The service and food were outstanding. We also ordered several bottles of wines which were just incredible. They have a very extensive wine list. We had the Braised octopus and raw scallops for appetizers. The pastas and duck were amazing as our Primo choices. For our main entrees, we had the veal shoulder, lamb chops and the Suckling pig which were amazing as well. Everyone made me feel so special and it made my birthday quite memorable. Thank you to the entire staff and even the chef. I was able to meet him for a few minutes before we left which really topped off our wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely, Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I loved the ambiance, the food was delicious, and the service was great. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place
    ThomVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have never been disappointed with the food or service. Kevin the waiter is great, and Michael the manager is on top of things (and knows his wines!). We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Whynot
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Delicious food, great beverage menu, excellent service. What more do you need?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    DrMark
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great service. The tasting menu was generous and delicious-too much food so don't eat the bread (which is made there-bread sticks with fennel, etc and is delicious). Small cozy atmosphere-nice but not elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Il Pittore was a most wonderful experience. My husband and I had dinner there very late one Sunday afternoon. I never had better service. They attended to every detail, filling our glasses, asking if everything was okay, clearing our table and giving us clean silverware for each course. They were not intrusive and were very friendly without being annoying. The cauliflower soup was delicious. We had suckling pig that melted in your mouth. Lobster tortellini and pansotti with sage brown butter was incredible. The sorbet and gelato trio for dessert was a fine ending. This restaurant is the whole experience of dining out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    MB17
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great for a special occasion. Good food. Impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    OTpatronVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our party of 4 had a most pleasant experience at Il Pittore on a very busy Friday night. The food was exceptional as was the service from 2 personable and professional waiters. I hope I need to travel to Philadelphia soon so I can visit this restaurant again! ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal
    LLurieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Lovely entree's and wine list. Service was good but server constantly upselling which tarnished the experience a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food & even better service
    FoodieinPhillyVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The service was among the best in the city--manager, waiters, bus boys, etc were all so attentive and made the experience among the best in Philly in a long time. The food was also delicious--every course was out of this world. Would definitely recommend (although afraid to because we want to make sure we are able to get reservations in the future easily!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consigliabile
    Incontestabile
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Exceptional food and service. Where else in town can you get vino bianco di Locorotondo? Gorgeous maitresses d'. Expensive. Waiter warns that portions for primi (pasta dishes) are small with lame excuse that such are characteristic of northern Italian cuisine. Nobody speaks Italian. Barman never heard of Punt e Mes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quality food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    very satisfied with both food and service. as a new yorker, i was pleasantly suprised to experience such a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    the food was very creative and extremely good. The pork was the best I have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Spot for Foodies
    Kmil321VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Every course was well portioned and well prepared. Service beyond exceeded expectations. It was a nice romantic, quiet spot for our anniversary. The ambiance is classy and refined, but rustic with a beautiful sky light roof. Can't wait to go back, everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate