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La Fontana Della Citta
La Fontana Della Citta

La Fontana Della Citta Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafontanadellacitta.com/
  • Email: lafontanadellacitta@comcast.net
  • Phone: (215) 875-9990
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bujar Daku
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: 10 people and up
  • Private Party Facilities: Business meeting, Birthdays, Weddings & Rehearsal Dinners. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Bujar or Rafael. (215) 875-9990

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 17th Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from La Fontana Della Citta
Jersey Shore pilgrims might be familiar with La Fontana Del Mare ("The Fountain of the Sea"), the award-winning restaurant in Strathmere. Owner Rafael Kupa is excited to bring his most popular dishes to Philly at this new "Fountain of the City," a 100-seat BYOB right off Rittenhouse Square.
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Diner Reviews
  • "La Fontana della Città proved once again to be an excellent choice for our celebration with family and friends. The food is always lovely and the service impeccable. The atmosphere was appropriately joyous. We appreciated the extra attention and generous treat offered by the staff in honor of my son's milestone birthday."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Our party of six enjoyed a very nice spring dinner at La Fontana this Saturday. We were seated immediately and thus begun a lovely evening. The appetizers of fried calamari and antipasto were both delicious and freshly prepared. Our entrees were all satisfying because of the generous portions and attention to fine preparation. Our waiter, Florent was wonderful. He was attentive to our needs and requests, prompt with service, courteous and made certain that our evening was very enjoyable. He was gracious enough to offer us house wine because we forgot that La Fontan is BYOB. At my request , he pulled together a wonderful birthday celebration for our friend with a Tiira Misu cake and candle and a troop of waiters to sing Happy Birthday."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Pre Theater dining. Attentive service, food good, byob nice. Atmosphere -- a bit dated and worn."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Chaotic, noisy, crowded but delicious - that sums up La Fontana Della Citta. The food was terrific. All of us really enjoyed the quality, preparation and presentation. It is a red sauce Italian, but the flavors were outstanding, the portions perfectly sized and the food came to us quickly. On the down side, the first page of the menu had rules (WTF?), the staff was constantly bumping into us and as soon as the last bite was eaten, the server stood by our table to get us to leave. On the way out, the hostess ran in to me attempting to get back to her station. They seemed to reserve the front for the well dressed, lawyers and trophy wives and put everybody else out of sight in the back. In a nut shell, great food poor experience."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "While the menu looks wonderful in general, the very first items on the 1st page list all the rules of the house: minimum per person charge for dining, not to overstay at the table when done, #'s of credit cards per table and several others....To us that is distasteful, not to publish but to have it located as the 1st thing you see....Sets a tone like you are in school and being told what the rules are or you will get in trouble."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have had good meals here and then sometimes much less than good. My pasta the other night was incredibly tasteless. The white wine sauce tasted of raw flour. ….as did the parmesan cheese…had it been cut with flour? To be fair, my guest liked his pasta a lot. The service is normally fine. Will I go back, probably, and hope that I catch it on an upswing."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The service was outstanding! My friend and I both enjoyed our food, but I would definitely go back there mainly for how nice we were treated!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We had made a reservation for 3 through Open Table for a Saturday night. We arrived right on time, however, the servers did not have a table ready for us, and then crammed the 3 of us into a table for 2 against the wall. We were constantly being hit by the servers and other customers trying to get around us. The food was fantastic...however, the experience was not fantastic. The restaurant was also very loud and noisy because everyone was seated so close together."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Good location. Did not realize a dish overwhelmingly dominated by pasta and a few pieces of protein could be so expensive. Certainly overpriced. Waited long for pasta dishes to be prepared."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I went to La Fontana with my girlfriend for the first time this weekend. She had been before and raved about it so I thought we'd give it a try. I don't think I can say one bad thing about our experience. I reservation was for 6:45 and after walking around the city we thought around 6:15 we'd see if there was a possibility of getting in a little early. They took us immediately and put us at a nice little table in the back where it was nice and quiet. Our server was very polite and made the dining experience memorable. The food was absolutely amazing. We had the portobella mushroom in basalmic appetizer and it was absolutely amazing! We both tried on of the dinner specials and the food was incredible. Definitely recommend and we will be back"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food is pretty good, but we'll not return. They charge a corkage fee, and will only take 2 credit cards per table. They hustle you to pay and leave once your plates are cleared."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our overall experience was a pleasant one. The ceasar salad was bland but enjoyed everything else we ordered. The service was good but after dessert our waiter disappeared and we had to wait for the check. I would return to this byob and give it another try."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Really fantastic food, good lively and young atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was just ok this time. I have been at this restaurant many, many times and the food has been better."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We were a group of 5, service excellent. We all had different entres and everyone commented on how good their dinner was. The staff was most accomodating and friendly."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Looking for terrific old school Italian food with flair - this is the spot. It is cozy, warm, and classy. Presentation is perfect. Food is tasty. Staff is attentive. Really recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Not only could we barely hear each other, we were packed in like sardines and the only service we received was when they needed something - like to have us change tables. There are numerous Italian restaurants in Philly, I'd say try one of the others first."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very good experience from start to finish. Service was outstanding. Seated on time for my reservation at a great table by the window. Food was served promptly and piping hot. Everything tasted great and I plan on returning."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Best BYOB I've ever been to. the food is absolutely delicious and the staff is always friendly. Never had to wait if I made reservations. Staff wasn't pushy to get us out either. I've been here three times and this weekend went with my boyfriend for dinner to celebrate. It was very romantic and I liked that the staff didn't bother us much (they could tell we were fine though, weren't neglecting us)."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was good. The service was especially friendly and enthusiastic. The noise level, though, made conversation difficult. We were there late Saturday evening. Perhaps it is not so noisy on other evenings."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great place for dinner before concert at the Kimmel Center. Does not have a liquor license, so great BYO with very minimal corking fee."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I went for restaurant week an it was absolutely delicious! I will be going back!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My favorite restaurant in the city. Such a hidden gem."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I took my mom here during restaurant week to celebrate her birthday. The portions were good, not skimpy. The food was good, we both enjoyed everything we ordered. BYOB which was nice, we brought a bottle of wine. Our server Roberto was very attentive. I have no complaints, all but one. I had let them know ahead of time it was my mom's birthday and they said they would sing. However, they did forget when our desserts came. I told Roberto after the fact and he was apologetic and brought out another piece of cake with a candle in it and the servers all sang, it was cute and most importantly my mom enjoyed it. They also offered us 2 complimentary glasses of wine, but we couldn't stay because we had other plans. Overall, good experience."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Thank you to your wonderful staff for a very special evening! Loved the experience and food"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "They have a good selection of food that all taste good. Try the tarfuto, it's to die for!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We celebrated my son's birthday here. There were two very large college groups here. Loud. The ravioli and its sauce was excellent. I didn't care for the Veal Fontana. The tiramisu was fantastic. Good wait staff and attentive."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "La Fontanna has great atmosphere and excellent service, very attentive. The food was very good and even though one in our party was late, we were never rushed and were able to truly enjoy our dinner experience."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Looking for a different place to dine for restaurant week, we chose to sample the taste at La Fontana Della Citta. When arriving we were approached by a polite hostess. We asked to be seated away from door and window drafts and were quickly accommodated. The menu included 4 courses. All choices on the Restaurant Week were mostly traditional, however, flavor was wonderful. To put icing on the cake, the service was wonderful. The wait staff were very attentive but not intrusive. Would recommend to all."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "La Fontana never ceases to amaze me! I have dined at all their restaurants but this one is my go to in the winter months when those down the beach are not open. The staff are all extremely attentive, genuine, and personable; the staff truly does treat you like family. The food came out at just the right moment, with all my party's dishes hot and cooked to perfection. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dinner and had great difficulty finishing it! However, when it came time for dessert, no one could refuse. The espressos were piping hot and the cappuccino was delicious. This was not my first time dining here, and it will certainly not be my last!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "They have list of rules for dining. Found that interesting."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Very noisy. We were 6 people and they sat us at a table for 4. Very cramped. Food came out in 10 minutes. One entree came out wrong and it only took 5 minutes to get a new one. I guess the food Is not made to order ."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "My husband and I had a pleasant meal at La Fontana Della Citta on a recent Friday evening. The food was quite good. We shared a very nice salad to start. This was more than enough for the two of us. Then we made the mistake of each ordering pasta for our main course. The pasta was great but the portions were huge. We couldn't come close to eating it all. We took the uneaten food home and had more than enough for dinner the next night. I will never understand why they can get portion size correct in Italy but not in a good Italian restaurant in the US. When we return it will be to share (note there is a $6 charge for sharing an entree."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Usually I like going to La Fontana, but the other night I did not have such a great experience. I ordered the Arugula salad, which was basically lettuce on a plate - almost no dressing and the only thing in the salad was 3 strips of Parmesan cheese. This is pretty pathetic for $8. For the entree, I ordered the gnocchi Sorrentina. This was good....However, I was not very hungry and only ate about 25% of my meal. They packed up my leftovers and the next day, I noticed they gave me the wrong ones! I called to complain, they made me a new dish, but that new dish was a side portion of what I originally ordered -- I had left almost triple that amount."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The owners and the waiters were quite cordial and attentive. The Caesar salad, the mussels in white wine, the 3 pasta dish were quite fine, but Veal Fontana was a disappointment; nice pieces of veal but covered with very salty prosciutto and a salty sauce. I think most diners would not like that dish. The tiramisu was not authentic as the lower layers were hard biscuits. The cost as advertised was 99.99 including tax. With tip, we spent $120 a piece. I would recommend this restaurant but diners should question the veal dishes and hope for better desserts. John T. D'Alessandro Ph.D."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I have been going to La Fontana Della Citta since it has been open. Over the years I have never been disappointed with the staff or their menu."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "There were 6 of us and the restaurant gave us a table that sat 4 comfortably. Two of us ate the edge of the table. We all felt rushed and our dishes were taken away too quickly. The food (branzino) was very good but I don't think we would go back. Never asked asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. It's really a shame since this restaurant is in the city and the competion is fierce. I also had a problem that they didn't check us in with Open Table. Called the restaurant and they didn't do anything for me. Thank you Open Table!!! for taking care of this. Other than that......Happy New Year!!!!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "If your looking for really good Italian, this us the place. The sauce was excellent, I had the chicken Parm my husband had the veal, nothing delicious. I tasted the risotto and gnocchi both delicious. They seated us right away, we had a reservation for 4. Portion size wax very good, just right! Service could have been a little better and they could have poured the first glasses of our wine. Overall I can't wait yo go back"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great food. Have been several times and will continue to come back."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "A very relaxed feel with excellent service. We had the specials which were very good but a little pricey. The regular menu was very reasonable in price. There was a $1.95 corkage fee per bottle, but our waiter did not charge us. Overall, a good experience and we would definitely return."
    Dined on 12/21/2013