La Fontana Della Citta
La Fontana Della Citta

La Fontana Della Citta

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafontanadellacitta.com/
  • Phone: 2158759990
  • 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. 2158759990

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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La Fontana Della Citta reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)romantic (20)great for outdoor dining (18)special occasion (13)good for groups (12)fit for foodies (10)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Never again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This reservation was made to celebrate a special birthday, but we never made it. Parking in center city is rough, so I picked a place with valet parking (as listed on the website). We also valet whether we go to the Palm or Fogo de Choa, because we don't want to deal with the hassel. There was no parking in the area, so I called the restaurant to ask when they start valet parking. I was told there was no valet & given an address to a garage to park. That garage & two others nearby were full. After about 25 minutes looking for parking, we were more than 15 minutes late for our 7pm reservation. We gave up and went to an old favorite place - Toscana in Bucks County. This was my first & last experience- never again!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!
    BrittKnee
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The wait staff was amazing. My friend and I recieved two complimentary glasses of wine. Everything was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigjean
    bigjean
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    thoroughly enjoyable evening. Go to restaurant week each time this was one of our best finds for going here without any real first hand recommendations. Everyone was so nice and pleasant and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BYOB
    mediafoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We dined on Restaurant Night - a wonderful value. Mussels appetizer, 3 pasta medley, veal main, desert and coffee for $35. Good selection of appetizers, entrees, and deserts. Dropped off our white wine earlier in the day while we were shopping; perfectly chilled when we arrived for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Cannoli
    Mljo
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Best cannoli and pasta I have ever had. Too much garlic in the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    magill
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was good; service was horrible. We waited way too long for our main course and dessert was never offered, after waiting more than 25 minutes after our dishes were cleared we asked for our check!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • would not suggest to others
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    we had a table besides us of 16 people who were so loud. I asked the hostess to please suggest they be a bit more quiet. Finally I went over and asked them to. They said no one had approached them before. The hostess and waitresses were not compassionate. They said we should not come since they can not control the noise. In fact, one said it was my fault since we sat there. One my friends is handicapped and we could not move. Not once did they offer any bit of "I am sorry" In stead , it was our problem. we ordered dessert.. not once did they seem to want to offer anything for the horrible noisy experience. Of course, I left them 20% since I was brought up that way.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our new favorite go-to Italian spot
    LoveParkLadyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was our second visit here in about two weeks, with friends who had never dined here. And, just like the last time here, everything was just about perfect. Enzo is an endearing and charming server who was super-efficient as well as friendly. Our friends loved their appetizers; one said the pasta fagioli was the best he had ever had. Entrees were melt-in-your mouth good and tasted just like the entrees my husband and I get when we find a little trattoria in Rome. As a matter of fact, except for the other diners speaking English, the place feels much like we're in Italy when we're there. Weekends are a bit loud, but a weeknight is perfect for conversation and an unhurried meal. We love it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    NYfoodlover
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food and service are consistently amazing. I'm from New York and this is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Philly. Food is always fresh and high quality.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wait staff
    Barb
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Although the wait staff were friendly enough, they just weren't present. And I was never sure who our waiter was....we had many different waiters. My friend and I sat for about 20 minutes before we finally asked if we could order. And they seemed surprised when we asked for an ice bucket for our white wine after we had been there awhile. It then took a long time to get a dessert menu and, then again, to get our check. We were sitting outside and think we could have just left without paying and no one would have noticed! Food was good, not overpriced for what it was. Sitting outside was pleasant but it was very noisy inside and we were glad we had not gone inside to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious specials
    mariekVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We each had one of the specials. They were fantastic. We had outdoor seating, so I can't comment on the noise level. It was our first time there and it was great.I had the fish special and my husband had pasta with shrimp, crab, and hmmm, I don't recall, maybe asparagus. great sauce. My fish also had asparagus.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monday Night
    MWRJ
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I had relatives in town and decided to go there so we could walk around Rittenhouse afterwards. I made reservations, but we were the only ones there at 6:30. It got a little busier later, but it was still quiet. The food was excellent. One person had the gnocchi and said it was perfect. The dessert was very good too. I had been before and that time we sat outside which was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Jenni
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great friendly service. Yummy food. Cork fee 1.95. Long wait for entrees but five if you sip wine and order appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    vcvcVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It was our first time here and we will return. The food was good; in fact better than good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Can't say enough about the service - such a great place! Staff was so wonderful and very friendly - again great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch
    MetzVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Lunch is same menu including prices as dinner. Ordered a special and it was over $30. They should let you know. Place was empty and I now know why. I will stick to dinner here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was delicious. Service was very poor. We had a reservation and still waiting 20 minutes to get seated. We were seated outside and we were somewhat forgotten about periodically throughout the evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Faye
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Brought another couple from out of town. California! Loved their dinner. They couldn't believe that you could bring your own bottle of wine. Server could have been more attentive. A great place to gather itch friends
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worst dining experience ever!
    Jerseymike83
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I made a reservation for two at 8pm. We arrive and were seated pretty quickly which was probably the best part of our experience. 30 minutes go by before we even get a glass of water and place an order for our appetizer. This was unacceptable. A server didn't even take our order. It was the hostess who sat us that took it. We didn't even know if there were specials that night Bc she came over and was like "I can help you, are you ready." Umm we've been ready! It was horrible and I'll never recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too Noisy
    DonnVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food and service is unparalleled. Unfortunately, the great ambience was tarnished by the boisterous noise level of patrons drinking too much during a holiday weekend. First time this ever happened at this marvelous restaurant, but we will not be returning on a weekend night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 557 reviews are from the La Fontana Della Citta reviews archive.
  • Solid Italian fare
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Solid Italian fare at reasonable prices. Good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Fontana Della Citta
    Hungryhippo
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our food was Delicious and teh service was great. My only concern was that it was really noisy and sometimes hard to have a conversation. Would definitely recommend this BYOB. We were pre-theatre and got served in plenty of time to make our show!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable Experience
    JamieK
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Celebrated my daughter's 24th birthday there. Had read some reviews that it was noisy and the diners felt rushed - found both of these to be true. However, the food was very good, the staff was very nice (although extremely difficult to hear over the noise and we did feel a bit rushed) and overall it was a nice experience. We coincidentally were invited to the same restaurant a week later. This time, we were guests at an event of about 16 to 20 people. We were in a private room in the lower level -- a perfect setting for a group this size. Noise was not a factor and we felt much less rushed and the food was still as delicious (and portions quite large!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always.
    Dennie
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We have dined here many times. This time we brought someone, that has never been to La Fontana Della Citta. He enjoyed immensely. He is going again in two weeks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night
    Amber
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    on arrival to the resturant there were multiple groups of 10+ . We were told there was no room inside due to the large groups however the owner immidiatly accompanied us to a table outside which worked out wonderful since they have heat lamps. The staff was very prompt and the food was delicious. I had the Penne alla vodka and my boyfriend had the special with crab meat and sausage.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fair
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were somewhat disappointed in our dining experience. My fish had little taste and I had to send the dessert back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    BertieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The head waiter is very friendly and knowledgable. At our previous visit we forgot to bring wine...so he provided 2 glasses of wine for free....BYOB RESTAURANT.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not great
    nightvouyer
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Service people seemed to have a bit of attitude. Food was delicious. We were somewhat disappointed that they were not part of Dining Out for Aids
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EASTER SUNDAY
    IRISHGEM
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    MY FAMILY AND I WENT THERE ON EASTER SUNDAY FOR DINNER THE EXPERIENCE WAS AWESOME.! THE WAITERS WERE GREAT THE FOOD WAS SUPERB i COULD NOT ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect place for a celebration
    profviolet417
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spring fling
    Speedbump
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Chris
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    La Fontana is one of our go to spots for Italian Food. The friendly waitstaff go out of their way to make sure that you have everything that you need and want. They are always available and are available. The Arugula Salad and fried calamari are to die for. The Veal Fontana and the Salmon Bruschetta or just a couple of our favorite dishes. The Tirimisu is hands down the dessert to get.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Confused Dinning
    SuburbanDiner
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    anon
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spotty
    VinsMomVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    Ehoop20
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Carbo
    HridoydoctorVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is pretty good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • first time and loved it!
    lafontanawesome
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food...not-so-good service
    Rachel
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.