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Little Nonna's
Little Nonna's

Little Nonna's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.littlenonnas.com
  • Phone: (215) 546-2100
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:45am - 2:45pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Marcie Turney
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Street
  • Public Transit: Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut Locust Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available across the street at the corner of 13th and Locust.
A word from Little Nonna's
Little Nonna’s is an Italian-American eatery in Center City’s bustling Midtown Village. Inspired by the “red sauce” family-owned ristorantes of Italian immigrants, Chef Turney offers thoughtful interpretations of homestyle Italian-American dishes with an all-Italian wine list and handcrafted cocktails. The cozy 40-seat restaurant is evocative of an Italian grandmother’s living room, circa 1950, featuring vintage lace in the windows, hanging antique copper pots and an outdoor garden that seats an additional 40 guests.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "5th time At this local "find" no disappointments or issues whatsoever. Already planning next visit."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Service was OK. We were uncomfortably close to our neighbor's table."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Curb appeal of Little Nonna's is outstanding - welcoming and promising. This was our first visit. The fried green tomatoes were magnificent. The serving was so large and so tasty that I ate it all and then had little appetite for my entrée. I took over half of it home. Maybe the tomatoes were intended as an entrée? If so, the server should have pointed that out. Our food was delicious, the tomato sauce outstanding; but the servings are enormous. I didn't see an option for half servings -- that would be a good idea. Regular coffee only, no espresso -- how can that be? The noise level was way above my preference. I use a cane and cannot climb steps. Nonna's is easy to navigate even though it is quite crowded."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was so good all four of us ate as if we had been on bread and water for a week. The servers were knowledgable and extremely pleasant. It has become our "go to" destination for dinner."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "LN's has been talked about in high regard. Often times one's expectations based on the hype somewhat spoils the experience. LN was great from top to bottom- not pretentious, warm, good pace of the food coming out and excellent food. Of particular high note was the eggplant app which had a crunchy outside."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This place was fantastic from top to bottom. The quality of the food was incredible...certainly lived up to the hype for classic family style Italian. The "Sunday Gravy" was exactly how my grandmother would have made it. The appetizers were well portioned, and though small, the menu had just what you'd want in an Italian restaurant. When I first walked in I thought the seating options only consisted of the small indoor area but I was thrilled to find out about the much larger (almost twice the size of the inside) covered back area. It was very quaint and a touch romantic. I will certainly be going back and bringing out of town guests whenever possible. Only downside is it's not BYO, that would really set it apart for me."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food and service was abstained good old country Italian food. Just like nonna used to make back in the good old days. There's nothing commercialized about Nonna's it's all home cooking. I love this place and will visit again"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Outstanding food and delightful service. Would highly recommend this restaurant and would definitely return if in Philadelphia again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was amazing! The service was exceptional. I will go back again and again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My 20-something daughter and I both loved the restaurant. Impressed by the generous quantities in our pasta dishes; she had a seafood pasta and I had the BVP meatballs over spaghetti. My sauce was slightly more salty than I would prefer, but I still really enjoyed it. The brocolli rabe and white bean dish was fantastic. Service was friendly and attentive. Go there!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "There are so many Italian restaurants but this place by far is al fresco dining. Fresh, flavorful and reminiscent of dining in Italy. My only critic was with respect to the cannoli. It had nutella and the feeling tasting nothing like a cannoli feeling. Very misleading. We barely ate it. Change the name to something else as we expected marscapone or ricotta and it was very cocoa flavor and like buttercream cake icing."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I had been wanting to go here but it is difficult to get a dinner reservation. I found that they are open for lunch and had a fabulous and relaxing lunch. Food was really great, the atmosphere is nice, and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant and would love to find a time when I can come back for dinner."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great space - we had a birthday dinner in the garden, which was covered, but still provided an atmosphere of intimacy. The food was great too, serving up classic, casual Italian. The price point is about right for a more upscale restaurant in the area. Marcie and Valerie have really done great work turning Midtown Village into a mini-East Village for Philadelphia. Little Nonna's is great for a small group or special occasion dinner!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I had dined inside before, but this was my first time in the garden. Amazing. Even on a blisteringly hot night. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Food was superb from the mussels to the canolli....can't say enough good things about this place! Service very attentive but not smothering. One more great addition to the Turney/Safran collection of great restaurants."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Authentic Italian comfort food. Feels like you are eating Sunday dinner at your italian grandmother's house. Food and wine were excellent, server seemed uninterested."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "With typically good home - cooked Italian meals it is curious as to why it takes so many weeks advance notice to secure a table at Little Nonna's. The food is quite good, though many places serve similarly good Italian food. The outdoor garden in the Summer is nice. It is in a perfect location, near all the action. The desserts were good too. They do have a limited wine and cocktail list, though beware if you think this is still a B.Y.O.B. because they charge a twenty - five dollar corkage fee . And that's per bottle ."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This is at least my third time at Little Nonna's and I'm impressed every time I leave. It's not a huge menu but it's full of delicious choices everyone will love. The pastas are rich and delicious, salads fresh and tasty, and entrees are amazing--the fish grill and brick chicken rock. If it's nice out, you'll enjoy dining in the beautiful garden, especially with a house-made cocktail in hand. Book early--it's small and fills up fast because it's so good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were so happy to find this restaurant! The food was delicious and well-portioned, and the ambience was lovely. Most notably, our waitress was terrific. Knowledgeable, friendly and experienced, she made great recommendations, checked in on us regularly, and made us feel very well taken care of! The prices were very reasonable too, especially for such well-prepared food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had a spectacular lunch. Creative dishes with fresh ingredients. Waiter was charming, patient and helpful!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I am huge fan of Marcie and Valerie's restaurants. I have had some of the best meals ever at Barbuzzo and Lolita. I was very exited to try Little Nonna's. Sadly it fell short. Our apps were descent the garlic bread was great, but my entree the linguine and shrimp was extremely bland."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This restaurant does not compare to the three other restaurants. The menu is limited and uninspiring. The menu and food is on a par with your local Italian restaurants at twice the price. It in no way lives up to it's reviews. The menu and food needs to be re-worked and based on a new concept."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We sat in the garden, which has cover in case of light rain. Nothing fancy here. Just solid Italian fare made like we remember it from our own Nonna!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Portions were enormous!!! Service was friendly, professional and personable. It was the perfect birthday celebration with good friends!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Delicious food ... Very small inside but so noisy , service good but not amazing , atmosphere kinda crampt , but I would def return"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised, Nonna's was quite good and very comfortable. Our pasta was plain but fresh and light - I recommend sampling various dishes. A tomato salad was terrific. $4 for Peroni was sweet. Staff was helpful and attentive. Worth a visit!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We took my in-laws to Little Nonna to celebrate their anniversary. My father-in-law loves Italian food and especially a "red-gravy" spot. He is still raving about his meal 3 days later. The food is authentic Italian with huge portions and great flavors. My mother-in-law especially loved her salad and the unique polenta croutons...we all could have had a bowl of those as a snack. If we lived in the neighborhood, I can see us ordering take-out on a Saturday evening, but alas, we live in NJ. Little Nonna's is the perfect place for a celebration or dinner out."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Loved it! Will be back! Even the bottled cocktails were good! The Eggplant Parm was amazing."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Needs change in background music. Too dull and did not add to ambience."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The outdoor garden seating is fabulous. Food was great and plentiful. Good for sharing. Wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Ate in the outdoor garden which had great ambiance. The service and the food were all great and highly enjoyable and, as a result, highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Very pleasant place, excellent food, nice atmosphere, excellent service and good value. A local gem."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The Sunday Gravy was wonderful. Large portions....can easily be shared."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Eggplant parmigiana outstanding as an appetizer. Fusilli was excellent. Wine choices wonderful. Dessert special was outstanding. Great vegetarian options.Charming decor."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Very good lunch menu. Wine choices are a bit limited."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The server was sweet and made some great suggestions. The shaved salad was very good and had the perfect amount of dressing - not too much as often happens. The wild mushroom arancini was crispy and flavorful. We shared the gnocchi and Italian seafood grill. I like the seafood best and would order it again. We ended the meal with tiramisu which was good. Would have liked to have had a bread basket as we waited for food. The décor reminded me of eating at my Italian Grandmother's home as a child, and the noise level was just like having the whole, loud, family together."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I met a group of three friends for lunch at Little Nonna's. The food was most delicious and the portions were big! We enjoyed everything we ordered from the seafood grille to the eggplant parmigiana. In addition we got the garlic bread and blood orange and basil water ice which were delightful additions. The service was excellent and we enjoyed it thoroughly."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My wife and I very much enjoyed our meal. Our shared course of potato gnocchi was lite and tasty with fresh fennel, tomato, and peas. My wife's shaved salad with balsamic vinaigrette was enjoyable and I drizzled the vinaigrette on my grilled bread- perfect. She enjoyed her swordfish entrée and I loved the Sunday Gravy especially the fennel sausage and large meatball. The pasta was a tad over and the large penne pasta a little awkward to eat but I enjoyed the whole thing immensely. The wine list by the glass was well chosen and value priced. Our server was very friendly and professional and attentive. Good value and great food and service. We highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "To the empire! Ask to sit in the lovely courtyard. Reasonably priced, good wines. Solid food."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We we first discovered this hidden treasure, we thought it would remain our neighborhood go to place. Once it was publicized in the NYT, this restaurant was anything but hidden. Great for the owners, but has become unavailable most of the time for us. Too crowed. The space just can't accomodate all those people. People waiting hanging over diners."
    Dined on 3/19/2014