Little Nonna's
Little Nonna's

Little Nonna's

  • 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.
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Little Nonna's reviews from OpenTable diners
427 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (286)fit for foodies (259)great for outdoor dining (176)romantic (149)special occasion (118)hot spot (75)great for lunch (64)good for groups (42)notable wine list (30)late-night find (19)kid-friendly (17)great for brunch (12)scenic view (8)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Shut the door !
    FabfabsVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Service was best part of experience . Food mediocre .. Would not rush back . Layout of restuatant not good ... Went on a cold windy night ... Everytime front door opened a rush if cold air filled the resturant ... I literally had to eat with my coat on to stay warm .. Definitely going to be an issue in winter or any cold windy night ... This would Definitly keep me away until owners come up with solutions
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jmgoodfood
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was very good. Too dark. Needed the candle to view menu.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint and really good...but not great
    Kjsunshine
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The service was attentive at first and then trailed off a bit. I attribute this the the later time of our resy (9:15pm). The bottled rum punch cocktail was Delish as was the lightly fried risotto app. The buffalo mozzarella was a bit large and unruly and a tad salty. The salty theme continued with my guest's gnocchi (although it was tasty and I feel like it would have been better earlier). My seafood grill also tasted as if someone had been a bit heavy handed with the sea salt shaker. The tiramisu was perfect, and the coffee hot and fresh.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love
    Christina
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Loved this restaurant and can't wait to go back, everything was delicious. eggplant parm, meatballs, white bean crostini, gnocchi, ckts. we enjoyed everything and will recommend this restaurant to our riends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great hideaway
    Britstar
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Had dinner here and was absolutely fabulous. The service staff explained every dish and made eye contact, which is huge for for me. Very knowledgable as well. I ordered the gnocchi and it was fabulous. My spouse ordered the Sunday gravey and was also impressed. It was so good we joked they might even be able to pull it off on the Italian Market in south Philly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • drexel3
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Dinner was delish. We had spaghetti and meatballs as well as eggplan parm. The menu is very limited....
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  • BbrynmawrVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We really liked it. Food was very tastly, service was prompt and efficient and there is a very cool vibe going on. Perfect meal and locationg pre Alton Brown gig.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Entre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Swordfish saltumbacca did not come as described on the menu. No breadcrumbs nor artichokes. Otherwise everything was delish. I tasted my husband's spaghetti and meatballs. Yum! Also the eggplant appetizer was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deliciosa
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great food and service - only complained was grilled bread tasted burnt, not grilled.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    had a great time with my party of 4. it wouldn't be a great place for a large group, but a nice date night spot. Great for a good dinner and nice conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    phillydiner
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Everything was amazing. Our server Kaylee was one of the best servers we have ever had. The food was delicious!! Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This Tiny Restaurant packs a punch!
    ShariA
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I asked a friend who works in town for a recommendation of a restaurant near the Kimmel Center. Little Nonna's was very close- not even a 5 minute walk. A bit hard to find, with all the construction join on & it is a small hideaway. This small hideaway packs a mean punch! Food was OUTSTANDING. Service & drinks matched the food. I will definitely be back, only this time Little Nonna's will be my main destination, not just for dinner before a show! Worth the trip into center city - I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special food
    CEM12
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The meatballs are terrific with the cheese surprise inside. I wonder how the chef does that? The brussel sprout salad was a different take on this vegetable and very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent upscale Italian cooking
    TeddyzVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Been here several times and never disappointed. Best meatballs in the city. Shaved Brussel sprout sald is awesome. Homey atmosphere and the garden can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The perfect warm spot on a cold night. The wine, food and service were all wonderful. The ambiance was the best part of the experience by far. I loved the décor and lighting. My picky parents were happy, and my boyfriend and I finally tried out a spot we've been hearing about for months. Cheers!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, amazing food and service
    Kristen
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful Little Nonna's is. The ambiance is cozy, the staff are warm and welcoming, and the food is made with fantastic ingredients. One of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of the best restaurants in the region! We've been here several times and have never been disappointed. Servers are great as well. A little cramped, but that seems to be Marcie and Valerie's style.
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  • let down
    UESiderVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I have been wanting to try Little Nonna's since it owned as I am a big fan of Barbuzzo and Jamonera who are the same owners. But...the food was not good. The chopped salad was good, however the mussels were not--too much fennel. The eggplant parm was very good, but the spaghetti and meatballs were a huge dissapointment. the sauce was meaty and had an odd taste, and the meatballs tasted like pure sausage. would not return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    PeeWe
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Service was very good got there a little early and was promptly seated. We order two appetizers the mussels and grill garlic bread both very good. For main course we both order the Sunday gravy which was good. My one complaint was the meatball sauce was different from the other meat sauce. The meatball sauce tasted good but very rich in flavor. I just prefer a lighter sauce. Desert was good as well. Of course street parking is hard to find, ended up in a lot across the street which cost us $18.00 for like hour and a half. That's the city for you!!
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  • Good Italian
    merdealors
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This little restaurant is all right, better than the average Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. Service is good and friendly. This is a nice place for an informal evening with good food. I wish that there was a better selection of wines though, meaning not only from Italy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must try it!
    Philliesfan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Although a limited menu, the food was superb, price just right, no complaints on service, and a true neighborhood gem.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    MoniqueStarr
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I come here once to twice a week. This past week and we came for my birthday. Everything was amazing as usual we will be returning, thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for late lunch
    mjcn62VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We sat outside and it is a lovely area to enjoy your lunch. The pasta was perfect! and so homey. We shared an amazing tiramissu that was presented in an "antiquey" tea cup, so cute. Service was personable and professional. Lovely food and place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As Good As We Had Heard
    GregfromMedia
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had to try the garlic bread to start-- it was great with the fresh roasted garlic. Then onto the mussels-- another winner. Not a bad one in the bunch and in a nice sauce with a hot, roasted pepper on top. The spaghetti and meatballs were as advertised-- huge portion and very good. The squash penne was a little smaller portion but also very good. Very noisy and cramped but we'll go back for sure!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem
    Fisheats
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    First time here. No disappointments. Food was marvelous. Excellent service. Will definitely be going back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    PCJohn65
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I'm almost hesitant to write this review as the restaurant will probably become too busy to get reservations! A colleague of mine and I had dinner at Little Nonna's, sharing the antipasto plate and broccoli rabe appetizers. The broccoli rabe was actually a bit spicier than expected, but the antipasto plate was excellent. We both had the signature Sunday Gravy which was amazing - excellent pasta, fantastic sauce, and delicious meats. We split a cannoli for dessert, which honestly was just ok - wasn't a fan of the filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Dillmen110
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Amazing food, atmosphere and service. Going to become a staple in our dining repertoire!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Chef in the Kitchen
    Freckles
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The braised short rib sandwich with a side salad of bitter greens, and the rigatoni con zucca, were executed with an extraordinary level of skill and detail in terms of taste, pairing, amount, and presentation. Each mouthful was a delight, and lunch was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very pleased
    mangamaven
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    first time..very pleased..everything was made to perfection.. servers could not have been more accommodating and attentive..
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a date!
    randomnickname
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I went here with my girlfriend for date night, and I could not be happier with the experience. Great service, delicious food (especially the spaghetti and meatballs), and great ambience (quiet, but not too quiet, and really romantic vibe). You definitely should reserve a table if you really want to go; it got really busy on a Saturday night. Excellent overall
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of the worst meals I have had in Philadelphia!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    GladwyneGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Hard to get in- but worth the wait. Everything was delicious, uncomplicated, straightforward Italian. Little Nonna got it right.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our First time Great find
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My husband and I go out for early meals before the Orchestra on Thursday nights, so our geography is limited but our choice of restaurants is not. This week we decided to try something new and went to Little Nonna's and wasn't disappointed. We started with sharing croquette style mushroom luscious balls that just melted in my mouth. We ordered the garlic bread, which was good. My husband had the seafood mixto and I had the rigatoni with eggplant and lamb sausage. Mine was just divine. My husband loved his. The wine selection was small, totally Italian, but very, very good. Everything was reasonably priced for the exceptionally high quality received. I'm looking forward to returning. Our server was Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    love the outside garden while the everything was really good/ well prepared, we all felt that it was too salty- no need to add salt to such good food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Dilicious and excellent Service. Will be back. Waitress was super informed and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Italian Restaurant
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I have now dined at Little Nonna's twice, and cannot wait to return! The first time I went was with my mom, sister, and best friend, and we had a wonderful time and tried a little of everything. The caesar salad is the best I have ever had, and I dream about the meatballs weekly. Most recently I went here on a date and it was so nice to sit near each other and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and flavorful food. I love that the wine lists includes a reasonably priced, superb chianti. We got the garlic break, meatballs, and gnocchi. All were delicious at dinner, and the next day as leftovers. I can't wait for my next excuse to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    glbltvlrVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our first time there, had meat ball, eggplant, and spaghetti with meatball as recommended by our waitress, also had garlic bread and later desert. The bread was very good, eggplant was ok except for a little burt. The others are mediocre, meatballs seemed not heated through. The tiramisu is even more disappointing, mashed looking, tasted soggy. Not impressed at all.
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  • KJ5200
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had a great time; the food and wine selection was good, but it is the overall ambiance of that makes this restaurant a special place.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Very Tasty Italiano
    Jkrazi
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went here to complete our visits to Jamenero, Lolita, and Barbuzzo, all which we loved. Service and ambience at Noona's were great. We sat out in the patio which has an ingenious Plexiglas cover and our server was very thorough and attentive. We had the Gravy Bowl and the seafood in broth dish, Both were good, but frankly didn't compare to our unique dining at the other three. Maybe it was just that we ordered simple dishes.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Great flavor but noisy
    LightSauceVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food is great especially if you're into meatballs. They are a must have. Very loud location inside and outside. High on my list for restaurants in the Philadelphia area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.