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Little Nonna's
Little Nonna's

Little Nonna's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.littlenonnas.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "a little too "foodie" for me, the food was good, but prepped too avant garde. ordered chopped salad and got big leaves stacked in a pile, i would have preferred the salad was prepped and mixed, ready to enjoy, without having to re-prep. and the bruschetta bread was about two inches high, very hard to cut and enjoy, didn't feel very lady-like having to tear into that. but all the flavors and ingredients were there, awesome tastes and cute atmosphere, with the mixed vintage dishes and very good service. the antipasti plate was very pretty and elaborate and the risotto balls were yummy."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Overall good... Definitely worth a trip if you can Sit in the courtyard. Appetizers were very good. Not sure how I feel having to pay for bread At an Italian restaurant."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Food creative and hearty but after two days throat still sore from talking loudly enough to be heard by dining partner. Outside May be better."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The B+V+P meatballs on creamy polenta is a must. Everytime I go, I don't care if their are vegetarians, I tell them they MUST try at least the polenta. I always order them for the table. The patio is dreamy. THe clothes line is my favorite part the puts the finishing touch of feeling like you're not in the city and in your Nonna's porch. The Caeser salad has crispy polenta croutons that are a treat on to themselves. Ladies, once again, you wow me, feed me and allow me to sleep like a stuffed baby at night. Thank You!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Just had dinner at Little Noona's. Got there on time but had to wait 30 minutes for get a table. The food was very good. The only problem I had was the wine portions. For $10.00 a glass you get about 1/4 of a cup of wine. It was basically two good sips. There are plenty of places for good food that are not so cheap with the wine."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a chance to get into town for dinner and Little Nonna was just what we wanted. We brought our 8 month old daughter who is great where ever we go. Food was delicious, just fresh seasonal Italian like we wanted. The crew there accommodated our request for some asparagus for our daughter without hesitation. That was nice. Looking forward to another meal. Great neighborhood with Vedge across the street and Mercato right around the corner. Thanks Little Nonna"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "What a great concept and wonderfully executed. We will be back for more. Don't miss the Sunday Gravy...."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was very salty. The waitstaff advised they hear that a lot."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Service was definitely lacking, thought the atmosphere was good. The server recommendation for my meal was not a good one for me. I did not care for the cavatelli with sausage and asparagus, it was dry with no noticeable ricotta - rather tasteless, and barely warm. I waited to explain to the server - she never returned. Another server stopped by to clear the table (my friends had gobbled their dishes down and thoroughly enjoy them), and she asked if I wanted it packed up. I said that I didn't like it. The hostess said, "I'm sorry you didn't like your dinner, I wish you had said something earlier and we could have done something about it." It was a 'too bad' moment, they charged me full price - but gave the 'table' a scoop of sorbet."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The best pasta with tomato meat sauce I have ever had, apart from when I make it myself. I know, it sounds boring, but this sauce had a 2-inch homemade meatball with a cheese center; homemade sausage; a chunk of beef brisket; and had obviously been simmering all day. My dinner companion had a branzino filet which was cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Pleasantly taken with the quaint atmosphere and delightful menu. We started with the marinated olives (delicious with a few bites of yummy cheese tossed in) and shared the Caesar salad. Didn't love it; had too much radicchio for our taste but enjoyed the "Little Gem" lettuce, which I just happened to read about in the latest BonAppetit issue, where Little Nonna's was noted for using this new hybrid lettuce. We missed bread with our meal but it is available for an additional charge. We each had the "Sunday Gravy" entrée and it does not disappoint. Delicious and tasted like something your Italian Grandmother would have spend all day cooking. We'd highly recommend this "Little Gem" and we will come back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I chose Little Nonna's for my birthday. With all that has been said about it, it was hard to believe that it lived up to all the hype. It had perfect execution of wonderful Italian dishes, but each one had some twist that kicked it to the next level. My wife proclaimed the sword fish to be one of the best fish dishes she has had anywhere. The meatballs are all they say they are. The egg plant parmesan, the risotto balls, the garlic bread; absolutely everything was excellent. My wife and I and many of our friends are excellent cooks, so we don't give this kind of praise lightly. The wine and drinks are on par with Center City prices and the price of the food is very reasonable for he quality."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "There were some interesting takes on some traditional favorites that were surprising and fantastic. All of the food from aps to deserts tasted great and the portions were a good size. The site itself is small and a little crowded which was okay and tolerable. I would and already have recommended it to others."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to Little Nonna's for her birthday dinner and we had a great night. The service was awesome and brought us clean plates and silverware after every course. We had to get the meatballs and were not disappointed one bit. The highlight of the dinner was the polenta croutons on the caesar salad that we split. Everything, from the wall decor to the lighting, was perfect and we will definitely be back again with some of our friends."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Been there several times now over the past few months as a new "restaurant try" introducing new patrons or foodies to our new find. Although the food is above average, as it turns out it is a little too pricey for its local charm. We were four people & the total bill was $240+ with modest drinks. Our initial enthusiasm is waning."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Small and cozy. Interesting menu great variety. Lighter fare and very good"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, friendly service, reasonably priced, the place over all was dynamite. From the garlic bread to the entrée everything was on believably delicious. I would say the only downside was the place is so tiny if you are going there for dinner make axreservation. The best Italian food I had out in years."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The restaurant is very small and therefore, the waitstaff are very aggressive in getting you in and out. When we got to our table, the people before us had been so rushed, they left their briefcases behind. We had to catch up with them, which is very difficult as the aisles are very narrow. The food is good, but you cannot change or add anything. Also, the wine list is very expensive. I don't think an expensive bottle of wine is necessary with spaghetti and meatballs."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Restaurant was nearly full at 5:45. The food was certainly tasty but there was too much oil/butter in the preparations we sampled. The chopped salad was very good but would have been much better with half the dressing. The Sunday gravy was a heavy dish as you would expect. Very good with the exception of a couple of raw garlics encountered. That sticks with you and takes away from the other flavors! My dining partner had the special mixed seafood grill. Again it was on the greasy side."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "First went to Little Nonna's with my daughter and returned for a business lunch and dinner.. The food is amazing, not your typical Italian. It reminds me of my trip to Italy; everything fresh and flavors that work so well together. Twice I sat at the Chef's table watching the high energy, very organized chef's in the tiny kitchen produce great meals that are well presented on the plate. Service was attentive. Pricing is very fair. Small dishes enable one to try several without leaving too full. LOVE the cheese in the middle meatballs and the asperagus brochette was outstandingly tangy with fresh lemon and fennel. Will be back soon!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran do such a great job in their Midtown village restaurants. Well done. I will come back. Btw, that Sunday gravy is so generous and so fit for a hungry person. The shrimp linguine was cooked to perfection and of course, the adorable bottle cocktails are lovely."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Four people. Four hundred dollars with tip with no dessert and only three drinks. Poor wine list. No champagne. Service and managers excellent. Skip it. Far better food at other places. Only thing on menu good were meatballs. Another disappointment from the two chef owners who own like five places. So small. No waiting area or bar. If you want superb philly italian food, do not go here. Expensive. Crowded. Average. Sorry to be harsh. But you can do so much better in other neighborhoods. Even the canoli was average"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food, atmosphere, and service were amazing! The wine was great and it was a good choice for a romantic birthday meal as a couple. The tiramisu and the Sunday roast in particular were out of this world. The only criticism we would have was that there was no amaretto, port, or the capacity to make espressos (most disappointing) in the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I ordered a specialty pasta with mushrooms and apple crostata for dessert. Both items were delicious! I definitely want to go back. The plates were portion size, leaving me satisfied and not too stuffed."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We chose the restaurant for its proximity to our hotel. While the menu was small compared to some other establishments it has a unique feel. Waitress was mor e than happy to explain menu. All items seemed to be crafted for a specific ingredient and they did not disappoint. The same could be said for the small but satisfying drink menu. Only con we noted was the tightness of tables which with the cold weather left little room to squeeze in. We will definitely make a return to this location."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "After eating here twice, I was not let down at all. However, after eating here twice I don't need to rush back. I am a huge fan of all their restaurants and think they are the best in town!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Portions were appropriately sized except for the spaghetti and meatballs (which we did not order but saw going to other tables, and it's HUGE). We shared 4 appetizers (meatballs, eggplant parm, garlic bread and favas & straciatella), all of which were really good. We all thought the eggplant parm was the standout. Two of us had fusilli di pretti, which was so good. This third member of our group had a special, parchment roasted branzino, that was superb. I will definitely be returning with someone to split the spaghetti and meatballs with me!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "very good "homey" italian - but elevated just a little. not too much... like grandma would have made if she REALLY knew what she was doing..."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We dined early on a Sunday evening prior to attending a play at Walnut Street. As other reviews have noted, the place is small and intimate but the noise level was fine. Our server was friendly and service was prompt. The four of us shared a chopped salad which was delicious and the garlic bread: head of roasted garlic, yum! Then each couple shared the sunday gravy which is served in 2 separate bowls with the pasta in one and the meats in another. It had great flavor and the portion was just right to share. (Although any one of our teenage boys would have no trouble finishing it alone.) Apple crostata (one for the table) and coffee completed the meal. We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Very good food, wine list more expensive than I expected for such a little restaurant."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Only negative is that tables are close--food is delicious"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "an enjoyable experience in all respects - noise level was comfortable, service excellent, interesting menu, filling (especially the spaghetti and meat balls), and I liked the wine list - all bottles priced at $40, all glasses $10, making selection simple. Already made a reservation to return with friends later in the month"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant after reading a critic's review about the spaghetti and meatballs. The meatballs were described as superior to the ones his grandmother used to make. His grandmother apparently was totally devoid of culinary talent. Little Nonna's meatballs were dry, over dense, unflavorful and disconcertingly spicy hot. The spaghetti and gravy were satisfying, but nothing to warrant a return visit when there are so many other Italian food options in town. Service was very good and the space was cute and quaint."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was a terrific, the service great and the room was nice and cozy for a cold night. I'd go back again and again. Meatballs were the best I ever had!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Slightly noisy and slightly tight quarters, but the delicious food made up for it! Definitely try the risotto balls and the garlic bread. Can't wait to go back and try some of their other options!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We have been here 3 times and have loved every moment! Great food and terrific service!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was pretty good, but I don't think the fixed menu was worth it. They don't have an espresso machine. If you are thinking of going I suggest you just go to Batbuzzo instead."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had dinner pre theatre and it was great. The foods had interesting flavors and not the same old Italian dishes. The service was excellent. We had the bruschetta with white beans, very good; the spaghetti and meat balls-to die for (best meatballs we have tasted); and the special stuffed ravioli which was also excellent. We will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "First time there and definitely going back!! The meatballs were outstanding!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Went to Little Nonna's for lunch with my mother on a Saturday afternoon and it was the perfect spot for a nice satisfying meal. The entrees were very good - spaghetti and meatballs and the swordfish picata- just enough to hold you over until dinner time. We also had the beet and pear salad and garlic bread, excellent choices. Although the restaurant space is small, it definitely didn't feel crowded, like Barbuzzo, which is just down the street. All in all, I would definitely recommend it to others."
    Dined on 3/15/2014