Little Nonna's
Little Nonna's

Little Nonna's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.littlenonnas.com/
  • Phone: 2155462100x
  • 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
401 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (269)fit for foodies (225)great for outdoor dining (166)romantic (138)special occasion (121)great for lunch (69)hot spot (59)good for groups (37)notable wine list (24)kid-friendly (23)late-night find (16)great for brunch (10)scenic view (8)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • It was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was ok - had the Grandma's Sunday Gravy - not great - not even close.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, inattentive service
    146restaurantssampledVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had spectacular eggplant parmesan, my favorite swordfish in Philadelphia and a wonderful clams with linguine (that I will return for specifically) with tiny slivers of hot pepper rings. I loved the food. But I would also have enjoyed a second glass of wine. I think our server decided we were a one glass table and made it come true by ignoring us throughout the entrée portion of the meal. It's a tiny restaurant and I could have gotten up and found him if it mattered that much, but it would have been nice to have it offered.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Few ever are thus good
    renenoname
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was one if the best meals I have ever had! GET THE SWORDFISH with the Dolchetto wine! Outside or in, what a fun place. Not someplace I would bring children and probably not even teenagers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portions L to XL at Little Nonna's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    If I had an Italian grandmother I would hope she could cook like this. In the meantime I will come to Little Nonna's to get my fix.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than expected.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Not a brilliant meal, but well-prepared and tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, not great, had better
    Chris
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Long and short, the apps are better than then the entree's and the fact that they charge $2.00 for bread is a ripoff. The Arancini Balls and the straccitella were very good. We ordered their "famous" Sunday Gravy and the Half chicken and macaroni and meatballs for the table. Though pork ragu and that came with the small side of pasta for the SG was dry and overpowered by the taste of the gravy. THe pieces of meat that came with the gravy (Short Rib, sausage and BPV Meatball) were good. The meatball was very good. the others nothing to write home about. Save your money and hit the "less trendy" ask someone from South Philly where to go and they will point you to better.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great value
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Really good food for a moderate price. Nice wine selections that do not rip you off. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Find!
    RobertoVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have been trying to get in and finally got a decent time for a reservation. Well worth the wait. It was fantastic. Will go back sooner and make reservations well in advance for this find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phillyvisitor
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We loved the neighborhood vibe. Hubby had Sunday gravy, I had spaghetti and meatballs. He loved his meal, I was less than impressed.. Meatballs seriously overcooked with an almost burned taste. Great service. Bottle of white, delicious and affordable as was the featured antipasti for the evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a new favorite place
    2dinedelciously
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food at Little Nonna's was outstanding. We started our meal with the fig bruschetta which melted in my mouth. I had the delicious gnocchi and my husband had a calamari special which he loved. We ended by sharing the cherry crumble and coffee. When we sat down, my husband was a little disappointed that he didn't recognize either of the 2 beer offerings. He ordered the Birra Artigianale and he loved it. I had the Italian Lemonade, a house bottled drink with a sprig of thyme. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Spaghetti and Meatballs!
    HowardNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    That's all I ate, so that's all I have to say. Oh wait, the salad was great too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ss3121
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I had the gnocchi and really enjoyed my meal. The food was excellent. Everyone at the table also enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Feels like you are in Italy
    HdmdrxVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a lovely yet small restaurant in the bustling 13 th street corridor. Menu is limited but there are daily specials offered. Everything we are was awesome. Recommend the meatballs and homemade pasta. Skipped dessert and went to the gelato place on 13th
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They've done better
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Little Nonna's was good but not great. Other Marcie Turney restaurants are better. It's very small and dark, in an old-school, Italian way but i found it a little claustrophobic. Our service was adequate, but not great. We waited quite a while for water and menus, but it picked up after that. My partner really enjoyed her pasta dish but I was underwhelmed by my seafood dish. The swordfish spiedini was very good, but the shrimp were mushy and unpalatable. I'd rather go to Barbuzzo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food ever, terrible service
    GravyloverVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was so excited to bring my girlfriends here and I had been craving Sunday Gravy since dining here with my husband. I made this reservation 5 weeks in advance. They tack on a chair on the end of a four top in the middle of the garden entrance and the server station. We got attitude from our server from the minute we were seated. Maybe it is because they have automatic gratuity for parties of 5+ (which she didn't mention at any point, we almost paid her tip twice). I'm not sure if she was just having a bad day or whatever but I will never take people there again. Such a shame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    BUZZ
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food is wonderful - it was my second visit. Portions are not large but tastefully presented and very good. It is just too loud as tables are very close and there seems no way to reduce the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tracy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Like being in my grandma's kitchen. Yum. Love the ambience and food is delish. Not a huge menu but honestly you don't need it. I went with the spaghetti and meatballs and it was fantastic. My husband had the gravy as they call it--took leftovers home and it was even better! Go here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing.
    soupgirl
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I was a little nervous about the food as we walked in and looked at the menu but it was amazing. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    djborden
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I loved our dinner at Little Nonnas. The only minor complaint was that the back patio, however charming, is a bit stuffy with no air movement. You may want to be able to open the roof or install a ceiling fan in the middle. The food was wonderful. We started with the wild mushroom risotto balls . . . . . . bites of heaven! We also shared a Caesar salad . .. marvelous! I had the Sunday Dinner and it was so huge that I brought back half and had it for lunch the next day. My husband had the orrechiette with broccoli rabe. He enjoyed it, but he would probably order something different next time. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the Best Lunches I Ever Had
    TheBigCheeseVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was truly a memorable lunch. I had the Chicken and Pepperoni Parmesan sandwich with salad and my wife had Spaghetti and Meatballs. Both came in huge portions of perfectly prepared food. The sauce was heavenly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot!
    Maxine20VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was great - service was outstanding. Would highly recommend. Already thinking of when I can return. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sweettooth
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've been here twice and I had a wonderful experience both times. Garlic bread is amazing and the desserts I've had (tiramisu, blood orange sorbet) have been fantastic. Second time around our server was a little slow but she was very attentive when she was available. Otherwise its a wonderful place to go and I suggest going with a group no greater than 4-6.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tight quarters
    trencher
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Tables for two so close together you're dining elbow to elbow with strangers. We were early, so scored the window seat, which gives a nice view of Locust Street's of and ten interesting foot traffic and doesn't make you feel hemmed in. We would have preferred cocktails from a bar, rather than bottled, but that's our idiosyncrasy. It's a nice enough place,just not our personal style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dine in the courtyard
    mfoy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Husband and I went last Friday and ate in the outdoor courtyard - it was a lovely evening, no humidity and about 80 degrees. Nonna's "laundry " is hanging from clothesline and it's a cute space. The antipasto plate (chef selects the items so it may be different each time) was delicious! Salami, capicola, proscuitto, cheese . Also the garlic bread is to die for! Definitely get the bread. Hubby had the seafood plate and said it was great. I got the spaghetti and meatballs and like a prior reviewer remarked, it did have a slight burnt taste to it. I think they deep fry the meatballs - they had a crusty outside and tender inside (with the surprise cheese inside) and were okay, but I wasn't a fan of the burnt, smoky taste of the pasta.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a repeat visit
    rittenhousefoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Delightful outdoor garden, very helpful staff, great presentaion, food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was looking forward to this newish restaurant by the girls and it did not disappoint. Very flavorful and fresh combos with fresh herb use the main draw to even drinks! I loved the combo of fresh thyme in my spiked (fresh)lemonade and the blood orange water ice with basil,wow. We had a great server who was friendly,accesable and very knowledgeable. Horray for another winner. If I had one complaint and it is with restaurants,these days in general,it is the season for fresh fruit!!!!! use it and lighten up on the desserts after a heavish meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply amazing
    BlondeWithAFork
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    1st time diners and it was beyond amazing! Minus the fact they set us up in the outdoor seating in the alley section ( kind of awkward ) Will be back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    jefropuf
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I came here for lunch on my birthday. I was not disapointed! I had arancini' croquet and rigatoni with meat sauce. Amazing! Friends had roast pork sandwich! Delicious! Another had eggplant parmesan. All excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aggressive air conditioning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great food but air con too aggressive the night we dined. Waitron was unhelpful when we complained.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood place
    slsiegeVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The help definitely aims to please. The food is fine, though I thought my swordfish was far too salty. The plate was quickly redone when I complained.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood Italian fare
    gemgirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I used the opportunity of my brother's anniversary to celebrate with his family at Little Nonna's. We were all impressed with the quality of the food and the size of the portions. Each of us really enjoyed our selections and we all did our fair share of sampling each other's choices. Marcie Turney continues to delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pretty good
    karenVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The outdoor dining was not what we expected - it is covered, so extremely hot in temperature in the summer. We were there after 9pm and still uncomfortably hot. The waitress (she was very nice) commented about the set up being hot and very hot for lunch. I expected it to be a bit more charming with the award for best outdoor dining. For this reason, I would opt to eat inside. The food was good - not outstanding. We were told that the portions were "huge" so opted for sharing, but were normal sized. Be sure and ask how things are served, as not always traditional Italian - the mussels appetizer was served in a sauce with vegetables, corn, etc. The appetizer meatballs were excellent - even though bit "burnt" but the taste was perfect.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Garden Dining, But...
    bgmakesmovies
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We were seated about 15 minutes late for our 8:30 reservation on Saturday night which was ok, since we chose to wait for garden seats, which we'd highly recommend. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, if a little long between visits. Food was as described and pretty delicious all around. The one major disappointment with the experience was that 2 of the dishes we tried to order were sold out. It seemed a misfire to have sellouts so early on Saturday night. Overall we'd recommend it, and would probably go back, but would hope that all dishes would be available next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    James
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Heard great things from friends. They were right. Food was delicious. Prices very reasonable. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply phenomenal!
    SFreud
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Could not have been happier that I stumbled upon this quaint, tucked away gem. From start to finish, the gastonomous delicacies prepared at Little Nonna's are easily among the best in the City. The entire staff were incredibly knowledgable, attentive and happy to share their own opinions. Could not give a better review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HOT OUTDOOR SEATING
    Phillyfanatic
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Was really excited to try this place. had excellent reviews. We requested outdoor seating in their garden. It was not a particularly hot night but the garden is covered and there was no air moving. I suggest they put in a fan. It was much too still to be comfortable. Tried their Sunday gravy and it seems like it was cooked too long. The meat was dry even though in was in the sauce. Basically disappointed.
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  • Wonderful
    TbzzVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was outstanding, bringing back memories of family meals cooked by my Nonna. I had the Sunday gravy (sauce) over homemade pasta with local Italian sausage. Everything, including the service was wonderful. We sat on the patio which was a bit noisy, but that would be the only thing we would change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Nonna's outside
    LarInPhilly
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We enjoyed the outside dining (it is not inside the building but it is under a plexiglass roof) August 7th. The food was quite good. The server was solicitous without being overly so. We were initially seated at a "picnic table" with bench seating but moved to a table when one was available. Nice table, in a corner, looking out over the patio seating. Seating is approximately 25 - 30 people. Wine choice was good. The cocktails we had were excellent albeit quite small. Tables are a bit close. The next table happened to be non-stop loud talking very self important set but that can happen to you anywhere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wonderful food- everyone loved their dishes. Sat outside. Great vibe but very hot and loud. Difficult to have a conversation. Would recommend and would definitely go back. Great italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    Phil
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had a very nice dinner. Prices are reasonable and food was good. Steamed mussels app was great, BVP app was a bit bland. Orecchietti was awesome but the sauce on Nonni's spaghetti & meatballs was a little Burned and very acidic. Maybe our expectation was too high?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.