Nina's Trattoria
Nina's Trattoria

Nina's Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ninastrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 2155740990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    *Brunch/Lunch:*

    Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

    *Dinner: *

    Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm


    *Closed Mondays & Tuesdays for private events only.
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Upstairs at Nina's has seating for up to 50 people and a private room that seats parties of up to 24 people.
  • Private Party Contact: David Neukirch 2155740990x
  • Special Events: Nina's offers a private banquet room on our 2nd floor for up to 50-65 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Christian
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available and private and public parking lots are within two blocks of the restaurant.
A word from Nina's Trattoria
My inspiration for Nina's Trattoria comes from two of the greatest cooks I have known, my mother, Nina, and my grandmother, Nona Caterina. Growing up in an apartment beneath my grandparents' household, I was often treated to culinary delights. On holidays the entire family enjoyed the most elaborately prepared meals. Nonna was from the Mediterranean coastline village of San Pier Niceto, Province of Messina, Sicily where she lived on a farm.
Our Menu, like Mama Nina's and Nona's consists of fresh local produce and the best the butcher and fish market have to offer. Our recipes consist of a few family specialties, and they go on to include traditional and contemporary dishes from various regions of Italy including: Calabria, Basilicata, Abruzzo, Lazio, Tuscany, and Trentino-Alto Adige.
Buon appetito!
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Nina's Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (8)great for brunch (8)special occasion (7)great for lunch (6)romantic (4)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Our newest fav. Used a Groupon for the tasting menu. Three courses, two selections each so we were able to get a good sense of how delicious everything was. Erin was charming and friendly while being efficient. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy friendly Nina's
    Oursine
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Nina's is truly a neighborhood gem, friendly and welcoming with good if not great food. I was there with two friends who hadn't been before and they enjoyed it. We had two starters - roasted brussell sprouts and artichokes - both exceptional, beautifully prepared and very tasty. The pasta dishes we had next were less successful - the bolognese sauce was inexplicably overly spicy (the menu said nothing about it) and the gnocchi with pesto was nice but rather bland. Nina's is in the Italian Market where it gets pretty quiet at night so there never seem to be many people there - that's too bad because it's a very good little place that should be more popular.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Terrific food at a very reasonable price. Good service. Unfortunately we were the only ones in the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice spot
    anaG
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant is quite small. The food was wonderful. The spaghetti was amazing. The fritatta was great. Fantastic copcode. The staff was limited. The server seemed preoccupied, not really attentive and didn't pay much attention to our questions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reasonable food, reasonable price
    djphlVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Everything at Nina's was good. Nothing struck me as spectacular, but solidly good. I liked that the menu was relatively brief and everything they did was good, so you didn't have to worry about picking anything you wouldn't like. There was some of everything on the menu and plenty of suitable options for vegetarians. It's a good Italian Market experience too, if you are looking for that vibe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had a great time, it was very quiet. We had an outstanding waiter in Oliver. We chose the chef tasting menu and it was perfect. We loved it and will be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service!
    Slonerb
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Oliver and the staff at Nina's truly excelled and made our lunch a fabulous one!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as Usual
    Marilys
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a fabulous time at Nina's on Mother's day. Food was delicious, service was on point and everything was perfect. Great byo with wonderful Italian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food nothing special
    theshoe
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Food was nothing special (we had the gnocchi, gorgonzola pasta, and a fish dish). I could have gone to the supermarket and made something very similar for a fraction of the price. The pasta dishes were 99% pasta with very few "fresh" ingredients from Italian Market which our server touted as a special thing about the restaurant. Service, ambience, and location were nice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Megi
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food is absolutely delicious! Service was friendly and accomodating. A must try! We will definitively be back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    jojoVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Dined with another couple on a Friday night. All four of us were very impressed with our meals, and would not hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Jem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We've been to this restaurant several times and it never disappoints. On our last visit, I had the talipia, which was excellent. I also high recommend the artichoke hearts appetizer - I could even eat it as my meal with a side dish! And as always, the service is warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 129 reviews are from the Nina's Trattoria reviews archive.
  • Birthday dinner
    kelseymarie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Went here with a group of 11 for a birthday dinner. They gave us the entire upstairs, so we were allowed to be as roudy as we wanted (it is a BYO, afterall). The main front of the house guy (I forget his name!) kept in touch with me very well regarding our reservations. I had to give a credit card for the reservation but only as a place holder (I wasn't charged, the place is cash-only anyways). He even called me the day of for a final count (ours had gone down from 12 to 11) and it was no problem. We were seated right away. Our waitress was wonderful and very welcoming of our party (I know as a waitress that parties are usually terrible to serve). Food was the perfect portion (not too big!) and delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • avoid groupon deals!
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    This restaurant has been off my list of places to eat as it looks very bland and safe for people that like chain restaurants. My friend convinced me I should try it with the groupon deal they seem to always offer. For $35 two can dine there and I thought that really was too good to pass up. It's why I gave it a "fair" rating overall. I made a reservation on Opentable for 6pm on a Sunday, a month or so ahead. 3 hrs before dinner they called and insisted I need to either come at 5 or 7 because the tasting menu requires staggering. We reluctantly changed to earlier and arrived to a restaurant with all but 2 tables empty. We were alone for a while until 1 other couple came in by the time we left. The food was all pasta and salad, no meat.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Two things that bothered me
    DonMVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Two things that bothered me about this restaurant were first that I made the reservation on OpenTable I did not expect to get a phone call hours before asking for a credit card to guarantee the reservation after making the reservation on OpenTable especially when I show up and find out the reservation was cash only and second as I was on the other end of the table I'm not sure what happen and thankfully one in our party caught it but some how there was an extra $160.00 on our bill which was removed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nina's Dinner
    Moms
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My husband and I had a delicioius dinner at Nina's on a Friday night about 5:30. It was very quiet, not many diners but it was early, and we will definitely be back. We are already planning our next visit with some friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    Autopilot
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    It's BYOB and Cash Only, be prepared. It was our first visit to Nina's and won't be our last. The place is pretty small and I was a little concerned that everything we said would be heard by the other diners. and visa-versa. Not an issue, I think they painted and decorated with noise canceling materials. Didn't even here a glass tink from the other tables. The food. How can I put it - awesome. We chose to do the 'taste menu'. Chef's choice and he didnot disappoint and graciously accommodated our no meat request for 2 of us (4 in our party). 4 salads, 4 main and 4 desserts. Each different and excellent. Ricotta gnocchi was excellent and my favorite. Portion size right on. The waiter had a sixth sense there when needed. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find.
    cbm0517VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Very friendly service, delicious, simple food and a fun clientele. We really enjoyed our evening here and look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nina review
    foodyfred
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food portions were good (smaller portions more romantic) Was my first time eating here and I thought it was great. Exactly what I wanted for a Valentine's dinner. Classy n intimate, not too loud and homey. The only critique would be quicker service. I would've liked a few minutes shaved off each course ran but when the food arrived it was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh, not bad
    Kate
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Fish cakes were very salty and not very good. Pastas were good, nothing special. Desserts looked like they were made at a supermarket and tasted like it too. We had the whole restaurant to ourselves, and not a single person even stopped in for the entire time we were there. We will not be back. The server was the very nice and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saturday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I have been a customer at Nina's since they opened, and the quality service and hospitality of the staff makes it for as recipe for a family feel environment. I love this place I highly recommend it wether your looking for a nice romantic evening or brunch with the family! The best part for me is that Nina's is also very kid friendly!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Market Neighborhood Gem
    EvanVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We dined at Nina's for my girlfriend's birthday brunch. I have been at Nina's before for dinner and it had always been fantastic. I was blown away by how good the brunch was as well. We had 16 people, which I was worried would cause poor service...anything but. We were given the entire upstairs floor to ourselves and the service was superb. The food is always, always good here and I love how quaint and true to the Italian Market it is. I highly recommend both for dinner and, now, for brunch and large parties as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great little restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This is a great little restaurant in the Italian Market. I've eaten brunch and dinner here. Both were great. It is a BYOB which is always a plus for my wife and I. The staff are friendly. The food is always HOT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We went on Saturday night with a party of 11, and were very pleased. There was only one waiter, who seemed to be a little overwhelmed, so our service was a little slow. But he couldn't have been friendlier, and the food was really great. Our salads were huge, and wonderfully prepared. I am looking forward to going back, but with a smaller group, and maybe during the week instead of weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice evening!
    Poes27
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We went here on a Wednesday night for an anniversary dinner. Since it was a weeknight it was very quiet. The service was great - attentive but not hovering and the food was so good. The gnocchi was like a feather pillow. Incredible! Our only complaint was it was cold outside and there was so curtain over the door doubt was cold every time someone opened the door.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy food…not great on atmosphere.
    Becky
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Very small neighborhood eatery. It was a cold night and the temp in the restaurant was frigid. Food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was Okay
    Kaya
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    I went here about a month or two ago with some friends. We found a Groupon deal. It's charming place located dead smack in the Italian Market, which that alone gives this place charm. The Chef is in immediate view of where ever you are seated at the restaurant. My friends and I, all ordered something different yet the dishes had similar tastes and was plated the exact same way. I was hoping for the chocolate connolis at the end of my meal but they came out extremely cold and small. Not great at all:(.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waiter was nice and helpful
    Bush
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    The waiter was nice and helpful with recommendations. There was a nice selection on the menu and the food was tasty. But don't come here if you're in a hurry. The night our group came, there was only one waiter and one cook in the kitchen. However, this completely suited our group as we were there for a holiday celebration and wanted to linger. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service with a smile
    Mbmermaid
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    I would like to see more specials! Menu is limited! Good is excellent! Desserts were really good! The best part was: Oliver! He was so gracious and accommodating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you haven't been here, go now!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Amazing food, great service (food served quickly, and requests fulfilled promptly), good ambiance, reasonably priced. It was very quiet with only one other table occupied, but then again, it was a freezing Thursday night. I love the decor, too - very charming and cozy. A must-visit in South Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We visited Nina's to experience their food tasting. The food was good, service was very good and the atmosphere was warm and cozy. There was a large group in the restaurant which was a little rowdy but the staff happily relocated us to another area where it was quieter. We will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little BYOB! Fantastic Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    A small mom and pop kind of place in the heart of Italian Market. I've been here twice now and this is one of my favorite byob's! The service is excellent and the food always blows me away. Everything is very fresh and homemade. They make incredible risotto dishes and their gnocchi melts in your mouth. I would highly recommend this place for couples or big groups!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    CarlotaJota
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Nina's Trattoria is a true neighborhood gem. It's cozy atmosphere, friendly and attentive wait staff, and wonderful food make this a go-to place if you're looking for a relaxed and affordable Italian dinner (BYOB!) in the Italian Market neighborhood. I recommend making reservations, as the place is pretty small. Also, it's cash-only, so make sure you come prepared!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a very pleasant dinner
    ColleenVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We had a very pleasant dinner at this quaint BYOB on 9th Street, a place we have been wanting to try for a while. We called ahead of time as one of us is gluten free, we were assured that there was plenty to choose from. I was quite disappointed as there were only 3 choices, none of which I would have chosen. I did end up enjoying the entrée I picked and overall, it was a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely return!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    For a group of 8 on a Saturday night, the service was great. Our wine bottles were opened quickly and food came out all together at a perfect pace. Everyone had a great time and loved their dish!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Gnocchi !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Delicious light homemade gnocchi in several different sauces. Portions just right, not overwhelmingly huge. Byob is great and prices were reasonable. Small corner gem but only drawback was noise level way above average. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Italian Market Style
    Schmidtykins
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    The scene was great! My Family and I were a party of 6 we each ordered a different item for brunch. Everything was Delicious. The Service was Outstanding!! Parking wasn't bad either you can find street parking or very cheap lots in the neighborhood. I will definitely be returning for more deliciousness!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In a city with so many great
    PastaboyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    In a city with so many great food options, this place doesn't deserve your time. It squanders a charming location in the Italian Market with poor food and stilted service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time
    Dinerjon
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    I love this restaurant. I've had a wonderful dining experiences but the tastings are just superb. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade gnocchi in porcini
    SavytravelerVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    Homemade gnocchi in porcini alfredo and the artichoke appetizer were superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.