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
18 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (5)romantic (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)special occasion (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Dinner
    Philly
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Nina's is a neighborhood restaurant that I would very much like to support but after dining there a 2nd time this past weekend I must say I will not go back. The menu is terribly limited, serving only pasta and risotto dishes. They did not have one fish or meat entree to offer. On the night we dined there it was very humid and pouring rain outside. They had all the doors wide open so it was uncomfortably warm sitting at the table.
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  • Hidden treasure
    diningcreep825
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    this place was amazing. small and very personal but very nice. byob the place reminds you of a little place off of an italian street. and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service. Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Excellent service. Wonderful food. Great neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nina's is wonderful!
    MargaretVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    A small gem of a restaurant in South Philly. Warm and welcoming, the food was delicious. Only drawback was an adjoining table of five very loud people. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice little byob
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Chose this place based on reviews and was not disappointed. 4 of us had a great cheese plate and enormous, fresh salad for appetizers, as well as meatballs. Meatballs were only average. 2 of us had the Gnocchi for dinner; one with red sauce the other with a gargonzola. Gnocchi nice and soft although I preferred the red sauce. I ordered sausage, broccoli rabe and penne which was made with sausage from the Italian market - very good. Hanger steak replaced the pork chop for the night and it was fine...nothing special. A nice touch was since there were 4 of us, they added one extra serving to apps and deserts that typically only came with 3. They also kept the grilled bread coming and we always had waters topped off.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Shared the meatballs and artichokes to start and had the spaghetti amatriciana and grilled hanger steak for entrees. More than enough food for two people and we had some to take home. Excellent food, nice service. Will definitely return. FYI it is Cash Only.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing neighborhood gem!
    TheYetiVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    The staff is knowledgable and very attentive. I'd recommend this place to anyone!
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  • They do a great job with food
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    They do a great job with food and service that makes you want to come back and tell all your friends. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    SuerobVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    The only thing that we liked weeper the meatballs. The fish tasted fishy and the red sauce on the bolognese was very spicy. Not what we expected.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seasonal Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The seasonal menu was great, the meatballs were tender and juicy. It is BYOB which is even more awesome. Laid back but the servers were nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food. Great neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Wonderful food. Great neighborhood spot. We will be regulars here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    Food was delicious and service was outstanding. I really love what they have done outside. The flowers and trees really make it a cozy experience when dining outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed
    meme
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Maybe we picked a bad night (it was the weekend of the Italian Festival) they had no special that night, menu is very limited. Most pasta dishes include mushrooms. We had the sausage & peppers and the artichoke appitzers, they wern't bad, but nothing exceptional. None of the entress were appealing, so I opted for the Crab cake appetizer and my husband got the risotto with crab ( which was recommended) the crab cakes were small little rolls that were brown and taste of filler, couldn't find the crab meat, the rissotto was so-so, nothing special. Noise level was extremely loud. We dine out a lot, and would certainly not go back to Nina's.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Restaurant in Philly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    My boyfriend and I go to Nina's for all of our special occasions. The bottom floor is great for romantic dining, while the upstairs can accommodate large groups. Love the BYOB and vegetarian choices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The service was above and beyond exceptional!! The food delicious - a must stop when you are in Philly! Parking was a little tricky but we got lucky and found a spot 1/2 a block away!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, Authentic Italian
    Sunshine2012
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    I've been here a handful of times now - a few times for dinner, one time for brunch - and I have never been disappointed. The ingredients are fresh and high-quality, the recipes are authentic (not to mention absolutely delicious), and the service is very professional. This place has definitely become a Philly favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian Food
    Nini1702
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    I loved the authentic italian food of this place. It is located in the heart if the Italian Market. We ( two girls) shared an appetizer (delicious artichockes) I had spagetthi with a tomata souce, bacon, lighlt spicy because of chilie peppers! Yummy! As dessert we shared an auentic tiramisu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a Groupon for the chef's
    RedHead
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We had a Groupon for the chef's 3 course tasting menu and although the food was good it wasn't remarkable. I've used Groupons/Living social deals for chef's tastings and have been blown away by the variety of food presented. This felt as though they just made what was in the back with nothing too special to add. The first course of salad and meatballs was the best course, but the remaining courses were unimpressive. Dessert consisted of tiramisu that was a little dry and a Nutella Pudding that tasted like a fancy snack pack. I understand the cost aspect of a Groupon but if you’re a new restaurant in town trying to develop a following this was not the way to go.
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  • Great neighborhood gem!
    JillyfromPhillyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    The food was exceptional! Each dish had very distinctive flavors and all were amazing. The service was also fantastic. Our server made us feel that we were being well taken care of and he was there if we needed anything - but we were not rushed at all. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed. We had a very enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Totally enjoyable food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Totally enjoyable food and ambiance.In Philly Italian market. Don't forget to bring your own wine and cash. No credit cards excepted. Would have been nice to look over the menu while waiting for dinner but none was offered with the 3 course.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, authentic food with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Great, authentic food with exceptional service. Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • I loved this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Brunch was very good, my recommendation is to make a reservation, don't just walk-in, and also get there in advance, street parking can be a little hard to do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My parents came into town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    My parents came into town for Easter brunch and we had a great time! Our server was very pleasant and appropriately attentive. We were even surprised by a complimentary apple fritter from the chief with a tasty riccotta cream. The prices were reasonable and the food was incredible! Nutella banana French toast, sausage frittata, gnocci, it was all amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant for both family gatherings as well as intimate brunch or lunch. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We tried the chef's tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We tried the chef's tasting menu using a Groupon. We were really happy with the location, service and ambiance. I would not say it was the best meal I've ever eaten but there were parts we really enjoyed and did not leave there hungry at all. The appetizers were Eggplant parmesan and salad(the salad was actually my favorite part, and of course the bread), the main course was Gnocchi in marinara sauce and rotini in a mushroom sauce. Both very good but I would say the mushroom sauce was better than the marinara. Dessert was pistachio gelato and tiramisu, both were just average. I think this place is on the right track but could use a few teaks to be great.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much truffle oil in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Too much truffle oil in the mushroom risotto and too little crab in the crab risotto
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Excellent food and service! Will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I was impressed by the quality
    MoSko
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    I was impressed by the quality of the food. We did a tasting menu, and everything was delicious. We'll definitely be back for a second time, and extra bonus, it's BYOB.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxed & accommodating Byob
    FilominaVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We were a group of five on a Sat. evening. We had a good dinner, and the servers were very attentive & accommodating to our various requests. There were two gnocchi entrees that I wanted to try, and the server allowed me to order 1/2 orders or each so I could try both. The restaurant itself is quite small so it can get a but noisy with a full house. This was my second time at the restaurant and is a great neighborhood gem. Just keep in mind that it's a cash only restaurant now. Definitely a strong go to restaurant in a pinch. Can't go wrong. Low key & relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent chicken parm with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    Excellent chicken parm with gnocchi, along with the penne mushroom alfredo. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been to Nina's a few
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    I've been to Nina's a few times and have always had an amazing dining experience. The food is incredible, it's very small and a great place for a casual date or day with your girlfriends. My college roommate and I did the three course tasting menu through Groupon on a Sunday night when it wasn't very crowded. I couldn't believe how much food we got for only $35! Her artichokes and my meatballs and sausage were incredible, the garlic mushroom chicken was big enough to feed me the day after and was just as amazing, and we shared tiramisu and nutella mousse that was out of this world good. Our waitress was very nice, attentive and personable. They easily accommodated a request for no shellfish or pork. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a large group (20 people)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We had a large group (20 people) and the service was excellent! They let us bring in our own birthday cake and served it for us. Parking was really tough, but that is all of Philly. Just as a FYI, it's cash only, we weren't expecting that, but made it work!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BYOB, loved the food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    BYOB, loved the food and atmosphere. An excellent choice for vegetarians. My boyfriend is a meat-eater, and he still loved every second of our dinner. The place is small, so the dining room gets cold when the door opens in the winter. That was my only complaint!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint little BYOB Italian
    wozinator
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Quaint little BYOB Italian Restaurant in the heart of the Italian Market. Food & Service were very good. We were seated in the upstairs dinning room, which was away from the kitchen, street & people noise & the front door. I recommend this, if you like a quiet meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went there on Valentine's
    Leeagolf6VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Went there on Valentine's Day and ate off the regular menu. The place was not busy. That should have been our sign to not walk in. The gnocchi, which were highly touted, were heavy nuggets, not light and airy. I had the steak, which was just ok. My wife had the chicken parm; it was just nothing to talk about. Cheese on a pounded, overcooked chicken breast. Kind of like what you might get at Olive Garden. Just nothing special. We skipped dessert. There are many much better choices in Philly.
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  • The soup was amazing, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The soup was amazing, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Heart of the Italian Market
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    What an amazing find, right in the heart of the Italian Market. Wish we would have know the location before we came. We would have left earlier for our reservation to get a good parking spot and to participate in the market experience. The service was quit comfortable and the chef was more than happy to meet our dietary needs. We are participating in weight watchers but were still able to enjoy the tasting menu, just without that extra bit of cheese on top. I was thankful to have a sweater with me it was quite chilly, even away from the door.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall: Nina's is a pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Overall: Nina's is a pretty little place right in the middle of the Italian market, with fresh, good food. :) Food: We used the seasonal tasting menu groupon, and got some yummy artichoke hearts and crispy eggplant for appetizers, a sharp gorgonzola penne dish and a mellower ricotta gnocchi with marinara dish for entrees, and some cannolini and the nutella chocolate budino for dessert, along with cappuccino. Everything was delicious, except (surprisingly) the desserts, which were just okay. Service: Our server was very polite, though a bit slow with water refills and changing courses. Ambience: It was a Sunday night, so there was almost nobody else there. Overall, nice! Probably a great stop for a meal when shopping at the Mark
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    romantic
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