Alla Spina
Alla Spina

Alla Spina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.allaspinaphilly.com/
  • Phone: 2156000017x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am



    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 1:00am



    Happy Hour

    Monday - Thursday 4:30-6pm & 10:30-12am
    Friday 4:30-6:30pm



    Brunch on Sundays 10am-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Kate DiPinto 2157630920x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad Street
  • Public Transit: Broad Street line- Spring Garden Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Meter Parking on Broad Street. Free parking on Mount Vernon and Wallace Streets after 6:00 P.M.
A word from Alla Spina
Italian Gastro-Pub with 20 beers on tap and a 50 bottle beer list. Homemade sausages, baked pastas, large roasts and crudo bar selections.
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Alla Spina reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (51)great for outdoor dining (41)vibrant bar scene (36)neighborhood gem (36)good for groups (34)great for brunch (20)hot spot (20)late-night find (17)special occasion (8)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A miss
    MainLineFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Our group had a little bit of everything food-wise. Nothing was as great as I thought it would be, based off of reviews. However, I did enjoy the cocktails, beer, and a couple glasses of wine. The alcoholic beverages are what makes this place such an awesome bar scene. From a service aspect, our waiter Troy was short, walked away as some people were still ordering, and was unnecessarily surly. We're foodies and eat dinner out at least 3x per week and have never encountered a server with such little personality and interest in his craft. I've never had a bad experience at a Vetri restaurant, but I'm compelled to share our experience.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food! Noisy
    Nianqua
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Very noisy --high energy place with great beer and wine and food to match. Don't miss the chocolate taco I loved the pig tails --my friends devoured the pretzels young hip crowd good value for the money
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very underwhelming food
    Nikerjc
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Sat at the table for 15 minutes with no menus and no waitress(it was 6:00 and they weren't busy yet)Fried chicken was dry and over cooked. Sausage cheese steak was greasy and nothing special. Pretzels were good and poutine hardly had any cheese curds. Asked for a Cabernet which was then told they didn't have but would bring something out close to it. What they brought me was fruity and very light bodied. Had to send it back (which I never do). I don't know how this place gets such good reviews. Nice beer selection. I'd go back for drinks.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Philly
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a great time here. The food was great, the service was excellent. The only thing we were disappointed about was that they were out of our first choice for entrees--the pork shoulder for two. They told us to mention it the next time we made a reservation, and they would hold it for us! Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great beer list
    JJFrank
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Service by AleiciaShanti was superb. Great beer list. Fun casual place.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, but terrible service
    2aimemanger
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our second time dining at Alla Spina and we enjoyed the food yet again. However, the service this time around was appalling. Our server had a very robotic way of speaking about the menu and she was downright rude when we had a minor complaint regarding our beer flight. She then proceeded to bring us a wrong glass of wine and leave the cost on the bill. I'm supportive of mistakes, but I cannot tolerate rudeness and annoying affect. I worked in the service industry for years (Danny Meyers restaurants) and this server's approach to service is all wrong. Honestly, it made me never want to go to Alla Spina again.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Alla Spina entertains
    PhilafoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    First time at Alla Spina. The variety of dishes at first seems overwhelming. The perfect waitstaff guide you through with appropriate questions and deep understanding of the dishes. We arrived early which I recommend for conversations. It gets louder and louder every hour after 5p. Taste and inventivenss get high scores. Try the lamb's neck poutine.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch at Alla Spina
    BaltPhillyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This is the 2nd time that we have done Alla Spina for brunch and it is as good as ever. It always surprises me that this place isn't that busy during brunch when not too far away there are 40 people standing outside of Sabrina's but hey if that means I can just stroll in and sit down then that's fine. The one thing that you must get when you go here for brunch is the Donut Misto, housemade donuts that are just way too good. This time we did the Beer Toast, the Breakfast Lasagna, and the Polentu. Everything was outstanding and cooked to perfection. The short rib in the Polentu was so so good. This was yet another great experience at Alla Spina and we will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late night dinner!
    mrstuom
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I have been here twice, once for late brews, once for dinner. The staff appears to enjoy their job, and were very helpful and forthcoming with information about the food and the beers. Great menu, some familiar options with new twists! Affordable for a group, as we shared many appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Johnndishon310
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My wife and i went here after a friend told me about the place, we loved it. Try the beef fat french fries and tbe pork shoulder.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge Disappointment
    CardanisatorVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    All of us were extremely disappointed in the food. It was overpriced and the portions were ridiculous. I don’t expect to end up with two “so-called” gnocchis grossly tasting like cinnamon buns. As for appetizers, we were planning on sharing some charcuterie and cheese platters, but a couple of slices of ham and half a crumb of cheese can hardly be considered a “platter”, maybe a half-sample, at best. Our waiter was not friendly. He even walked away while we were still ordering. He hardly ever came to our table. The only reason why I give this place two stars and not one, is because of the beer selection which if great. oh wait, no, the beer selection doesn't make up for bad service and worse food. Bottom line, I will never ever go back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything but the hoof
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It was my first time here so I wanted to try a little bit of everything and I ordered six dishes and didn't realize until the plates came that I had ordered all pork dishes. Problem? Never. I ate pork cheeks, roasted bone marrow, pig tails, and a little bit of every bit of a pig in the terrine. Absolutely delicious and I have every intention of making a second trip this week. The beer taps are great and I'd like to try the Italian cocktail that they literally have on tap. Great ambiance, very energetic so I don't recommend this for a quiet romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun food
    kendog
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Not the normal menu. Selections were fun and different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointed!
    phk1121VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I was so disappointed in the service and the food. I would never go back again not would I recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost great
    Greyhound99
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Great experience except for my entree. I ordered mussels & clams with sausage & was highly disappointed. The first mussel had a terrible taste & texture. It was slimy & tasted of seawater. The clams were decent but the majority of the dish was mussels, at least 1/3 of which were inedible because they never opened during cooking. I'd say I ate about 1/2 of the entree. Although I never said anything to our server I came close to sending the dish back. The dessert, appetizers, and specialty drinks were excellent. I 'd probably give Alla Spina a second try but certainly would avoid any seafood dish
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We opted to sit at the bar
    AlexBVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We opted to sit at the bar instead of a table. Our bartender was friendly and talkative. The interior here is slightly industrial, but it fits the idea of the restaurant. I love that they can open the garage doors when the weather is appropriate. We ordered the bone marrow and poutine. Our bartender was awesome enough to give us some pork head with blood orange marmalade on toast, his recommendation at a a cure for a hangover. It was delicious. I'm not a huge fan of marrow, but it was a better sample than I've had in the past. The poutine is pretty darn good as well. I've been here a few times before, and I look forward to more visits in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go here if you are interested
    patioVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Go here if you are interested in eating pig parts. All the food was good (didn't try the pig's tail that was "compliments of the chef"), but it wasn't worth schlepping down North Broad Street. We asked twice after the meal for the restaurant to call us a cab. They told us both times just to go to Broad Street and we would easily get a cab. After 10 minutes of trying to find an empty cab, we gave up and ordered a car on Uber. I would go back to Osteria but not Alla Spina.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Jess
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was really good. I got the pretzels, kale salad and the veggie burger and all of it was amazing. The service was very fast. I will go back here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alla Spina
    Danny
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Our first time at Alla Spina. Loved the food and will go back. However, we weren't seated until 8:41 p.m. on an 8 p.m. reservation which wasn't cool. I don't recall ever being seated so late at a Philly restaurant. But we will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly - Very Foodie
    Sufjan89VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We started with some beers we hadn't tried before, and later we were seated at a couch - for dinner! Our waitress wasn't very likable, though, and used a shrill voice to talk over the noise. Service was 3 stars. There are garage style doors that open to the street, and "the game" was on during March Madness. Very cool. We ordered a bunch of weird foodie things, like proscuitto cotto (layered with a creamy sauce and shredded apple) and pig tails (they were prepared like ribs.) Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rich menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Of course Alla spina has an interesting range of brews on tap, but the food is also amazing, heavy on pork and odd bits of the beast, but with lots of other choices. Despite generous portions, we cleaned our plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer and great food
    JMax
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Even though everyone else in my party goes to Alla Spina for the amazing food, I go for the excellent beer selection. The sour beer list is very nice, but there is something there for everybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    My husband and I went for Sunday brunch last week and found the food to be excellent. The French toast was delicious, and the frittata was the best we've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • casual fun, great food & beer list
    lovegoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Fun night at Alla Spina w/my husband. Crowd ranged from families to young adults, dates, groups. Boisterous atmosphere. Food was creative and delicious - celery root & pancetta salad, gnocchi w/pork cheek (more like polenta texture), & shrimp were the standouts. And the Lambic beer milkshake was unique and wonderful! Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet Sunday night. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Quiet Sunday night. Great Beer Selection. Food was underwhelming.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • High ceilings, Modern, Vibrant
    HappyWhenFull
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Loved the space and the donut trio! Couldn't take our eyes off the wall and ceiling murals and the cuchon with knitted booties. Our server Allison was friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to trying other items on the food menu, and the open large garage-door like windows in the Spring, Summer and Autumn.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious, beer selection
    JeffTrexlerVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was delicious, beer selection was vast and it was quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    2dogs2cats
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was wonderful!. The eggplant fritti was the best eggplant I've ever had. We wound up ordering more food than we planned because everything looked so good. The fries were addictive. The beef tenderloin entree was just right. The flavors were bright and the beef was cooked perfectly. The service was terrific. I really liked that we didn't have to wait twenty minutes to pay, but they didn't make us feel rushed to leave. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. I can't wait to go again and again to try everything else on their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love it
    Med2010
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We went there on a whim and completely love it. The ambiance was great. The beer selection on tap was good. The food was absolutely delicious. Our server was awesome, she gave us really good recommendations and we truly enjoyed our food. We had the beer bread with bacon and egg and the French fries for appetizer. I had the duck pasta and my husband the pork ribs. Delicious. Loved the ambiance too. Its fun and hip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale food in a bar/casual
    BobBuke
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Upscale food in a bar/casual atmosphere. Great beer and wine selection. Service was spot on. Food was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French toast worth eating
    Keith
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I came for brunch and was surprised to find a french toast I liked. I usually prefer pancakes but their french toast sounded too good to pass up...and it was. Too often french toast is overly soggy and one dimensional but Alla Spina uses thick pieces of brioche that hold up to its delicious syrup bath. The poutine was also amazing and definitely a solid alternative if you are not looking for a sweet dish. Against my better judgement Iordered the donuts for the table as well. While they would be perfect to pair with one of the lighter entrees, I could not handle to sweet on sweet combination with the french toast (meaning i ate only 2 of the 3 donuts). Overall, the food and service were great. I'll look forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    chickVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Another great meal, food and service were wonderful. The gnocchi are to die for....great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Porker Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We had a great time. The menu certainly is pork-o-centric so if you are a pork-lover this is the place for you. Highlights included the prosciutto cotto and bone-marrow small plates, along with the house special negronis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Focus on the Italian beers
    Beersnob
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Focus on the Italian beers and you will not be disappointed. Food is good too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off the charts !
    Beano
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Best food I have had in months. Sharing is the way to go. Sit at the Chef's counter and if you are a meat eater it is heaven. Must have the stuffed eggs, carpaccio, terrine. I absolutely cannot wait to go back. Negroni's on tap! Amazing! Service was wonderful. Everyone was happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    opentablereviewerVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Came here for a friend's birthday. Service was great but food was disappointing, esp for a Vetri restaurant group -- very heavy, overpowering and lacked subtlety. What should have been a delicious tuscan kale salad was filled with whole peppercorns so that every bite was overwhelmed by the peppercorn; the beer toast with egg and bacon was delicious but could have been from a diner; the pasta dishes were super rich and seemed more like a shepherd's pie; toast on the swordfish BLT was so soaked in butter that it was hard to taste the sandwich contents. Love a great rich meal but what's delicious is when the subtlety of the fats and salts come through -- this felt more like elevated diner food and not in a good way. Wouldn't return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sunday dinner at Alla Spina
    liza
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I used to live in Philadelphia and try to keep up with the restaurant scene. I have read a lot of wonderful things about Marc Vetri and his restaurants and really wanted to try one. My husband, two kids, my brother and his wife headed to Alla Spina for dinner on a Sunday night. The space looked to be a converted garage, but was very warming and welcoming on a cold, snowy evening. Everything we had was amazing, especially the french fries, the pig pot pie, the fish and last but not least, the wine and beers! We are already planning a return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting menu
    akluss
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant. Although it has an industrial feel, the lighting gives it warmth and coziness. We went early in the evening on a Sunday and it was not very crowded, so the noise level was low. The service was excellent, and two minor problems we had (spot on a glass and lukewarm coffee) were fixed quickly and with a smile. The menu is very unusual and interesting with an emphasis on pork. The pig tails lived up to their great reputation and the soft pretzels with dipping sauce were also a standout. The beef tenderloin entree was tasty, but small. The desserts were delicious and big enough to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been here a few times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I've been here a few times for dinner and it's been excellent, but this was my first time trying it for brunch-- I LOVED it!! I highly recommend the polenta dish, the hash poutine, and the sausage and biscuits. Everything was great, and we all had bloody marys which were delicious. I can't wait to head back here for brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was okay…
    Ravi
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    It was average. I've had much better and much worse. More expensive than it needs to be. Good beer list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic