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Brigantessa - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
702 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
In Philadelphia, the taste and tradition of Italy is brought to guests of Brigantessa from the pizza masters of Napoli to the seafood-centric Puglia. The center of the restaurant is a large brick oven created by Italian craftsmen and from which nearly all the dishes at Brigantessa are cooked. The welcoming servers, the warm atmosphere and the unpretentious food create an excellent dining experience.



The pizza Napolitano, created in 1889, made of basil, tomato and fresh mozzarella is representative of the red, white and green Italian flag. Brigantessa creates the pizza Napolitano with the same precision and affection for pizza greatness as those Italian ancestors who created it. Other menu items include antipasti, and two course options such as gnocchi or lasagna with braised goat or grilled swordfish.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 318-7341

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Steven Voegele

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at brigantessagm@gmail.com for all private event inquiries.

  • Neighborhood

    East Passyunk Avenue

  • Cross street

    Greenwich

  • Parking details

    Street parking are available.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 702 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. SM

    StevenM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Brigantessa and the food was wonderful. This a must go restaurant in Philadelphia. Thank you thank you thank you!
  2. WS

    WilliamS

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Our 3rd visit, this time they just phoned it in .Plates arrived lukewarm, octopus and burrata good, pizzas ok, little hat pasta stodgy, Ragu congealed and tasteless. Disappointing.

    Brigantessa - Permanently ClosedResponded on December 28, 2019This is Francis Cratil Cretarola, one of the owners of the restaurant. Did you report your disappointment to your server or the manager? I ask because your complaints did not appear in the end of day report, which is part of our routine. We would have wanted to address your displeasure in the moment. Though we are nearly at the end of our run (the business has been sold), it is still important to us to deliver a quality experience. Thank you for your previous patronage.

  3. EM

    EmilyM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Not what it was a few years ago. The service was off— waited a long time for the hostess to greet us, for drink orders to be taken, for dinner order to be taken, for dessert order to be taken. Simple meal with a friend was over 2 1/4 hours. Appetizer arrived after the entrees— comped but still strange. Food was pretty good but not like I remembered. This used to be my go-to place in the neighborhood but I don’t think it will be anymore.
  4. c

    cwnarberth

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    So, it's not easy to get there (unless you are already in South Philly) and when you walk in, the ambiance is underwhelming, kind of generic neighborhood bar. But, the food is amazing. We started with the octopus which had a great grill char, a delicious sauce and a radicchio salad. The little "hats," spinach pasta with lamb ragu was perfect. The hats hold the sauce which is really good--subtle but rich and flavorful. The pizza is super thin crust. Ours had great pork sausage, fresh basil, light sauce and these ridiculous pizza dough balls filled with ricotta. My son couldn't stop eating it--and we ordered an extra one to take with us. The service was friendly, informal and nicely paced. Definitely worth the effort to get there--and find a parking space.
  5. JS

    JimS

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a tasty, casual meal with friends we hadn't seen in too long. Brigantessa is made for such experiences!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. I came here with my friends for dinner. Great presentation and services
  7. RH

    RileyH

    Boise

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great happy hour pricing and timing. Would be a tad expensive for what you get if it wasn't during happy hour. Great food and drinks though. Cute little place on Passayunk.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great spot for happy hour
  9. LS

    LSCW

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant. Great neighborhood spot. Nice for dates. Cozy, sophisticated. Good food.
  10. a

    allytringali

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I come here all the time with my boyfriend or family. Top 10 fav restaurants
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Meh. Meatballs were overcooked, pizza was a bit burnt. So so service.
  12. K

    Kermitsmom

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    It took 45 minutes to get a glass of water
  13. BF

    BucksFoodie

    Philadelphia

    210 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    The food carries the place — all courses were very good. What the pasta courses lack in portion size they make up for in quality. The desserts excelled. The place is not that efficiently constructed — kitchen and bar are downstairs, and most diners sit upstairs. That means that drinks and food need to be ferried upstairs, and the restaurant could use more staff. The servers they have are pleasant, but they did not have the time to be all that attentive. Overall, a good experience and we will go back.
  14. JM

    JosephM

    Atlantic City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. Everything was excellent. Best arancini I ever had. Great place, was our first time there. Will be back soon.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with friends from Australia!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always Delish!
  17. SB

    SylvieB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Everything that wasn’t pizza was delicious, in particular the black garlic gnocchi. Simple tasty fare in a low key setting
  18. JK

    JasonK

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The pizza was excellent. We went for dinner, but sat at a high top in the bar area. To our surprise, we were able to take advantage of the happy hour specials which were an excellent deal. $6 house wines, $8 basic pizzas. Well be back!
  19. D

    Debbie

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delicious meal with great service. One of our favorites in East Passyunk.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food and wine. Loved the chill / no frills / no pressure vibe downstairs!
  21. l

    lrm2014

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I feel like maybe something happened to cause everything to break down. Unfortunately no one said anything so we were frustrated with the wait for food only to get dishes that seemed rushed and over cooked. I’m disappointed i chose this place for my birthday dinner.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Food was excellent! Short staffed so service was really bad. Waitress was very apologetic but ruined our night
  23. M

    Mike

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Best brussel sprouts I ever had ! Pasta dishes are top notch ! Would like if they had a Cabernet or Zinfandel on the wines list ! Otherwise 5 stars
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great. Coming back
  25. CC

    CourtneyC

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was delicious, out quickly, and full of flavor! Our waiter Sean was a delight.
  26. a

    amiandai

    Philadelphia

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a great dinner.
  27. LV

    LynnV

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    On our very first impression, we were seated by a woman who was dressed as if she was cleaning her house. Her sneakers were filthy. Our food was taken to our table by a woman who was very rude. However our waitress was fantastic and the food was excellent. We would definitely go back but highly suggest that the front of the house staff be retrained.
  28. M

    Mike

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here and sat at high top next to street! Great pasta as usual and the best Brussel sprouts I ever had ! With the Calabrian Chile ! I can taste it now ! I’ll be back!
  29. GH

    GlassHarmonica

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted to bring our visiting California friends to a great Philadelphia restaurant in a real neighborhood. Brigantessa made Philly shine! The pizza was out of this world and our friends said the Brussels sprouts were the best they’ve ever had. Nice wine selection, too!
  30. CL

    CaroleL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early dinner before we headed to Citizens Bank Park for a baseball game. Waitress Katie was great and the food was delicious.
  31. MP

    MarkP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    2nd visit to the restaurant. Pizza & entrees arrived before appetizers. Great waiter who recommended drinks and entrees. Extremely noisy. Deserts were above average. 3 out of 4 pizzas ordered were just average .
  32. RD

    RoDa

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Casual setting with excellent pizza- seriously this stuff is good. Wait staff was friendly, accommodating and helpful.
  33. DG

    DavidG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best spots in the city. Pizza is incredible. Try the brussel sprouts.
  34. c

    cg16

    Philadelphia

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wish that the portion sizes were a little larger for the price paid, but the food was delicious and the service was great.
  35. RG

    RichG

    Miami

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was just great! Every dish was delicious and creative. Service impeccable. One of the best in Philadelphia.
  36. KM

    KevinM

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Grab a seat at the counter, wood fired pizza oven at the ready. Strike up a conversation with the pizzaioli as they make your pizza. Takes about 2 mins tops to bake. Also able to whip up a tasty bowl of bucatini and fresh tomato sauce for one of my kids. So good!
  37. CL

    CatherineL

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great spot Inn south Philly with awesome food and service. Would totally recommend to others!!
  38. T

    Tina

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful atmosphere, low-key but with delicious food! From the olive oil bread onward!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved it! Music was a little to loud.
  40. S

    Suzanne

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Lively atmosphere good for conversation. Small plates are fun to share and try an assortment of dishes. Pastas are delicious and flavorful.

FAQs

Brigantessa - Permanently Closed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 318-7341.

Brigantessa - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 702 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Greenwich

  • Neighborhood

    East Passyunk Avenue

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking are available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Steven Voegele

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (267) 318-7341

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at brigantessagm@gmail.com for all private event inquiries.

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