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.
If you're looking for your Sunday Italian dinner, this is your place to go. Brigantessa elevates the Italian, being both creative and classic in their recipes, from their Briganti Hat pasta (yes, they look like hats!) with lamb ragu to the eggplant meatballs (they are AMAZING) to their Stella Pizza (with hidden ricotta in the dough).
Food was good but pasta portions were small for the price (did see other tables order pizza it looked tasty). Service was fair. We were not greeted by the hostess and had to wait 5 minutes as well as waitress did not greet us or get us drinks for an additional 10 minutes and the restaurant was not busy. Will say, the food runner was polite and friendly. Although the food was good, due to the service experience and the small portion sizes, we will most likely not return any time soon.
Brigantessa never disappoints! We stopped in Brigantessa before the Cher concert at Wells Fargo. We let them know of our tight time frame and they were very accommodating. Outstanding food selections were the brussel sprouts and the arancini with sausage. The nuts and olives are plentiful and so affordable! We order two pizzas for the three of us and we had plenty to take home for another day.
Very mediocre. We tried a number of things and none were excellent and most were pretty mediocre. The reviews sounded better than our meal actually was. The waitress was nice. The restaurant was quiet because it was almost empty.
Couldn’t believe we were the only people there for lunch on a Sunday. We had pizzas. pasta and the egg brunch dish and all the food was delicious. Also found my new favorite cocktail in La Brigantessa.
Either service was a bit slow or they like giving you more time than you need to look over the menu and decide but everything else was good
I had heard about the outstanding pizza here and read multiple reviews about it being some of the best pizza in the city. I was not really impressed I just felt as though I was eating a run of the mill pizza at an average restaurant, we ate the standard margarita and the Stella pizza and was underwhelmed, not much flavor, was just a pizza and nothing more. I was disappointed in the food reviews leading me to believe it to be some of the best in the city. Will not go back unless someone else is paying for a small, overpriced and bland pizza.
Service staff was the only bright spot.
Had to wait for table but they comped some food in exchange.
This place we fine. Nothing terrible but also nothing really stood out as memorable. In a city with no shortage of delicious eatery’s this one would not be a priority to revisit. This is not meant to seem like a bad review- it’s not. The brussel sprouts where the best thing we ate. The service was great, even on a busy Saturday our server was warm and helpful.
Food was good but not great. Orecchiette was very salty and tepid in temperature. The noise level made it difficult to talk during dinner.
First time there and it was worth it. The burrata was fab, the brussel sprouts were more fab, and the pizza (we got the Stella) was brick oven perfect. Service was as it should be. Bottom line? Go!
Fantastic staff, great food. Upscale casual. Love this place!
Good wine, good service good food get the hats.
The Chef provided us with a variety of dishes for our table. Each was fantastic! Drinks were great too. And the service crew was attentive but not intrusive. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Cozy neighborhood Italian restaurant with solid pasta and pizza menu.
First time there, although the menu was limited, everything was amazing. Great for a casual dinner with friends.
Good experience Lil pricey
The food was exceptional, and the service excellent. I will note, however, that after we were sitting at our table for approximately an hour and a half or two hours the host/person doing the seating not so subtly sent the signal that we may have overstayed our welcome by asking for the attached table so he could seat other people at that location! Overall the place receives an A+ and the highest of recommendations, however, maybe be a little more conspicuous in the future!
great pizza. clean. intimate quiet bar. great place for a first date.
We've never had a bad meal here. Get the burrata, then a pizza - just pick one.
It is a great weeknight dining place where you can share a salad, pizza and get two desserts. They also have a really nice drink menu.
This is a tiny place on Passyunk Avenue in South PHiladelphia. We went during Restaurant week to try it out. Food was really tasty and good. Service was pretty good too. I would go back here. Everyone raves about their pizza, but I am not a pizza girl. I got the pasta and loved it.
Incredible food. I would eat the fried Brussel sprouts for the rest of my life and still not be tired of them. Pizza and gnocchi where also delicious. Great spot with great feeling and wonderful service!
Glad I went with my wife, food was great, staff was friendly. I'd go back.
Great food, we had great service. It's a little loud but great for casual friends/couples night out
Lovely meal and evening at Brigantessa. We shard a salad, bottle of wine, and two pasta entrees. Everything was delicious, appropriate portions, and great service. Only minor complaint is closeness to other diners (small 2-top right next to another 2-top), but overall, a great meal for very reasonable price. Definitely on our list of go-to’s!
Nice local neighborhood restaurant. We stopped in for some pizza and wine before heading to the Sixers game. Definitely worth a visit.
Absolutely fantastic! The Gnocchi is AMAZING! Best pizza crust I’ve ever tasted! Service was friendly and quick! A must visit!!!
Service was very slow but it is restaurant week so they were busy. Food was very good and dessert was excellent, especially the cannoli and the chocolate Budino
The food was very good, however we waited for a solid 15 minutes after being seated for our waiter and it wasn't even busy. Didn't love that.
We came during Passyunk restaurant week and had a great time! What a cute little Italian restaurant. Servings were on the larger side but DELICIOUS! Quality food for a very affordable price. Our server, Joseph, was fantastic! He was welcoming and always available and so helpful. We had a reservation at 5pm and arrived a few minutes early, before they were technically "open." However, the staff engaged with us while we waited to be seated. Overall, incredible experience!
Food was great though they were swamped for restaurant week so didn’t have a few items and longer wait times.
A great place for a nice dinner. Stopped during restaurant week but have been there before. Always a great time.
Brigantessa's restaurant week menu was full of bright, contrasting flavors, and unique twists on comfort cuisine. Strongly considering booking another dinner before the end of the deal!
Moved to Philadelphia 6 months ago and have been indulging in as many restaurants as possible since living here. I tried Brigantessa during my first East Passyunk restaurant week experience and am so glad that I did. Brigantessa is the best pizza and italian food I’ve had in the city so far. It is going to be hard to beat or even meet the quality, freshness, and authenticity of their delicious food! Can’t wait to go back.
Authentic southern Italian food and feel. The pizza is some of the best pizza in Philadelphia.
This was a return visit and it was as good as previous visits. The Brussels sprouts appetizer is as good as anywhere in Philly. The pizzas are great and the service was informative and friendly.
It was a nice place to go for date night! Pizza was good and interesting but I’ve had better for the price of it all.
I have eaten here 6-8 times. It is mostly pasta or pizza. The pasta portions are always very small so be prepared to order apps and desert. The pizza is good but trendy which means no marinara sauce on most of them. Noise level is very high so not a great place for early dates.
Overall, we had a great experience. If you want a quieter evening, go during the week. We went on a Friday. The place was packed and loud. This also led to slower service. Not bad service, just slower, which I guess is expected when it's crowded. My pasta was luke warm but it was still good. Overall, I really like Brigantessa.