La Fontana Della Citta

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1009 reviews
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Jersey Shore pilgrims might be familiar with La Fontana Del Mare ("The Fountain of the Sea"), the award-winning restaurant in Strathmere. Owner Rafael Kupa is excited to bring his most popular dishes to Philly at this new "Fountain of the City," a 100-seat BYOB right off Rittenhouse Square.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Elvis was wonderful and the food was delicious!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice birthday dinner for my bestie! No complaints

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JD
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal!

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome food and service!

would definitely go back

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c
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Restraunt week- Reservation was at 9:15 didnt sit till about 10:15. Poor reservation skills due to a frat party taking up the entire restaurant. Otherwise staff was attentive and food was amazing!

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was grossly over booked with large parties everywhere and clearly not enough food or dining ware to comfortably serve their guests. They booked an entire fraternity that was very loud along with three birthday parties while we were there for restaurant week. They ran out of bread and tiramisu. If you’re going to participate in restaurant week, I recommend that you have enough space and man power to serve your guest s comfortably. The food was also sub par. Overall, it was a very poor experience in comparison to all other restaurant experiences that I have had in Philadelphia.

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N
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A great get together! Food was delicious! Very friendly and warming staff!

Service was very rushed and unappreciated. We only get together twice a year. We would have enjoyed ourselves more if we were relaxed throughout dinner.

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E
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good neighborhood place for Italian food with friends!

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n
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, authentic Italian cuisine, great for lunch or dinner.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and I went to La Fontana Della Citta for Philadelphia's Restaurant Week and it did not disappoint! The food was really good, but the staff made the place. Our waiter was from Italy and could answer all of our questions about Italian cusine, things that are not even on the menu. He was also really funny. It's great too because its BYOB with no corkage fee.

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was hot and delicious. Service was excellent. I wish they served better bread.

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JP
29 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Would not go back.

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CO
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was good, service was bad, but I guess waiters don't like restaurant week. Order the chicken parmesan, which tasted very good but it was not served with spaghetti, which is flaw for me, maybe it was a restaurant week thing.

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R
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! My husband loved the mussels, my salmon was perfect. The tartufo was to die for! Love that it is a byob. I was able to bring champagne as it was a special occassion

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during restaurant week January 2019. We were a party of 11. Everything was excellent!! They had our table ready early!! The room was great and the food was delicious!!! Everyone enjoyed the mean and ambiance!! Not a single complaint!! The tartufo was amazing!!!

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A
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Decided to try the restaurant out due to the great online reviews. We went during Philly Restaurant Week and opted for the set menu. The portions were small as expected but the quality didn't back it up. The food just didn't seem homemade and there was nothing stunning about it. The only positive side is that it is a BYOB and the staff is very friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good service, good pasta!

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our Friday night restaurant week dinner.
Ola was outstanding, so warm, welcoming,helpful,spectacular went above and beyond. Forgot to bring a bottle of wine, she immediately got us some house wine, what a nice touch.
Another server kindly gave us recommendations for our entrees.
We started with the mussels, very good.
My sons girlfriend got the chicken parmigiana, she loved it. I had veal Fontana, so delicious, hubby had salmon, son had another veal dish, oh had all of us enjoyed the samples of pasta,pasta with a spicy sauce,a lobster ravioli, and I am in love with gnocchi.. first time having it.
Desserts where yummy,tiramisu,cheese cake, and a chocolate cake. All delicious.
Will definitely return, highly recommend it, don’t forget byob!!!

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DO
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our restaurant week dinner- exceptional service, food and attention to details. So glad we got to experience this lovely meal.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant!

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Visited during restaurant week. Service was great. Food was OK. Definitely not what I would travel back into the city to experience.

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JE
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went during restaurant week, I received the same level of service that I received upon dining there on other occasions. I am a red gravy fan and I enjoy their thick red sauce, good bread, nice sized portions and good coffee.

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b
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service

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C
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good though a little uneven. Soup wasn't thick or flavorful enough. Entrees, Talipia and Chicken Marsala were well prepared. It's a BYOB, so even at dinner, cost should be modest. Traditional Italian which is rare these days, in a white-table-cloth spacious room. Would eat there again.

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TK
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The service was a bit slow and the restaurant was not crowded. But, for restaurant week, they had a great deal and the food was pretty good. Not amazing, but classic Italian

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DD
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was very cold and I mentioned it twice. Someone put a space heater near one of the tables across from ours. Uncomfortably cold.

I ordered risotto primavera. My experience of risotto is to use Arborio rice and to cook it till it is dense, soft, and creamy. This was crunchy and watery.

I had had good experiences at LaFontana Della CITTA and have even hosted others for dinner there. However this experience was very disappointing.

Additionally, I misplaced my credit card and noticed it upon arriving at the parking garage. I called and was told it wasn’t there. Awhile later, I received a call telling me it had fallen on the floor.

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M
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us tried this place for the first time.Very impressed with the food, we all finished our entrees, veal parm was really good, lobster ravioli had the most amazing vodka sauce, gnocchis were light and fluffy-Gorgonzola cream sauce was fabulous. GET THE CANNOLIS!

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience

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LL
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was one of the only restaurants we could find open for Christmas dinner. They were extremely busy, but very efficient at getting our party in as soon as was possible. The waiters and staff were great, the food was very Italian and tasty and it was a lucky find.

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r
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Did not know we needed to bring our own bottle of wine. Somehow that detail was missed! So Christmas dinner without wine even though we had bottles we could have taken with us!

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S
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas family’s dinner

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P
30 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Christmas dinner. Food and service was excellent.

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p
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Annual Christmas Eve dinner- as usual the food was excellent and the servers attentive. We were disappointed being seated in the basement. The hallways downstairs are pretty beat up and the ambiance spare.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here before, usually doing the holidays. Got here are 4pm on Christmas Eve, and had a table at a window as I had asked for. Our waiter Elvis was outstanding, he was friendly and efficient. He came over many times to chat and see how we were doing and anything we needed. The chicken parmesan we ordered was very good and the chicken was a big piece. All and all we had a good experience.

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k
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved our meal. I had chicken Marsala which was excellent. My partner had the lobster ravioli special also excellent. Generous portions

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MC
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food (great red sauce!) and friendly staff. Always a guaranteed dining pleasure!

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N
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

La Fontana Della Citta is a gem, located as it is near 1812 Delaney St theater. Having to pay only one parking fee after theater and eat in a good restaurant is great. We were a party of four, three enjoyed their menu selection but the forth ordered Chicken Marsala and was disappointed, saying they must have been out of Marsala wine because there was little flavor to the dish and the broccoli was cold.

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MP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice looking restaurant, both inside and out and at a very convenient location just adjacent to the theater district. Our party of 5 arrived early, but our table was ready just the same. Table however was sized only for 4. Moderately priced, the entrees were tasty and well prepared but some of our entrees' portion sizes, main and sides, were a bit too small. The staff was efficient and cordial, but also quick to move us along and out. Not a time or the place to have a relaxed dinner event. As the restaurant filled with patrons, the noise level was so loud that we could not hold a conversation at our table. Some sound absorbing materials, on the walls or floor, would do well to fix this in the back dining room. Overall an acceptable dining place, however lacking in a few details as discussed.

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DM
41 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, as usual. We usually opt for the specials. They were great, as well as the service.

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