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La Fontana Della Citta

4.3
918 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 875-9990
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Enver Parllaku
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Private party facilities
Business meeting, Birthdays, Weddings & Rehearsal Dinners. Please call for details.
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Private party contact
Arjan or Rafael: (215) 875-9990
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Catering
100 people and up
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
17th Street
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Parking details
Closest parking lot is on 17th and Pine, just a block away. There are also multiple parking lots around the restaurant that you can use to park.
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Special events & promotions
If you're planning an event , and whether it's a small get-together or a large party-you can count on us. If you have an event that you'd like to take place in our restaurant, we'd be more than happy to serve you; we have large party offerings. Our restaurant can accommodate up to 150 people private party. We have 3 dinning room and each of them can occupy up to 300 parties a year. We are the place that will make you vary happy from the starting until the end of the dinner.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 918 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went there with my friend Phil who highly recommend we go there for my birthday. Everything was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, great service, great time.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always the best!! Gnocchi with vodka sauce literally melts in your mouth. It’s magic.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food and service are excellent, but the noise level can be a bit overwhelming.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everyone's meals were delicious, well portioned, and not expensive! My friends and I were all taking bites of each other's dishes. No one had any leftovers, but we were all stuffed!

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I found a hair in my dish.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Fontana maintains an extensive Italian menu augmented with daily specials. Pastas are house-made and prepared to perfection. Lamb, veal, and chicken are offered in a variety of traditional ways. Service is attentive. It's a BYO. And after over 20 visits, we've never been disappointed. Worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The service was great! There was never an empty glass or bread bowl. The food was all amazing! High recommend the linguine with sea food in either the red or white sauce! Will definitely be coming back!

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

reasonable prices for center city phila, make them bring it out HOT! BYOB

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I booked this place for a last minute bday dinner for 6ppl on a Saturday night. We were all running late and the hostess called me 10 min after the reservation to make sure we were still coming. I told her we were all running late and looking for parking and if she could please hold our table and she said of course, that's why I called. I was so grateful, a busy Saturday night and she was so gracious. When we finally arrived there 35 min after our reservation, they led us to our table. The whole restaurant was filled. I was so appreciative. This just marked the beginning of a great dinner. Service was excellent, food was scrumptious. I definitely recommend this place for group dinners! There were 2 parties with birthdays, including ours, and they turned off the lights for everyone to celebrate the birthday ppl. Also, not only was the staff amazing, so were the other patrons. When they left, they gave us their bottles of wine they hadn't opened. Needless to say we all left tipsy and very happy. BYO.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and excellent service.
BYOB is great!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Went there last week for dinner. Very solid Italian restaurant. The sauces were fantastic. The mark for good sauce is that it's not watery, and you could tell they really simmer their sauces and it's the good stuff. It's BYOB. My date had a red sauce pasta dish which was terrific and I had the fettuccini Alfredo which was also excellent. Their desserts were also good. It's a very good restaurant and entrees are mostly up around just under 20 dollars so it's a great value for the quality of food you're getting. Service is nice, it's run by real Italian people and they really care about making the experience good. I will return.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was delicious and presentation beautiful! And top notch service. Great place for any occasion!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

for a Sunday night dinner my girlfriend and i choose this wonderful little gem near rittenhouse square. We brought our own bottle to split over dinner (~2 dollar corkage fee). Fast service and delicious food. I got the arugula salad to start followed by the linguine alla something (had clams mussels calamari and shrimp). Very tasty! My girlfriend had the Caesar salad followed by fettuccini Alfredo. She was pleased with how light and non greasy it was. Finished the night with a canoli and coffee. Couldn't be happier!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We have eaten here before. I love the food and the ambiance is lovely. There were large parties of young women there and it raised the decibal level to extreme. It got worse as time went on and we were happy to leave!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Branzino was delicious

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Me and the wife went there last night we had an excellent meal she had a veal Parmesan and I had that fish special present now very very good way to be friendly quick service if the room here we had dessert and cappuccinos

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was fine, good not great. Mussels sweet, simple and enjoyable. Bolognese was much too dark red South Philly tomato saucy rather than a brown veal and carrot meat sauce. Not very good and much better in South Philly. Langoustino was $50 . Pricey! But I couldn't get past the wine glasses. They had the stumpiest stemmed Libbey barely juice glasses that they were using for wine glasses. I found them unacceptable and not up to the glasses used at other center city BYOB's. Heavy rolled edges and thick stems, ruined my nice wine for me.
Won't be back.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food; busy Saturday night but we felt everyone was celebrating hubby’s birthday! Our favorite byob!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Neighborhood gem--we love this restaurant. The food is delicious and all of the employees are so friendly. They treat us like family. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We had never been to La Fontana before, so we decided to try it for Restaurant Week. Everything about the meal was excellent. While it was clear that they were trying to move customers through, to maximize the seatings that night, we never felt rushed. In fact, the courses came surprisingly quickly, but again it wasn't as if they brought a course before we were finished with the previous course. The RW menu was a terrific value: four courses and lots of selections for each course. I'm not a desserts person, but the tiramisu was one of the very best I've ever had. In particular, the service was really good; friendly and efficient. We will come again and recommend this place to others.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Dinner was delicious. The gnocchi Gorgonzola was fabulous and The cannoli was phenomenal!!!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Went for lunch during Restaurant Week and will definitely be returning frequently. As we’re new to Philly we’re pleased to find a really good Italian restaurant with a nice selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. The mussels as an appetizer were delicious, and I’d highly recommend the tiramisu for dessert.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Loved the pastas. My veal was just okay as was the Caesar salad Muscles good ,dessert great

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

A wonderful meal and service!!!!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Took my two college daughters for lunch and we all had a fine time. Service was outstanding, very attentive. Ambience was noteworthy . Would go back soon.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Four former co-workers went to lunch here during Restaurant Week. The menu was one of the best and most expansive I have seen for the $20 fixed price. Everything was very good. The mussels appetizer and gnocchi gorgonzola pasta main course I had was ample and excellent. The service was great, wait staff attentive and charming. Even though one of our party did not eat dessert, we were still given four desserts and we all relaxed over coffee. The restaurant is in a wonderful location, the whole experience was delightful, and since I made the reservation, my group showered me with praises and thanks, which rightly belongs to the staff and management.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Restaurant Week is not our favorite time to go out for dinner in Center City, because some restaurants do not put out their best menu at this time. But friends from out-of-town wanted to come in that week and try a place they had never been to before. We suggested La Fontana Della Citta, because we eat there often for dinner and love everything about it. This time, however, we ate there for lunch.

Everything about this restaurant is wonderful. The service is absolutely perfect and very friendly without being overbearing. We don't feel at all rushed either.

But it is the food that keeps us coming back. The Restaurant Week menu was more extensive than at other restaurants taking part, with enough appetizer and entree selections to satisfy everyone. One of our party got the seafood soup, one got the caprese salad, and two had the Caesar salad, and everyone loved what they ordered. Two of us had veal parmesan as our entrees, and the only complaint is that it would have been nice to have a bit of pasta or some vegetables as an accompaniment to the perfectly cooked veal. I forgot what our friends ordered as entrees, but after we finished, they both said they thought the food was amazingly good. Dessert were tiramisu, coconut sorbet, and Italian chocolate chip ice cream.

Portions were generous. The noise level was lively, but with the high ceilings to absorb the sound, it wasn't annoying, as it is in many Center City restaurants.

Check out this restaurant the next time you're in Center City. I know you'll love it as much as we do.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Went for restaurant week. The selections for the courses were excellent. Soup, homemade gnocchi and ravioli was delicious. Had the shrimp risotto-delicious. Hats off to Artie our server. Very friendly and attentive. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Outstanding service and great food. The menu for Restaurant Week was perfect.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Love this place!

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

food was fantastic!

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was just ok

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was good. We felt rushed, in and out in under an hour and they dropped the check off without asking if we wanted dessert.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We had heard good and not so good things, but we were headed to the theater, and this seemed an obvious choice. We were greeted/seated in a fairly perfunctory way. I let the maitre'd know it was my wife's birthday, he didn't seem to notice that.

As in other reviews, it seemed as if the staff didn't want to be there. The specials were recited so fast, that we forgot about it and stuck with the menu. For starters we had fried calamari, tasted just fine, but I miss the tentacles. A few places give the whole squid, most don't. The marinara was pretty good.

Luckily, I knew it was a BYOB, so be forewarned.

Our mains were Jekyll and Hyde. My Risotto Pescatore, well, the rice was a poor imitation of risotto, with a soupy watery texture, and not stirred in prep. I'm not a snob, but the rice simply did not come off. The fish were some clams, mussels, and shrimp. Some mussels did not open during cooking, and they smelled a bit funky.

However, to end on a good note, my wife had Veal Scallopini, and was very pleased. It looked good, and I enjoyed my taste.

My wife had a slice of cheesecake and coffee. I'd say we were rushed as they started to get more tables. In fact there's a "Rules and Regulations" list at the top of the menu which specified (among other things) that you better scram after you're eaten!

I think it can be a pretty good place if you stick to basics, and don't expect much in innovation and basic table service. It's a pretty enough place, but needs a new carpet and good cleaning. Still, not bad, but there's no reason to return.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Food and service were both great. Atmosphere was perfect for our little group.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We went on what I imagine is normally a quiet time of the week (Wednesday night). Food was good and the place was quiet which was perfect. We had a good time and appreciate that it is BYOB.

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2.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Three of us went for dinner, and I was completely underwhelmed by the service. My meal was great, but the servers were inattentive, we were rushed through all of the courses despite it being half-empty, and it made the experience disappointing. Normally, I’d be willing to sacrifice poor service for great food, but with all of the other options for great Italian in Philly, I’d recommend one of those. All three of us said we’d never go back.

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3.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Perhaps unfair to rate it on Christmas Day. Very crowded. What I disliked most about it was no accommodation for just a couple. Tables all crowded together. Food was OK but, nothing special. Wait staff was very friendly and efficient.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Dined here for Christmas
Very crowded but the staff was very friendly
The food was delicious
Their tomato sauce was a welcome change
I could taste the sauce and the food
instead of the usual garlic fest

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