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About La Fontana Della Citta
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.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
100 people and up
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.
Private Party Facilities:
Business meeting, Birthdays, Weddings & Rehearsal Dinners. Please call for details.
Private Party Contact:
Arjan or Rafael: (215) 875-9990
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
La Fontana Della Citta Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We went there for Christmas dinner. We had the first reservation and when we arrived there were two tables set. We were sent to the upstairs room where the servers sat around and talked No other patrons were sat there. Ambiance was horrible. I ordere the risotto and it was not cooked still crunchy.
Not a very merry Christmas dinner.
BYOB spot - didn't realize that. Service was OK - was a noticeable amount of time before anyone came to my table. Waiter did provide me with a complimentary glass of wine which was nice. Food was just OK - I had the chicken parm - very very saucy.. The pasta itself was good - cooked perfectly but just way too much sauce for me.
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