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.

1701 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
17th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 875-9990

Website:
http://www.lafontanadellacitta.com/

Catering:
100 people and up

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.

Executive Chef:
Enver Parllaku

Private Party Facilities:
Business meeting, Birthdays, Weddings & Rehearsal Dinners. Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Arjan or Rafael: (215) 875-9990

Additional:
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

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4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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4.3

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (18)
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Good for Birthdays (14)
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Romantic (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Scenic View (3)
Fun (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Another terrific meal. Staff is outstanding. Food is always delicious. Neighborhood gem

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 15, 2017

It was great, we love it here!! Arty is the best :-)

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 (Poconos)·Dined on April 15, 2017

The atmosphere is cozy. The food is exceptional. The wait staff was very attentive and friendly.
I chose the restaurant for its culinary flexibility, Vegan and non restrictive food choices. We were amazed at the choices. We also liked the fact that it is BYOB. The only thing that struck me as odd was the only available times on Open table was for 4pm or 4:15pm. We got there for a 4pm reservation and we were the only people in the restaurant until after 5pm! I would have preferred a later reservation, but there were none to choose from. Overall, I highly recommend La Fontana dell Citta!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Always a great meal excellent service highly recommend this place

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Always great food and good service.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 4, 2017

The food was bland and cold

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Family celebration in the city!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2017

My friends and I visited this restaurant while we were in It Philly for a conference. Being from Boston we didn't know that they had restaurants that were byob. So we were taken by surprise when the waiter asked us if we brought our own wine. But the waiter was very nice he offered to give us complimentary wine from what they had. It wasn't great but it did the job. However the food was immaculate. I had the penne shrimp scampi it was to die for. The food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Also you'll have to try their homemade tiramisu. I'm not someone who ever writes a review especially a review but this restaurant deserves it

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Superb restaurant always a pleasure to dine here- great family that runs it- wonderful ambiance

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Great dining experience can't wait to visit again. Would Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Came to celebrate my mom's birthday. The calamari was light and fresh, our salads were delicious, and everyone ate their ENTIRE dish! The lobster ravioli special was incredible. Great sauces. And BYOB! Definitely will be returning.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Food was excellent!!!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 22, 2017

The food wasn't that good

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Good Italian food in Rittenhouse. The meal was not as expensive as you'd expect, the pasta was perfect and the service was excellent. Even a 10% discount for cash!

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Excellent find on OpenTable. Family loved it. Izzy was great server and food was phenomenal... very tasty. Close to Academy of Music and Kimmel Center. Will go back. Only hope, that they might bring in some better artwork and redecorate slightly... would make a huge improvement and create a more intimate atmosphere. But overlook that for great meal, nice staff and good location.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We have been driving the hour drive and coming here for years but have not been there the last year. Very disappointed. The portions have shrunk and prices went up. The food was mediocre at best. I had capellini with crab. The pasta was over cooked and mushy. The crab tasted like it was out of a can. The desserts were very small and expensive! Very loud - could not hear each other talking. Would not drive an hour and pay 20 dollars for parking to come here any longer. Not worth it.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

My boyfriend and I always come here. It's fantastic and the service was terrific. Food is always consistent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great service, food, and even better desserts.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

My friends and I have been to this restaurant before but it had been a few years. We found the service average, at best. We did not like our waiter; he was indifferent to our needs. The extra staff who fill water glasses, etc., kept skipping our table. I tried to call to them a few times to have my glass refilled but they never seemed to hear me. My food was bland whereas my friend had one of the specials and said it was very good. We also felt rushed at the end; clearly they wanted us to leave to get another group at our table. For what they charge and how they treated us, we all agreed that we would not go back to this restaurant.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Didn't like how the entire table had to go with the preset menu or the entire table had to order from the general menu. That put limits on the experience which I think were unnecessary. We were sat next to a roudy business group at a large table who were clearly out to party it up on the company's card. We could barely hear each other at our table.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Delicious and authentic Italian dinner. The cannoli for dessert was the biggest and most delicious ever!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We both ordered arugula salads and chicken parmigiana which were .delicious. The arugula salad was served with a generous serving of shaved parmigiana cheese.The complimentary wine was lovely. The setting is charming. I loved everything about this restaurant and will return.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We have been to this restaurant and been seated outdoors in the nice weather, and have always enjoyed it. This restaurant week trip was our first time indoors and it did not disappoint. The menu was both inventive and familiar, well prepared and tasty, and the servers were cheerful and attentive. We will be back.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We had dinner here before the kimmel center. Food was very good and service was good as well. The seating is a little cramped. Would definitely revisit. Only a short walk to the show.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Excellent!! The waiter was extremely attentive and pleasant. The portion of chicken parm was huge and so tender. Everything was delicious and fresh! I highly recommend La Fontana Della Citta and another bonus..it is a BYOB!!!

Tags: Cozy, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Food was overpriced for what we got. Wasn't very good either. I was excited to eat here but I would never go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2017

We went to six restaurants during rest week and this was the best. Service was outstanding, the
complimentary wine was a nice touch and the food was excellent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2017

We went for an impromptu date for lunch. Our waiter was great! He was patient while we got wine, did not rush us and gave excellent service. I highly recommend the piccata or chicken parm and the cannoli was amazing! We wound drive the hour to come back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2017

I got together with a few girl friends for a nice dinner at this restaurant. We enjoyed our meal and the ambiance of the restaurant. Service was very attentive and friendly as well!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Love La Fontana but not a fan of back room

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Excellent food, will be going back

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 31, 2017

When the waiter greeted he did not say hello or anything. We could tell something was wrong as if he didn't care that were there. Seemed annoyed at our presence.
Seated us. Walked away. We were the only people in the place at noon.
Came back 10 minutes later. Threw a basket of bread on the table no butter or olive oil.
Said what's your order. We decided that was enough and left. Never to return.
The only reason we put "poor" on the food is because that site makes one pick a star.
We never had any food or drink.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Love this restaurant. One of my favorite byobs, always a fun time and great service.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Great selection for restaurant week!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Everything was execellent from the Italian wedding soup to the veal Fontana

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Went here for restaurant week, and we will be back! Had wonderful bruschetta to start, along with some complimentary house wine (don't forget to BYO!). The trio of pastas is what did it for us - Gorgonzola gnocchi, a blush sauce, and amatriciana sauce - each better than the last. I had chicken picatta as a main course, and it was so good! Best part by far was the cannoli for dessert. Definitely recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was average and they kept trying to clear plates off of our table before we were finished eating the food on the plates. The whole evening was them trying to get us to finish and we were only there for an hour. At this price point, that is rude and completely unwelcoming.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We enjoyed La Fontana during restaurant week with their four course meal. Good time, good food!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2017

This place was amazing! I just wish they served alcohol.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Wonderful place for lunch. The Gorganzola gnocchi was so delicious!

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