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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (20)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Good for a Date (16)
Authentic (14)
Casual (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Romantic (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Cozy (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Business Meals (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Waterfront (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

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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·Dined on January 15, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

food was fantastic!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Truly enjoyable Christmas Day dining experience. We plan to make LaFontana our go to Christmas dining destination

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Was excellent except for except for two things. First it’s a BYOB restaurant yet I can’t find anything on their website saying that’s the case. Second, the bread was not as fresh. Minor but for these two things to was a wonderful dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Delicious food and good service with friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food and service are good but it seems to take forever to be seated. I think this is because the restaurant constantly over-books reservations to maximize capacity, which results in frustratingly long wait times.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great restaurant, great food, great service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great restaurant

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

First time I tried it very good me and the wife loved it very much food was excellent everything was perfect

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

BYOB. Waiter offered wine for free. Veal is awesome.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Best Italian food in the city! The staff is the best and makes you feel like family. We will be back again soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Special thanks to Ari our wait staff, but all staff are warm, funny and welcoming.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great byob in Rittenhouse Square. Staff is friendly and attentive, the menu is excellent, food is very good and large entree portions.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The dining room was comfortable and relaxing. The wait staff was accommodating and even offered us a complimentary glass of wine. The pasta dishes were delicious and served extremely hot. Desserts were scrumptious.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Knew nothing about this place, it was just a random pick near an event we were attending. Pleasantly surprised for sure. Good food, attentive staff, reasonable price. The only downside is that it’s that they have maybe more tables than the space should have, a bit packed in. But we will definitely go back!

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent Italian restaurant - I will definitely visit again when I am in Philadelphia.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is my second visit to La Fontana Della Citta and I look forward to my next visit. The staff are professional and friendly, the food is wonderful, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Both times the food was delicious. This restaurant is my Rittenhouse Gem.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Healthy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went for my boyfriends birthday and they were incredibly accommodating and nice. Overall wonderful experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

At the last minute we made plans to meet our friends for dinner before going to a show at the Interact Theater. It was easy to get a reservation here. The food was simply prepared and very good. No pyrotechnics here - just tasty and traditional red italian food. Very good acoustics - the four of us had no difficulty having intimate conversation. Fresh house salads, eggplant parm, spaghetti caprese, branzino and puttanesca were all enjoyable. We loved the lemon cake for dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I picked restaurant because i like to try new places and the menu had a lot of creative pasta and seafood options. The food did not disappoint. The garden salad was fresh and portion was good. My entree was terrific blackened salmon with garlic spinach was very appetizing. We sat outdoors and location was quiet and peaceful great location in Center City. Staff was kind and attentive. Only negative thing i would mention is i indicated it was my birthday on reservation and restaurant ignored it.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We came here for a reunion of some friends. We chose the banquet menu, a three course deal that is a great value, especially when you consider we could BYOB. They gave us a table in the back and we were the only ones seated there, which made for a nice quiet evening for our group.
Service was exceptional as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and service!
Fair priced and warm and fun

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Never has let us down. They have a sizable menu; however, we normally choose the specials which are always very good. The service is very good and friendly, and they never try to rush you. The price of the food and the byob aspect make it a great value.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

This place was wonderful. They catered to a large party of eight last minute and treated us respectfully and genuinely. Everyone was very kind and the atmosphere was warm, cozy and authentic

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was excellent. However, we had a reservation at 8:30 and we weren't seated until 9:15.

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