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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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
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Good for a Date (15)
Casual (14)
Cozy (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Authentic (12)
Romantic (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Waterfront (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Branzino was delicious

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A wonderful meal and service!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Love this place!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

food was fantastic!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was just ok

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

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 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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 (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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 (Philadelphia)·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 21, 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 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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vip
 (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 24, 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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