For elevated, authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of Philadelphia, head to Le Castagne and enjoy the beautiful food and equally pleasing atmosphere. Le Castagne has a wonderful selection of inventive appetizers, but one of the top choices must be the salumi e assagi vari, an artisanal meat platter with pickles, artichokes, crostini and pate. Delectable entrée specialties include the pollo contadino, Amish chicken with pumpkin, mushrooms and Brussel sprouts, the slow-braised lamb timballo d’agnello brasato on garlic crostini topped with a poached egg and the short rib costole corto, with pistachios and root veggies. Choices also include the gnocchi al tartufo bianco in a truffle cream sauce, the veal ravioli ripieni di vitello and the pappardelle alla Bolognese with beef, veal and pork.
Add to the charm of your meal at Le Castagne with a fine glass of wine.
Food and wine are great just difficult to have wait staff pay attention to you. Short staffed we were told.
The staff is friendly and they have a very nice assortment of wines. The food is fresh and very tasty. It is a must for the Philly resident and great place to experience if from out of town. I will be back and highly recommend to my friends.
We had a lovely "restaurant week" meal choosing the salmon and veal cutlet as our main courses. The service was friendly and their suggestions were helpful. The drinks were as delicious as the food- Manhattan on the rocks (my husband is very picky and he was very pleased) and Cosmo. We look forward to going back for Happy Hour at the bar which appears to be a fun time.
Went for restaurant week dinner. Pasta and my chicken entree were both outstanding; the desert was average. The portions were on the smaller side. Service was professional and attentive. Its a small space, but well done. Overall, really enjoyed our meal.
Visited during restaurant week. Food was tasty and service was very good. I would go again.
Both variants if the gnocchi were good and very good portion sizes when ordered as appetizers.
Le Castagne is an excellent choice for a business or casual lunch in its neighborhood. While the menu is small, the food is always prepared well, and the kitchen is flexible with special needs (such as adding a fish dish from the dinner menu to lunch time)
I know many people that really enjoy Le Castagne, but I wasn't impressed. Our server was very professional but cool, and hesitated to make any recommendations from the menu, saying that "everything is excellent." I guess from her perspective, better to be diplomatic than helpful. But contrary to her declaration, everything wasn't excellent. I had the crudo, which was tasty but not in any way inventive, and then the Dover sole, which was slightly overcooked. The sole came with *cold* mashed potatoes and a side of flavorless string beans. I can't imagine ever going back to Le Castagne when there are so many terrific restaurants in town.
A great and attentive preserver of regional Italian cuisine. Stick to meat and fish, sometimes exquisite in preparation. Beautiful presentation and fine deserts.
The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very nice.
Staff was very friendly, great atmosphere and food was outstanding! Dover sole special was delicious & presentation was entertaining. Gnocchi melts in your mouth--superb!
This was our first time to this lovely restaurant. It was a Xmas party for old friends and it was the perfect place to enjy food, take our time and have some good wine and food.
Consistently excellent italian cuisine. Service was professional and welcoming, as always. One of my favorite restaurants in the city.
We come to Le Castagne every year in November for dinner the night before I run the Philadelphia Marathon. It has become a tradition/superstition. The food is very good, the service is very attentive, and the cost is quite reasonable.
They were very accommodating to our children. Menu was slightly limited. The ambiance was nice however it was very drafty near the front door. Would visit again.
Nothing about Le Castagne stands out, leaves an impression, nor sets it apart from any other Italian restaurant in Center City. It's not bad by any means, but nothing special either.
Very poor service during this visit. When we asked for non alcoholic drinks no options were offered. Very limited vegetarian options and none were proactively offered either.
We were never once visited by the server after the initial order - no check ins during our meal to see if we needed anything.
Also we were waiting for 20 min after we finished main course before we saw her to order dessert - so we skipped it. No apologies from the waitress after we pointed this delay out. The response was - "I am sorry you feel that way" as if it was our fault to feel dissatisfied. All in all pathetic service.
We were seated promptly, a little ahead of our reservation time. We were served bread with a delicious tomato pesto. Our food came out delicious and well presented. We had a variety of choices of wine and beer as well. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. He seemed knowledgeable about the good when my husband had questions from the menu.
Downtown restaurants that have an open table on a Saturday night when you've waited till Friday morning to make the reservation can make you nervous. But any night you're dining out you'lll be happy to have done so at La Castagne. Our Saturday night dinner there was delightful and in every way.
Service is warm as well as gracious and the food is finely done offering both classic dishes and some adventurous choices. There's even parking right next door.
There's no good reason this fine restaurant was not fully booked on a Saturday night but there's every good reason to dine there any day or night - you won't be disappointed.
Well, how to summarize the experience. It took five minutes of waiting just for somebody to get interested in us waiting at front desk. It took some time to clean the table. I had to find waiter after waiting for 10 minutes. This is Italian place but we had to ask for bread. Some of the staff were more interested in dating than customers. Food was mediocore.