Little Nonna's

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Italian
Little Nonna’s is an Italian-American eatery in Center City’s bustling Midtown Village. Inspired by the “red sauce” family-owned ristorantes of Italian immigrants, Chef Turney offers thoughtful interpretations of homestyle Italian-American dishes with an all-Italian wine list and handcrafted cocktails. The cozy 40-seat restaurant is evocative of an Italian grandmother’s living room, circa 1950, featuring vintage lace in the windows, hanging antique copper pots and an outdoor garden that seats an additional 40 guests.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good meal perfect for before the play. Along with a nice carafe of red wine. It was cozy

H
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Small restaurant, too many tables cramped into a small area. Foods was ok, nothing special. Arrived at the appointed time and were left standing inside the door waiting for a table to become available, the hostess said " it shouldn't be long but could be a while " . No effort made to make the wait less uncomfortable. The food was just ok, and while the waitress was friendly and polite, the check was brought before the main course was finished and without being asked if we wanted desserts. Not overly expensive but by no means value for money.

w
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was excellent. A little cramped but we still really enjoyed our dinner

RJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Stuffed meatballs with polenta was great with bread with"garlic butter". I shared this with my partner and we were both satisfied after. The tiramisu was different. Tasted more like cookies and cream. I like my tiramisu so this isn't the authentic one. Sangria was juice

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff, willing to answer questions. I enjoy the smaller menu because it just means what they do, they do it well. Suggest the wild mushroom arancini - delicious. the lobster fra diavolo was awesome. Nice ambience, small place and at a reasonable price.

CG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

the food was cold and the pasta wasn't cooked correctly

SP
Key West
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The best I can say is that the food was good, not fantastic, but above average, and if everything else had matched up to the food, I might have considered returning and recommending this restaurant. However, the service was pretty terrible. We had multiple waitstaff throughout our meal, a different person taking our order, bringing our drinks, bringing our food (which took an awfully long time to come), and finally bringing the check. And we never did get any bread, despite requesting it, which we shouldn’t have had to do. I’m not a high maintenance diner, and I don’t expect perfection, or anything close to it. I’m usually just happy with the basics and very easy going about mistakes made, but I need to feel like there’s at least an attempt to give good service, and I didn’t get that feeling from Little Nonna’s – which I really wanted to like after reading the many good reviews and having previously not being able to get a reservation when we attended other shows at the Kimmel Center theaters (it was Hamilton this time and I do highly recommend that – it was AWESOME!). I may give Little Nonna’s the benefit of the doubt, assume it was just a bad night and give them another chance, but I’m sorry to say that I just cannot recommend the restaurant based on this visit.

EG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Smaller menu but everything was very well prepared and delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing
Good food
Good drink
Will come again

JA
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Loved this restaurant last year, not so much this time. We were stuck in a back, covered outdoor area. And we noticed mice. When I mentioned it upon leaving, the woman in the kitchen said that she knew. My water glass was broken with a sharp edge. Just disappointed this time.

L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The courtyard seating is beautiful, i'm really glad I sat out there. The pasta was so good and perfectly cooked. However, my waiter didn't introduce himself and was super curt, antipasto special had only one type of cheese, very 'American' style meatballs (they're huge, dense, and stuffed with cheese), the Sunday Gravy was nothing to write home about. I'm sad I chose this restaurant to celebrate my anniversary at and I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

HR
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Timing with our reservation put us in the front window table! A great evening and meal while visiting Philadelphia.

JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely delicious food; every plate we ordered was wiped clean. Terrific pre-theater dinner.

R
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Love the wine offering by carafe.
Service was curt and not welcoming.
Of course the food was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful scenery and the food was amazing. Perfect for a date night

TT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very cute little Italian place. Great for date night.

DK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Pros: charming patio, food tasted good. Good sauce. Runner from kitchen was sweet and helpful. Hostess was very nice.

Cons: $19 for a small plate of gnocchi. Not impressed. $2 for literally two pieces of bread cut in half. That’s a rip off. Our server had a very unwelcoming demeanor and a fiercely unfriendly scowl the whole time with our table and others as well. Better for the restaurant to not have her there. Bad face for the company. There were times where I was lip reading what my husband was saying because I could not hear him.

DG
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful

PW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Fun spot. Great service. Eggplant parmigiana was delicious. Spaghetti was so-so although sauce and meatballs were better.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Great atmosphere and even better meal. Great value!

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Little Nona’s has an upscale rustic vibe. The food was delicious. It is a wonderful place to go with family and friends. I highly recommend visiting. The Gnocchi was delicious as was the chicken! The salads are a must!

MM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The appetizer was so small. I thought it was bread they put out on all tables. The meatballs were so so. The waitress was efficient but not friendly!!!

MP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were seated promptly upon arrival. server was able to answer the questions we had about several of the items on the menu. noise level relatively low allowing us to converse. all of this combined made our evening an enjoyable experience.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Nonna’s was a wonderful experience from the time we walked in. Our table was ready and our orders were taken quickly and efficiently, the atmosphere is so warm and inviting. Our meal was delicious and the dessert was also. I would go back in a heartbeat.

CK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The garden patio was delightful. Staff very attentive, and the food was superb. Really comfortable and lovely place.

S
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a few days in Philadelphia and a bar man recommended Little Nonna’s to Us. What a lovely little restaurant with proper home Italian food.
All we ate was delicious and plenty full.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and ambiance was perfect.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. I eat out a lot, with friends, family, and colleagues so I know the value of good service. I also eat at all of Chef Marcie’s restaurants and love them all except this one. The waitress was cold and dismissive. The food was just ok. One of our meals was cold. The garlic bread chewy. And this happened on our first visit to the restaurant but I thought I would give it another shot. Not again. There are a lot of great Italian restaurants in the city, avoid this one.

DJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the theater and needed a place to eat after the show. We chose Little Nona’s based on distance from the theater and the menu. It was an excellent choice. Everything about Little Nonna’s was perfect.

AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We originally had reservations for 9:15pm Saturday night, however last minute I was forced to change my plans which put me in the area of Little Nonna's around 6:15pm. I walked @ 6:15pm not expecting to get a table until my reservation time however after I explained my plans had changed to the hostess they were able to accommodate my Fiance and I with no problems. The hostess was great and more than willing to help us.

The food was very good, especially their homemade meatballs. If you're looking for a low key home style Italian meal this is the restaurant to go to. I would definitely be returning again.

D
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small well laid out space with excellent food and service. Highly recommended!

MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We had lunch at Little Nonnas before a performance. The food was very well prepared and tasty, and the lemon cheesecake was excellent. The service was prompt and the staff very polite. However, we found the restaurant a bit dark and grubby. Also the noise of the kitchen was very intrusive, plates banging and general noise level. At times I felt that I was in the middle of the kitchen instead of enjoying a lunch in a restaurant. Surroundings do matter despite the excellence of the food. I would not recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Meatballs amazing!

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BVP meatballs and the rigatoni- best dishes on the menu!

JD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a lovely experience. The food was fantastic, particularly the tiramisu. The service was very good and I definitely would return if the chance arises.

TY
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The meatball and seafood barbecue was amazing, and all the other dishes were served with great portion. Overall great value option if you are attending the restaurant week.

NG
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a window seat which was nice. The service was great, and the food was good - a bit on the salty side - but good nonetheless.

OT
Tallahassee
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant week menu, so excellent value. The complimentary toasted bread, olives and ricotta was excellent. My husband didnt like their version of caesar salad, too much radicchio and anchovy, nor did he like the lack of salt and pepper on the table. The brussel sprout salad was light and delicious. The lemon chicken was simple and yummy, the gnocchi was light with nice accompaniments, especially the mushrooms. Neither dessert bowled us over, the pistachio cannoli were gritty and blah and the tiramisu just ok. The service was lacking. It took way too long between courses. After our meals were served, I waited 8 minutes to inform a server I needed a fork, as my food got cold...many servers walked by but just ignored our flailing arms and shouts of excuse me. I finally squeezed myself through the tight space between tables and retrieved a fork from an empty table. The garden room was only half to 2/3 full the entire 2 hours we were there. The time elapsed between courses was overly long, our waiter disappeared from the room for extensive periods. Also, we prefer a friendlier server, just a tiny bit of personality, ours was quite diffident, aloof and unengaging. We were a bit concerned for our safety in the garden room, there was no exit sign and the only way out, the way we came in, was a very narrow, damp passageway by the kitchen. I dont think we could have escaped burning to a crisp if there was a kitchen fire. Honestly, we spent half the meal wondering what our escape plan might be. We have thoroughly enjoyed all the other Starr properties we've frequented this week. This one was lacking, but we were told by locals its the best.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and the food was amazing. More of an introduction of the menu and how they expect us to order for the three courses (all at once? all drinks at once?) would’ve helped.

NJ
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal with good service.

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