Little Nonna's

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$30 and under
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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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the lobster fra diavolo and the sunday meat sauce. the pasta was perfect with both. I also recommend the garlic bread, which came with a head of elastic garlic on the side. Will definitely come back!

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G
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was overthought and a bit pretentious for my taste. Italian food should be simple, uncomplicated. The quality of the ingredients used in the dishes we ordered was undeniable, but the flavor combinations were just a little too complex. That said the meatballs were delicious, but not worth the price of everything else we ordered that we didn’t care for.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service absolutely perfect.

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Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Little Nona’s is the perfect neighborhood place. Food and service are consistently good, we are always warmly welcomed. Prices are reasonable. We go here often and have always enjoyed it.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gnocchi was amazing and my husband had Sunday Gravy and was in heaven!

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SA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!!! Highly recommend 👍

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our party of 4 were seated in the back room immediately upon arrival on a Tuesday after making a reservation thru Open Table. The service was prompt and the food was really delicious. My husband claims the spaghetti and meatballs were the best he ever had.

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CA
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service! Little Nonna’s has THE BEST rigatoni with vodka sauce. Pasta is cooked perfectly, and the vodka sauce is amazing.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food! The pasta was too cooked for my opinion, the meatballs are great and the presentation of the plates are made with a lot of love. Will come back. Wish the music was more Italian and they don’t make espressos.

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

Amazing food and very nice service.

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SI
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Just walking in reminded me of walking into my grandmother’s kitchen. The outdoor dining area was a little secret hideaway. Our service was excellent and the food was so close to home! Can’t wait to go again!

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GM
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Expected an experience geared towards finer food and presentation. This reminded me of a blue plate special type restaurant. Menu is limited yet my branzino came to me just warm and over cooked. My wife had the spaghetti and meatballs which was nothing like my grandmothers . I felt I was dining in an assembly line cooking experience. Should be named Nonna’s cafeteria.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Outside garden is nice but because it’s covered there are large fans and they cause a ton of noise. It was hard for us to hear one another and didn’t create a welcoming environment. Also the fact that the whole restaurant has one bathroom was an issue. Expect a more elegant experience from them and will stick to their other restaurants.

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B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thought food was good but thought it was very expensive for some of the small plates. Service was great!

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AS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. The atmosphere was very nice and great service.

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JL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good, service was good, nice place overall. Would recommend it.

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AO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite Italian in town. Cozy great food, good drinks too

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Every thing we had was delicious, very good portions of food. The meatballs were incredible. Sorry we didn’t have time for desert had a show. Will definitely be back.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a birthday dinner and loved it. Very good Italian American food. We want to come back for gravy night!!

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JB
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my third visit to Little Nonna's, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. The noise level was a little daunting--it made conversation somewhat difficult--but the food was excellent, and the portions were very generous. Everyone in our party enjoyed it.

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BN
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service. Love the outdoor seating area. Last time we were there sat inside. Kudos to the hostess for accommodating us

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S
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We love Little Nonna's, been going a long time. This dinner was for four with neighbors who hadn't been before. We were out in the courtyard, which was a little on the warm side, but overall it was fine and the food was great, as always. The Sunday Gravy rocks and I find it hard to order anything else. Highly recommended.

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BP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very good meal. The meatballs are huge - could easily share that dish! We ate outside which was great - very pretty patio. Inside was quite dark so we were happy to be outside. Very very good - would definitely recommend!

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JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chicken ever...

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful night at Little Nonna's. Food was superb and the patio was so cozy and romantic. Had the best Aperol Spritz I ever had!

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Z
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at little nonnas and it was delicious. Loved the food. Will definitely be back

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and excellent service. Would highly recommend to anyone that can get there

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BF
Tampa
107 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Centrally located downtown, this is a little place that stayed packed throughout the entire evening I was there. Small tables, cozy, intimate setting makes it a great spot for friends to share a meal before the theater or bar-hopping. I had a special antipasto plate which was great - included olives and buffalo mozzarella, and for main I had a spaghetti dish with an entire lobster tale - excellent. The voice Montepulciano was quite delicious. I will definitely go back if I make it back to the area. Reservation is a really good idea. Didn’t see any outdoor seating.

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CY
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal for both of us and great atmosphere.

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TF
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Little Nonna's from out of state over the Memorial Day weekend and we were extremely impressed by the great service, amazing warm home ambiance and the food was absolutely incredible. We will definitely be back next time we are in town.

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JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. Sangria was awesome. Can’t wait to go back

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guest enjoyed the food very much. wants to come back

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LI
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Returning to Little Nonna’s after several years, still a pleasant little cafe with very good service and good food. Cocktails are quite good. Wine (Barbara and Prosecco) were good. We enjoy the garden seating on a nice evening. Recommend this restaurant.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meatballs are an absolute must try.

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Garlic bread and dessert was great. Rigatoni alla vodka way too salty, almost inedible.

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VS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spaghetti and meat balls!! Food was great, noise was fairly high and seating was tight.

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p
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. Interesting vibe, but would go back because of food

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EH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

love the place. love the food. wait staff tends to ignore you or rush you after food is served.

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MH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Awesome ambiance outside on the back patio. Loved it!!!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quaint little place. The appetizers and desserts were very good. My husband enjoyed his lamb / pasta dish. I went with the meatballs and polenta. The polenta was quite tasty ... however, the meatballs were salty and I could not eat them. The service was great. Would recommend.

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