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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SG
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent...even better than the yummy food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing. Waiter was always hurried. Felt like they wanted you in and out so they could use the table.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every experience here is wonderful. A warm and fun environment with great food and attentive staff. I’ll be back many times.

G
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the Garden, which has true character and makes you feel like you’re in Europe.

The food was excellent and tasted homemade from the fabulous appetizers to the hearty entrees.

FM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A tasting trip back to old world Italy with a contemporary twist! Delizioso!

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Our table was available right away!! The food was fantastic!!! I had a ratatouille moment. My Grandmother and Aunt were born in Italy and I felt like I was at Sunday dinner !! Everything was awesome!! Our server was good !! Could be more personable!! But overall she was good !!! Highly recommended!! Will not be disappointed!!

DK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely little place and reliably good food. The wait staff is efficient.

MT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Little Nonnas is by far one of my favorite restaurants of all time. The food is amazing, the restaurant is beautifully decorated and the ambiance is perfect. I had the rice balls which melt in your mouth, the garlic bread which is a must and the rigatoni vodka (which wasn't as good as usual). However I have brought many of my friends here and gotten them hooked! This is a must!! Highly recommend and make a reservation or come early it's always packed!

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

We ordered a lamb dish and there was only a small slice of lamb at the bottom of the dish. We asked for more and thankfully our waitress was kind enough to provide that for us.

ZG
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, food, and staff. This is my go to date night restaurant.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Great experience for my friend celebrating her birthday and first time in philly!

JR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Would not recommend… ambiance was nice, but food quality was subpar and service left much to be desired.

MD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was “ok” Italian. The place is, as advertised, little, with a small number of tables. It reminded me of many of the elbow-to-elbow restaurants we’ve visited in New York City. The menu is small...limited number of items...but what they offer is hot and well-prepared. We’ve had much better Italian food elsewhere but this was as mentioned “ok”. The ambiance is nice...chatter all around but not too noisy. Our salads and pasta (shared entree) were good-sized and not too pricey.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days 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 on October 15, 2019
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 on October 15, 2019
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 on October 13, 2019
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 on October 13, 2019
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 on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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

SP
Key West
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
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 on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Smaller menu but everything was very well prepared and delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
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.

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