Little Nonna's

4.6
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2867 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:45am - 2:45pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 546-2100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marcie Turney
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
13th Street
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Parking details
Parking available across the street at the corner of 13th and Locust.
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Public transit
Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut Locust Station
Additional
Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect little spot for an intimate dinner

MB
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The door to the patio kept opening which made the restaurant very cold. The table we were seated was along the bar so caused crowded areas as we enjoyed the meal

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ve come to Little Nonna’s twice now, and it has never disappointed! Their food is fantastic, and the waiters give great suggestions for which wine to pair with. The best part is the cozy ambiance. Will definitely come back!

T
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Cute little spot, very festive for the holidays. We arrived early and were seated right away, hostess was very friendly. They do not have a bar, just limited house drinks; the server was dismissive and not helpful in explaining this. Food was decent, nothing too special. We got our appetizers and entrees and the server never checked on us to see how we liked everything. We were in wouldn’t go back!

DM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

SM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time here for the Army Navy weekend. My family loves Little Nonna’s. Super cozy and friendly. See you next year.

MP
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visiting Philadelphia. Wanted a restaurant close to my hotel. Food was good but a limited menu. Would recommend.

a
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing meatballs

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DR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is fabulous! We enjoyed diner with great friends before seeing the philly pops Christmas show. The food was delicious—who knew spaghetti & meatballs could be so good!

ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty limited menu, but the food we had was delicious. Maybe the best meatballs I've ever had? Portions were very large. Service was incredibly fast, and very friendly. Atmosphere was nice.

KJ
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went here for a birthday dinner and the food and atmosphere were perfect! We were seated right away and food came out quickly. If anything, I'd prefer a more leisurely pace to the meal, but it was a Sunday night and they were busy.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the appetizers to dessert was second to none. The service was quick, and the ambiance was perfect. I’d been to Little Nonna’s once before, and forgot just how good this place was. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Italian food!

T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service and usual.

MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was excellent -- the food good. I was disappointed that I could not order a simple garden salad with my entree.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

It was my husband’s birthday and I mentioned it while booking the table. So I was expecting them to do something but they didn’t. Usually when a special occasion is mentioned, restaurants do something special and since little Nonna did not, so I was slightly upset.

JR
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little gem of a restaurant. We'll be back next time we're in the area!!

L
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening. No wait for out table, great waitstaff and everyone was right-garlic bread to die for! Sunday gravy was yummy with a perfect bottle of wine and their desserts are just like Italy!

PP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent experience. The italo-american style is very worth trying!

F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular...so delicious. The staff, as well as the fellow patrons, were so friendly. The homey-comfortable atmosphere added to the wonderful experience. I would describe the food as comfort with a unique twist. The flavors popped in your mouth. Every bite delicious! I would highly recommend Little Nonna’s!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Nonna’s is honestly some of the best Italian food in Philly. So quaint, impeccable service, even better food. I had a special request for a quiet table in a corner on the patio and they delivered without hesitation. Our server Tracy was very attentive but not overbearing. If you can, absolutely sit on the patio. We will definitely be back!

M
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Little Nonna"s is an informal, warm and friendly Italian restaurant with a limited but authentic menu.
The portions are large. Wine selections are good. Overall, a good restaurant to choose if you are looking for a pleasant meal in an unassuming setting.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had lunch before a show at The Academy of Music. Great proximity to the theatre. Good food and large portions. 😊

m
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The cacho and pepe pasta was over peppered. The spaghetti with meatballs was too much food for an ok taste. Not too bad but i would look for another place.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting old friends from out of town

TW
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizers, entrees and desserts were tremendous. We started with wine and then shared garlic bread and a brushetta. I had the "gravy" a generous portion of melt in your mouth short-rib, sausage and a giant meatball. The rest of my entree was pasta everything in the sauce that had obviously been cooking all day. Our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was quite good and the atmosphere was very quaint!

MS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is wonderful, the setting is eclectic and fun. We shared several small plates and a dessert, a round of drinks and coffee and were perfectly satisfied! It was a perfect meal before orchestra.

VS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a winning choice! Excellent food, service and ambiance. Great location. Awesome meeting place for family and friends. We always go back and bring people new to Little Nonna's!

s
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great but backyard could have been warmer if there were cushions on the seats.

KT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were satisfied with our meals. We were carb loading for a race and it was perfect.

NO
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I took my parents here for dinner when they were in town visiting. The restaurant is very small but adds to the ambiance. Nice menu and tasty cocktails. We all had pasta dishes -- very good selections! Would definitely recommend this to anyone and will book another reservation here again.

M
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always ..... perfect

H
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I've been to Little Nonna's in the past and always enjoyed it. Was looking forward to this next dining experience. Unfortunately it was not up to par with prior experience.
1. I can appreciate the patio, however, where we sat, when the 'alley door was opened' a chilling breeze was felt and although they had propane heaters, the chill was jarring
2. They absolutely forgot us. You dinner was served way behind dinners who came in after and even then, the order was incorrect.
3. the meal was mediocre and not what I was expecting from Little Noona's. As I said earlier, previous experiences was always very good. Found the meal under seasoned.

CD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Portions were enormous-I could have shared my meal. Very few customers, but I did eat past the lunch rush. Would recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can never go wrong with little Nonna’s. Food is always amazing. Service is on point. The outside area is dreamy. Highly recommend!

g
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Small but well apportioned menu, everything was great, and service was prompt and friendly a neighborhood gem.

T
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This cozy Italian-themed restaurant offers innovative and delicious cuisine in downtown Philadelphia.

Staff is invariably helpful and attentive. Great table service, nice menu, and very good value.

The food is tasty and plentiful. The noise level is moderate and the overall vibe of the restaurant is pleasant.

JB
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very enjoyable meal. The service was so attentive that before we even had a chance to request another bottle of water, a new bottle appeared.

b
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food limited wine list. Its worth the trip

v
Philadelphia
8 reviews