Little Nonna's

4.7
2172 reviews
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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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Delivery or takeout
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
What 2172 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

All good except they forgot to confirm my reservation and didn’t get the points :-(

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JT
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great meal. It was as good as expected. The meatballs and gnocchi are so tasty. The Citrus olive oil cake was a great finish. The service was very good. I recommend sitting on the patio.

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S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good. Get the gnocchi; it was light and wonderful. And the”Sunday Gravy” was extra good.

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JA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Little Nonna’s has been my favorite restaurant for five years now since I’ve lived in Center City. It’s a romantic, wine-drinking, spaghetti-filled spot! Love it.

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

Accommodating with birthday requests and wonderful food as always!

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

While I have raved about Little Nonna's in the past, our dinners this time were just so-so. Perhaps we selected badly, or it was just a night when the chef was off, or something. Two of us tried the squid-ink linguini with shrimp and found it particularly lacking. We will go back again but maybe stick to the dishes we have loved before, e.g. Sunday gravy.

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

Little Nonna's never disappoints. Great food, great atmosphere!

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

Little Nonna’s helped make our 4 year anniversary a magical experience.

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Y
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as delicious as we remembered! My fiancé and I were back in Philadelphia (we used to live there) and Little Nonnas was one of three places we made sure to snag a reservation at ahead of time. Didn’t disappoint! We shared a Caesar salad, spaghetti and meatballs (oh those meatballs!) and the Pasta dish with vodka sauce. Service was excellent and the back garden patio made for a particularly enjoyable dining experience.

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S
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Little Nonna's is a tradition for us when we visit Philly since it is so close to our hotel. I love, love, love the decor. We have noticed the huge meatballs but we are not big meat eaters. There are usually one or two fish options on the menu that satisfy us. They are great about trying to accommodate walk-ins but it is very popular. I recommend a reservation.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal! The best Italian food I have ever had.

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A
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food. Great place for old school Italian ie eggplant parm, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread.

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F
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was very reminiscent of a meal at my husband’s nonna’s home. The garden was lively, if a little loud for close conversation. Service was great!

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L
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Known for their outstanding meatballs, but great overall food. We sat in the "Garden" and it was a little warm, but had a great feel to it. Wonderful restaurant for fresh Italian food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic food. The waiter recommended me the Gnocchi and I'm SO glad I had it. My girlfriend and I are also Tiramisu people and this was probably the best we've ever had. Excellent restaurant!

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E
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Too noisy
Tables too close
Nothing special about the food

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AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

A dud in Philly’s great Italian dining scene. Terrible service - three different servers in the course of one meal with shifts changing at 7pm - and very average food. One bathroom for the entire restaurant means long lines.

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New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The restaurant unfortunately had a problem with their air conditioner which made for an unpleasant experience. However, the food was also simply not good. The quality of the Sunday Gravy meal was underwhelming. Taste was bland, meatball a little burnt. The Caesar salad was not even good. Overall, poor and will not go back.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Restaurant was sweltering due to the patio door opening every ten seconds. Food was fine but not great and came out from the kitchen actually too fast. Service was good but not particularly notable. Overall the experience seemed a little stale and like they are somewhat phoning it in.

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PE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spaghetti with crabs is a real treat, taking me back to my roots, reminiscent of lazy summer days. Little Nonna’s nailed it.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian in the city. Cozy, warm, insanely delicious food.

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VG
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

What a disappointment! The descriptions in the menu did not match what we were served. Where was the buffalo mozzarella in the minimal portion of grilled peaches caprese? The pasta is on the over cooked side and often drowned in too much sugary tomato sauce. The rigatoni were correct but the Sunday gravy served nonna style would only deserve such name if your grandma imitates Olive Garden food. A very expensive restaurant for very basic food court mall Italian-American interpretations of Italian cuisine. Not worth it all all.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We dined here at the recommendation of a friend and had a lovely meal. Everything we tried we loved and would order again. Don't sleep on the meatballs! They're out of this world.

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NF
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, looking forward to making time to come back!

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Little Nonnas for a double date on lunch on a Saturday afternoon. They sat us outside in their covered patio area which was great. We started with the meatballs and arancini as appetizers and both were incredible. The truffle butter with the arancini was delicious! For meals we ordered the pork sandwich (I didn’t get to try that one), the chicken Parm sandwich which was one of the best I’ve ever had, I ordered the rigatoni alla vodka which I would order 100 more times and my girlfriend ordered the spaghetti and meatballs. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for delicious Italian! We’ll be back for sure.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 1

Food was very good, moderately priced. We were sat outside and the back of the restaurant has a sunroom type outdoor area that was at least 98 degrees. It made the entire experience very unpleasant. I would not recommend anyone sitting outside, especially during the summer months.

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WB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Huge plate of spaghetti and 2 meat balls. I suggest you split the plate or just get the meatball appetizer. If it is hot outside don’t sit at table next to the door to the patio.

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BD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend for the $20 lunch tasting menu and it was amazing. The portions were appropriately sized, the food came out quick and the service was good. This is the third time I have been to Little Nonnas and it gets better every time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD

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DK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was tasty. I had the Rigatoni alla Vodka, which was tasty. My husband had linguine with sausage and clams; there were few clams and the meal was disappointing. We made the mistake of arriving early for our reservation and elected to eat outside rather than stand and wait for a table. It was too warm. Overall, not our best dining experience.

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b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great and very accommodating. In the reservation I specified to have a table outside, and even though at first we were placed inside, upon request we were moved outside immediately. The only thing when I arrived there was no hostess.. for about 2 minutes.. and since the restaurant is tiny, I felt being a distraction to other customers who were enjoying their food and conversation right next to me..
Food was delicious - grazie!

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JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal! The spaghetti and meatballs are incredible and very generous portion sizes. Next time we’ll split the dish so we can try more of the appetizers and small plates. So good!

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RL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So my sister and I went to dinner here before we headed out for a night of fun because it was recommended by a few people as “the best Italian food since their mother’s cooking” - no joke. And boy, was that accurate!!! The decor was cozy and homey, though crowded. The space was tight as it is with a lot of Philly restaurants, but it didn’t take away from the great service and INCREDIBLE food. I will be going back very soon!

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FT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Can’t beat it

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KB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy dinner emensley!!! From beginning to the end
Thank you!

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D
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great dinner at Nonna's. I didn't know they had outdoor seating in the back. Perfect weather, good vibe. Enjoyable!

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FD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Little Nonna’s. Try to get a seat at the patio if you could!

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T
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting flavors. Good Caesar salad and pea rags pasta. I enjoyed the $20 tasting lunch menu.

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DH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, fantastic food!

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L
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

I was expecting more. Took a visitor to the city there. I ordered a gnocchi dish which while having veggies was a little skimpy. I could count the cherry tomatoes, corn kernels and beech mushrooms. Because I don’t eat meat, I didn’t order the popular spaghetti entree with meatballs. My OOT guest did not like it. We both loved the garlic bread and the Caesar salad with polenta croutons.

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