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Little Nonna's

4.7
1940 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

We will be offering a special tasting menu for Mothers Day brunch between 10am-3pm. It is a 4 course menu and will be $40 per person. **Please note: There is a $25 cancellation fee per person for any dinner reservation cancelled within 48 hours of May 13th.**

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1940 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I mentor a young highschool aged girl with the goal of exposing her to new places and food. Taking her to Nonna's was a lot of fun because we were able to sit at the kitchen counter and watch the people cook as we engaged in easy conversation in the lively atmosphere. The servers were attentive but didn't interrupt us. They also made some wonderful recommendations for pasta dishes. All of the food was delicious with fair portions.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This was my second visit and quiet some time since the first visit. I don't normally think of it when thinking of a red sauce italian place but was very I did this past sunday.
I think they push the meatballs a bit much as I don't think its really their best offering. It has a bit too much of a crust to it and overly salted. Still above average though. The eggplant parm app was maybe some of the best eggplant parm ive ever had. My entree was the Sunday Gravy and it was excellent. i would prefer if they pre tossed it and did slightly more meat and less pasta or maybe made it a meal for two? Great glass of wine and great service.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great meal as always! We've never left disappointed.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Egg plant parmigiana was unedible.

Two slabs of heavily bartered deep fried eggplant with very little sauce and mozzarella

Super disappointing

The restaurant manager was outstanding... the only good thing about the place.

Will not return.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We were delighted to have visited Little Nonna's for the first time. From start to finish, everything was ravishingly delicious. We are so happy to have found a superb option for pre-concert dining and can't wait to return! Eggplant appetizer was amazing.... Lamb pasta glorious. Olive oil pound cake to die for.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance at Little Nonna's is delightful. Although the noise level can at times be a bit high, the flowing wine and pasta make it worth it. Sit outside if you can, order some garlic bread and pasta with tomato sauce!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Dining out for Life

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Quick Uber ride from our airport hotel for dinner on last day of business trip with clients. Excellent appetizers and nice mix of entrees capped off our week of work. Staff is very friendly and does a great job of service in such a small space.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food is always good,staff is efficient & friendly. A comfortable relaxed atmosphere1

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Good friendly service. Waiter very knowledgeable. Hostess very accommodating to our needs. Tables too close together.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I really enjoyed Little Nonna's. The food was very good: I got the Tonnarelli Nero and my boyfriend got the Sunday Gravy. Portions were good sized and came out with good timing. We split the garlic bread and that was to die for. Lots of garlic! We sat outside and despite the cold evening, were not cold at all. The garden set up is great with the covering and the heat lamps.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The food and service are always outstanding. The ambiance is great

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Little Nonna's never disappoints. The pasta is always perfectly al dente, the sauces are as good as my Italian grandmothers' (I do NOT say that lightly), and the service is always very good. It is a small place, so I recommend getting reservations!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

First time... Loved it! Will return soon.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The meal was excellent - I had the fish entree and a salad. One thing I really appreciated was that it can out HOT. Everything done to perfection - taste, presentation and value!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Can you use Banging as an adjective??

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food and service, would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The menu is highly curated with excellent dishes - but you must get the spaghetti and meatballs - it's THE BEST! Simple yet delicious and perfect to share with two people.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Delicious food. The gnocchi were like little fluffy clouds.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We enjoyed our meal at Little Nonna's, especially the gem lettuce Caesar with the polenta croutons. The eggplant parmigiana could have used some more tomato sauce, and the tonnarelli tasted good but having to peel the shrimp tails from the shrimp was an inconvenience. We would have ordered coffee and dessert, but the server waited too long to follow up with us, and we had theater tickets. Still, a good meal and a pleasant setting.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great service , great food & loved the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

It's a little restaurant inside with small outdoor seating, which is semi covered and heated with propane furnaces.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Charming little restaurant. Loved the eggplant and the ambience.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Authentic Italian meal with plenty of flavor. Great service and atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The service was very basic and at times even uncomfortable. The food was also basic overall and not what we hoped for.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

As with all Turney/Safran restaurants, menu was great and food excellent. Nice ambiance in the “courtyard” but it can get loud, especially if there is a large and socially clueless group at the big center table.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It is a very nice restaurant just not right for us. The staff was extremely pleasant. Alcoholic beverages are limited and so is the menu. We each had a cocktail but did not stay for dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazing, will go again and again. The food was fantastic, great atmosphere and all around would recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

AMAZING PASTA

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Located at 12th and Locust and an easy walk east of Broad St. This is a cozy authentic Italian restaurant with large portions, delicious selections and garlic bread! We ordered the spaghetti and meat balls (1 order to feed my entire family of 5), 2 orders of the garlic bread appetizer, the lamb special, the mushroom arancini, chicken al mattone, and some wine. Needless to say, this meal was excellent. Service was ready and frequent. We celebrated my wife's birthday and had a bit of dessert to share. Lovely place that is not too formal but a relaxing night out with my family! I would go here again!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent. Everything done perfectly. Had Caesar salad, antipasto platter, gnocchi, and bronzino. Looking forward to dining here again

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Being Italian, the "Sunday Gravy" was a bit overpriced, but the other items on the menu were fantastic. We sat out back on the patio and the heaters were quite comfortable.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Growing up in an Italian family, I'm a bit of snob about Italian food. Little Nonna's was exceptional. Don't tell them, but the arancini were better than my grandmother's, and the meatballs were better than my mother's. (Thankfully neither of them use OpenTable!) They also have a nice selection of Italian wines, including a hard-to-find red from Sicily that is one of my favorites. Just a few blocks from all the Philly theaters so this will definitely be our new go-to pre-theater dinner spot. YUM!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I liked Little Nonna’s, but since Im from NYC its just doesn’t standout. I had the penna a la vodka, it was quite good and my famiily tried the shrimp dish that came with a black pasta heavily soaked in garlic. They didnt like it and mostly ate the shrimp. I thought the server seemed overwhelmed or just didnt really show any warmth, caring or interest in us. Very clinical and serious. The place is small and tight and has charm

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food was excellent Would definitely return

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great authentic feeling old school Italian with some fun twists... Good service and everything was really tasty

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great food as always. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was excellent

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

As usual, Little Nonna's was wonderful. Great food, excellent service, really cute server (guy). Nice and warm on a cold and raw Sunday.

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