About Little Nonna's

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.

1234 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
13th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 546-2100

Website:
http://www.littlenonnas.com/

Parking Details:
Parking available across the street at the corner of 13th and Locust.

Public Transit:
Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut Locust Station

Executive Chef:
Marcie Turney

Additional:
Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Little Nonna's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (86)
Neighborhood Gem (72)
Comfort Food (67)
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Cozy (62)
Casual (60)
Authentic (55)
Romantic (54)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Special Occasion (41)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Worth the Drive (21)
Fun (19)
Great for Lunch (17)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (11)
Business Meals (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, service and decor. I will definitely return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

The food is always amazing. the service staff and feel of the place is just top notch. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great Italian fare!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Anniversary date
Melissa our server was excellent. Ask for her if you go. She made the night

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great little place. It was a little dark, but I like it like that. Fantastic comfort food. We started with burrata & garlic bread for the table - yum. Also both daughters had spaghetti and meatballs, I had the chicken under brick and my husband had the Sunday gravy - reasonably priced for a city meal. We had dessert, cannolis, tiramisu and apple crostada - again all fabulous.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

I highly recommend the Sunday gravy meal and chicken

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Food and ambience were awesome. Great date night spot. Loved everything about this place. The spaghetti and meatballs will not disappoint.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We loved it! So romantic with super fast service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I made a reservation at Little Nonna's for a nice evening out. It's a quaint and cozy restaurant on Locust Street perfect for an intimate dinner of comfort food. We ordered the antipasto plate and it was amazing. The cheese (burata), meats, olives, veggies were all delicious and very fresh. We got the caesar salad, Sunday Gravy and Rigatoni Alla vodka for entrees (we usually share everything so we can try more). They were all also very good. The Rigatoni alla vodka was definitely my favorite as it had the most flavor. I definitely recommend coming here for a dinner as a couple or a small group. Come hungry because the pasta is very filling!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Reader beware...I am of Italian heritage and know good Italian food. This was average to good Italian food. The "WILD MUSHROOM ARANCINI" was excellent. We had other appetizers and they were average. For the Main Course, "SUNDAY GRAVY" was very good and probably the best dish on the menu. Other guests, including my wife, ordered various other entrees and they were average.

If you know and are seeking excellent Italian food, you will not find it here. However, you will most likely get a decent meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We were celebrating our annual holiday lunch with co-workers. I had to increase our party size by one the day before the lunch and the reservationist was professional and courteous. Our server was attentive, helpful but never intrusive. Our party arrived in three waves and as each person was seated, he immediately came over to get a beverage order. The table shared two appetizers (arancini, which were amazing and straciatella with grilled bread). The pasta portions were large enough that several took portions home. Two of us had the eggplant parm and it was perfectly prepared- crisp but not greasy and just the right amount of cheese and sauce. Everyone vowed to return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Lovely environment on the patio. Great food. Had the special which was a small portion size for the price.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Spaghetti and meat balls was as advertised. 4 of us were all very happy with atmosphere, food, and service for first time visitors.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The Sunday Gravy dish my wife had was just ok. The special I had, tagliatelle bolognese, was above average. Even at 5:30, the inside room filled up very fast and our dinner was completed in 45 minutes, no dessert. Disappointed that the restaurant charged us $2 for 4 small pieces of burnt bread, outrageous! Will not be rushing back to this restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was great. Entrees were served haphazardly. 4 diners. 2 spaghetti meatballs served simultaneously . Few minutes later a sunday gravy. About 5 minutes after that the 4th entree, shrimp pasta dish. Made it awkward for everyone. Food itself very good.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great, the window seat was amazing! The waiter was very attentive. This is now on our list of go-to Philly restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2017

First time diner, pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food here. I had the spaghetti and meatballs with hazelnut cannolis for dessert. Everything tasted authentic and freshly made and the portion sizes were generous. I would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The worst pork sandwich! It had all the flavor of an old gym sock. I told the server not to wrap it up. To have experienced it once was unpleasant, but to have to endure it a second time would have been unbearable.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Everything was great except our food came out within 10 minutes of ordering, which would’ve been great except it was already cold..

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Restaurant is small but very cute! The music was way too loud. We asked our server to have it turned down & she did; music was still loud.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Fun little place ... we sat in the heated courtyard and enjoyed the ambiance. For was very good, home-style Italian, just like "your grandmother Nonna" used to make.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We went to Little Nonna's to celebrate our friend's 40th birthday. This was our first time, and overall we were happy with our experience. At the top of the list was the food. We come from an Italian family, so finding real deal Italian at a restaurant is sometimes challenging. This food is the real deal! The meatballs are phenomenal. The marinara is delicious. The pasta is prepared perfectly. Our appetizers were excellent. And the desserts (cannoli and tiramisu) were wonderful too. Our waitress was attentive and helpful. We told her we had a time crunch and she accommodated our needs. The only downside was that we had 5:00 reservations, and when we showed up about 10-15 minutes early we were told we had to wait outside because they were not open yet. It was a cold night and our car was not particularly close by. We walked inside and were told to go back out. And the door was then locked behind us and opened at exactly 5:00. Not a huge deal, but not the most enjoyable way to start our evening. But all things considered, we had a great time and would come back!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious choices and loved the service...very attentive!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent service - Food was very good - Just a bit dark in courtyard...

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Best meal we’ve had this year. Great wine selection! Tiramisu was to die for!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food. Make a reservation. Place is a bit small so best to be sure you will be able to eat there as not to be disappointed. Music (for me) was too loud. I asked to lower it and they accommodated. :). Server was lovely too. We have eaten here before. We were out of town guests who this time brought our family too.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Means my family loved Nonna’s. The food, ambience and friendly staff. We will definitely be back.
We did have one problem, though we love the low lighting, may husband and I had a difficult time reading the menu’s very small print even with our glasses on.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Some of the best Italian I’ve ever had! Great location, wonderful service.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have been dying to go to Little Nonna's for over a year. We finally made it in this past Saturday. The ambiance was great although loud, which really can't be helped. The appetizer (special antipasta) and salad (caesar) were both great. I got spaghetti and meatballs (figured when in Rome...) and the meatball was tough and had a 1/8 inch thick burnt rim around it. I couldn't believe it. It wasn't terrible, but wasn't what I had expected. I mentioned it to the server and she looked and agreed they were burnt, and said she'd put two new ones in with my to go container (portions are huge). The pasta actually tasted better the next day, but the two new meatballs were also burnt. My husband had the duck and that was good. We went somewhere else for dessert because there we couldn't agree on one. All in all it was good, but little disappointed with my entree.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went 2 nights in a row pre-half marathon and Marathon meals. It was perfect!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is hands down our favorite place. Never had a bad dish. Hostess and staff are great. Love it!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Hostess was fantastic. The serv

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We were having an early pre-theater dinner. Wonderful fun place. We’re vegetarian, and ate a bunch of appetizers - the rice balls are fab. We would love to see more vegan options. The pumpkin cake was meh. But over all good fun. Great service.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Little Nonna's is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. The Sunday Gravy is always amazing as is the Pan Seared Gnocchi. Save room for dessert as their Tiramisu is rich and delicious. Reservations are highly recommended as it is very popular.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

LN's is a favorite, in warm weather outside and cold weather inside. The menu, while limited, offers a good variety of choices for every interest. The shaved salad sets up the rest of the meal beautifully. We had scallops, which were perfectly done, and bucatini with guanciale and sprout leave, the latter keeping the dish from being too rich. Only complaint? No espresso.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Just wonderful in every way. Some of the best food I've had in Philly. Excellent service. It's hard not to bubble over with praise for Little Nonna's.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I've been here a few times and love it. This time we sat in the garden. It was a cool winter night and still warm and cozy outside. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The only thing that was good was the appetizer, which was arrancini. They were served promptly and hot. Our entrees we're 30 minutes getting to table, and not edible. The sauce and broccoli rabe on too of the dish we're hot, the meatballs and short rib were not..... matter of fact, they were so cold that we could not eat them. We had to leave for our show, so we quickly had food wrapped up to go....had no time to complain. Unfortunately, when we heated the meal for dinner the next day, it was so salty, we just threw it out. Loads of pepperoni in the sauce...not good. We will not be returning to Little Nonna's.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing food and service. The owner went above and beyond to create a great evening for us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We went for our anniversary. Loved the inside, very quaint. It was a little dark and a little loud, but nothing that you couldn't handle. The antipasto was delicious! My wife's entree was the "shrimp scampi". She was not fond of the type of "pasta" they used. The sauce was awesome though. I ordered the fish. Not a huge portion, very thin piece of fish but it was filling.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Casual, Special Occasion
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