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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking available across the street at the corner of 13th and Locust.
Take the Broad Street Line to Walnut Locust Station
Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Little Nonna's Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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