Little Nonna's

4.7
2547 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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Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meatballs are an absolute must try.

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p
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food. Interesting vibe, but would go back because of food

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

love the place. love the food. wait staff tends to ignore you or rush you after food is served.

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MH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Awesome ambiance outside on the back patio. Loved it!!!

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quaint little place. The appetizers and desserts were very good. My husband enjoyed his lamb / pasta dish. I went with the meatballs and polenta. The polenta was quite tasty ... however, the meatballs were salty and I could not eat them. The service was great. Would recommend.

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EM
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Cute, casual place but small- you can easily hear the conversation of the next table. Appetizers were pretty good - burrata with bread (which was burnt) and the arancini was tasty and well prepared. The spaghetti and meatballs which is their signature dish was a disappointment- pasta was overcooked, sauce was spicy, but the meatballs (which were huge) were pretty good. I would have preferred a smaller portion that was cooked properly. Service was friendly and efficient.

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ET
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Great service too and a good vibe

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful hand made pasta without the normal stale and stuffy atmosphere you get with top quality home style Italian. Unique and fresh takes on some menu items while mastering the basics. It was a wonderful meal!

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G
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, cute space, great service! I had the pan seared gnocchi and the tiramisu... Drool worthy!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day prix fixe brunch menu was great!

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AD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day Brunch at Little Nonna’s was perfect. The food was delicious, great Bloody Marys and mimosas, and it is very cute!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good food and a great staff

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, small restaurant with some tables outside (covered) in the back. Easy to find something for children since pasta and meatballs are always available.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience going to this place. It is our favorite!

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great ambiance. They were gracious in accomading our timing for a show. Will def go back!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall good

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JG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and service was very good. It is a small, tables close together, thus the noise level
was HIGH! At. 5:45 pm when we arrived, nearly every table was occupied by boisterous, hungry diners.
Nonetheless, we will return.

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P
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we have ever been to! We were visiting Philadelphia and were so happy to come across this beautiful place. We sat outside which was a lovely seating area in the back. We ordered the rigatoni, spaghetti marinara and garlic bread. Absolutely delicious and would definitely come back again!

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SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute ambience. So delicious. Large portions. Loved the eggplant parmigiana appetizer. Spaghetti and meatballs amazing. Shrimp over squid ink pasta- yum. You won’t be disappointed. Make a reservation, not a large place

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SP
New York Area
160 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was attentive and friendly. Lovely atmosphere. Good value prix fixe lunch at $20. Had the lamb neck radiatore. Though good flavors, seemed a bit oily. Excellent made in house cannolo.

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AB
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Asked for a quiet table to talk. Chose Nonna’s because I believed it was small and quiet. We were seated in an enclosed back yard patio. So noisy could not talk. Average food at average prices. Very expensive limited wine list. Above average service. A disappointment.

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MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ate there 2 nights in a row, loved the presentation of food and flavor of dishes. The grilled Octopus and Lamb pasta were a treat!

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n
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Be on time!
This is a hot restaurant in a small space. They almost gave away our table as my cousin was barely on time- word to the wise, Don’t be late. Loved the salmon and shrimp pasta with squid ink. Not overpriced for Center City. Great find!

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h
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Chef must have forgotten to season the dishes. Bland pasta dishes.

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SO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, Chef is one of the best if not the best. Food was amazing!!!!!

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JP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Just ok - better Italian at other Phila. restaurants

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, authentic and delish! Would go to again and again when I’m back in Philly. Only complaint was the pasta was out in less than 10 minutes after ordering and we felt a bit rushed to get out of there for the next table to be seated.

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E
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal AND service!

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn't expect such a great meal. Easy walk to the Academy of Music. Would highly recommend, especially for a pre-show meal.

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CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has recently become a favorite lunch place for us during occasional visits to Philly. The menu is limited but everything feels fresh and tasty. A hybrid between homecooking and familiar Italian dishes. The portions are generous so it is very good value. But tough then to make room for a dessert... The service is pleasant and helpful.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this restaurant! The food was amazing and loved the atmosphere! This will be a new staple for us! Great neighborhood restaurant!!

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CG
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a really fun spot and I would come again...it is casual innovative and very good. Great service.

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LM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food. I love their garlic bread and meatballs!!!! All of their pastas are sooo light and perfect. My boyfriend got the nonnas gravy and it was also amazing!

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T
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous! The waitress friendly and helpful. Cushions on the garden benches would be nice and having an espresso machine would complete the experience.

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l
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good but limited menu

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JD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wild mushroom arancini may be—without exaggeration—the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

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ES
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Little Nonna’s was great- I highly recommend the gnocchi, octopus and rice balls....really good! Our waitress was awesome - friendly, energetic and very helpful. The restaurant is small and somewhat dark, but has a pleasant ambiance. While the crowd there was lively, my wife and I could still hear each other.......we’ll definitely be back!

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MH
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Philly for a long weekend. Staff very friendly and efficient with great recommendations. Would definitely return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was outstanding! Food tasted home made from Momma's kitchen and the staff was all smiles and welcoming.

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