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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
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.
The food was fabulous and so was the service. There are a lot of tables squeezed into a very small space and it is so loud that it is difficult to speak with your table companions. However, the food alone is worth the table and noise discomfort. Food was truly amazing!
This was an amazing date spot. Food and service were both 👌🏾... The initial dining room was pretty crowded for 9:45 on a Saturday night, so my bf and I opted for the indoor patio. We definitely weren’t disappointed. Would absolutely eat here again. The lamb was 🔥🔥🔥
Had a lovely birthday dinner for my nephew here and really enjoyed the food. Solid, well prepared and tasty. A noisy joint for sure but good noisy. 🙂 Foid was slightly over salted for my taste but still good. The bronzino was beautifully prepared and the overall winner. The jam served with the antipasto was my nephew’s favorite. The eggplant was also tasty. Fun for groups of rowdy friends wanting an easy, local meal.
Excellent little Italian place. I did not know about the courtyard out back. The red brick wall and the hung laundry is delightful. Service was attentive and transparent and the wine selection is well edited and aligned.
Some critical reviewers complain about too much sodium. We had the duck manicotti and I have to agree that the sodium content was pretty close to over the line. We love this place, but I think that's a legitimate criticism.
Good menu options. We chose the spagetti and meatballs and it was a huge portion and very good. Too bad that bread is extra. Cozy place, not too big, you definitely need reservations.
Because it is small the noise level is pretty high. All in all though I certainly would go there again.
Fantastic evening -
FIRST: The Meal
My server, "Cal" (I believe) was great. He was friendly, approachable and took the time to walk us through the evening's special and other menu items. We decided to do the "B+V+P Meatballs" - excellent! Great flavor, consistency and familiar feel that reminds you of that home cooked meal made by a loved one. "Fig and Ricotta Crostone" - sweet, with a hint of salt and the perfect compliment to the meatballs!
Our entrees (1) CHICKEN "AL MATTONE" with brussel sprouts, crispy heirloom fingerlings,
roasted pepper, lemon-garlic sauce - perfect! (2) BUCATINI loved, loved, loved the spaghetti squash - literally one of the best dishes I've had in Philly!
This place is really just ok. I enjoyed my meal and the service was fine, but I don't understand all the fuss about the place. There are any number of places with food as good or better. Saying it's something that your Grandmother would cook doesn't make it any better than what it is, it just means that in this case Granny was an average cook at best.
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