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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (93)
Neighborhood Gem (75)
Cozy (69)
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Casual (66)
Comfort Food (64)
Romantic (61)
Fit for Foodies (58)
Authentic (54)
Special Occasion (49)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Great for Outdoor Dining (38)
Good for Birthdays (38)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Fun (22)
Worth the Drive (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Local Ingredients (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Seasonal (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Spicy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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

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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I thought overall the food was very good however there wasn't bread put on the table which I thought was odd for an Italian Rest. The Italian Wedding Soup was outstanding though not your typical Italian Wedding Soup that I grew up on.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great Italian restaurant with good ambience and excellent service. Food was quite good and plentiful. Noise level was quiet enough for good conversation. Would return and recommend. Prices were reasonable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had heard good things, and dinner here didn't disappoint one bit.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

It was an absolutely delicious meal. I would go back and get the same dish, I can't say enough how good it was.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Little Nonna's has become one of my favorite spots. Lots of creativity with the menu and incorporation of unusual ingredients. Warm and inviting atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We sat in the garden and it was beautiful! The food was good. However, it was very packed, fairly noisy, and I felt like we were having dinner with other people.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Everything was phenomenal from the waitstaff to the food. The garlic bread was incredible but don'

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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 🔥🔥🔥

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is not Italian food. I could not finish the meatballs - the taste turned me off. Polenta croutons in the salad were mush. A tin of cheese dumped on top of the salad made it inedible.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delish! Great service. Super cute inside. Living in NYC I am used to paying an arm and a leg for a great meal. This was NOT the case. This was a great value for really delicious food. Will be back soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Birthday was amazing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Really good restaurant, fairly limited menu choices but all top quality; service is very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The atmosphere is cozy and intimate. Great for a date or special occasion. The appetizers were phenomenal and gnocchi was outstanding. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a twist on authentic Italian food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food and amazing service. Loved the ambiance and was great for dinner before an evening out.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

First time to this restaurant and it won’t be the last time. The food was just great!

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Meatballs we're not traditional. Did not care for them. One or two flavors very present in there I did not expect in a traditional meatball. Overall good, but most certainly my not great. Worth going;but not worth house g bs I.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great home cooked Italian food . Would definitely go back !

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Loved the atmosphere. It was warm and cozy. It felt intimate and the food was all delicious. We would definitely go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

In a city with many Italian restaurants, this unpretentious little place stands out. The food is consistently good and the staff always pleasant and attentive.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wonderful as always.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Been there a few times...always impressed. The Garden, though enclosed is pretty cool. The service has been very good...consistently.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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