Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

4.6
356 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
For parties of 5 or larger, please contact the restaurant directly by visiting www.grancaffelaquila.com or calling 215.568.5600

Authentic Italian Restaurant, Caffe, Bar, Luxury Italian Market, & Italian Culture School. The culinary and wine program is based on all 20 regions of Italy including wine, cocktail, and beer selections crafted by award winning culinary and wine director Riccardo Longo. The experience also featuring Gelato from the Italian Gelato Champion Maestro Stefano Biasini as well as award winning coffee roasted in house. Private events including Lunch, Dinner, Apertivo, and Tasting Menus designed to each groups desires. Best of Philly Readers Choice Best Italian Restaurant Winner and Gambero Rosso rated Top Italian Restaurants in the world; Featuring an expertly trained staff and authentic environment.

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Experiences

  • 52 Week Celebration of Italy, a new city each week

    Multiple dates available

    Each week we invite you to join along Riccardo Longo's travels of the Italian peninsula where we will feature a different city from Italy and feature their local bar & wine, as well as their cuisine. Each region in Italy is a microcosm of its' terroir, and features the specialties of that particular area! Allow your senses to indulge in our 52 week celebration! Available for Dine in, takeout, or delivery through our third party partners!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 356 people are saying
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LyndaO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous. We had drinks and hor-d'oeuvres outside which was fun. Great Carciofi! We has dinner upstairs which became louder as it got later, but the food was fabulous! My new favorite restaurant.

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Monnlightdriver
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely wonderful. I did not get his name but made the experience very fun and relaxing. Food was excellent.

JB
JBecker
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This was not my first time at Gran Caffe L'Aquila and it won't be my last. The food here is outstanding. No matter what you get, it melts in your mouth. We first received the buffalo cheese as an appetizer and it was great, then I received the gnocchi's in white sauce (chef's kiss- SO GOOD) and my boyfriend received the lamb and bacon skewers (TO DIE FOR). Then we got some gelato and it topped everything off. The only negative I can comment is, when I asked to sit outside, I didn't want to sit on the street, but rather under the wooden area with lights. I figure if you only have 2 people, you would sit at a regular table not he street rather than where I thought we were going to sit. Overall though, great experience and I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! Service was amazing !!!!!!

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Ashley
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The price for restaurant week increased but the food portions and quality were below par.

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vipAnnie
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selections for restaurant week lunch menu. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals.
Server was attentive- remarkably so.

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APinPhilly
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We tried this for Restaurant Week and were disappointed. The appetizer was good, the main course okay (I don't know what I expected from "bacon gelato" but frozen bacon wasn't it), and the dessert (panna cotta) was excellent. My friend ordered from the regular menu and her octopus was over done (she had to ask for a steak knife to cut it).

The server was very good, but continually referred to us as "My love" and "Beautiful" - I'm sure it was well-intended but still very inappropriate and unappreciated.

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aprilh
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

On Open Table I asked for a "quiet table" in the notes. My husband, child and I were seated next to a bar, next to server's station which was also at the top of the steps and in the path to the restroom. hostess fail.

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AbeK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Absolutely can't wait to go again!

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Sydney
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I went to Gran Caffe L'Aquila for restaurant week 2021. The food we received was bland, chicken was dry, and the plates we received to pour the olive into for the bread course were filthy such that they had to be replaced. We didn't have a set server and all of the servers on shift were running around, thus we had to put in great effort to get someone's attention when we needed help. Lastly, all of the menus at the restaurant were paper and we were given about 10 menus of a bunch of different things, rather than there being one menu with distinct headings for us to follow. Overall, cute restaurant, but terrible food and service

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esl5
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was mediocre, except their desserts. The server was very friendly and nice.

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vipRyanS
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good dining experience for Sunday lunch. The best gelato in the USA!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. food prepared well and gelato!! Friendly staff.

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laurah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST RESTAURANT EVER! Have been here several times and ALWAYS enjoy the unique and delicious menu items. Visiting from Chicago to celebrate a special occasion and will definitely be back again and again. The staff is very personable and it’s one of the many highlights of Philadelphia that can’t be missed! Save room for gelato!

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vipKeeD
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our second time dining at La Gran Caffe L’Aquila. The food was delicious. So many wonderful choices. Our appetizers were creative and yummy. The scamorza was a particular favorite. The pasta was perfectly cooked and sauced. And the gelato selection is amazing. We will be back!

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DivJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My friend and I came for restaurant week! I got the Bruschette, Pollo al Mottone, and Frutti di Bosco Tiramisu. The Bruschette was delicious! The Pollo al Mattone was a bit of a let down. The chicken was good but a little dry. The sauce it came with went well with it. The asparagus was normal. The potatoes were not seasoned or crispy. Overall felt there was a lack of flavor.
The tiramisu was interesting because I was expecting it to have lady fingers like the description said, but from my knowledge it was just the mascarpone. Little underwhelming. It tasted like what you would expect tiramisu to taste like minus the lady fingers.
I also got the Pompelmo Spritz that was delicious! Overall a good experience that could have a little better in my opinion. Might have to return to try the popular gelato!

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vipJean
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration for our son. Very lively atmosphere. Service was great. Everything we ordered was delicious. Definitely going back

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Delicious
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time my wife and I have been here. Never disappoints! The best Italian food in Philadelphia. I have never been to Italy, but I imagine dining here is like dining there.

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant.
We love the ever changing regional specials focused on different cities in Italy.

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vipCharlieR
New Orleans
33 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small dining area in the back was cozy. Food was excellent for the price. Great location close to Rittenhouse Square.

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Leth3an
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

7th anniversary meal

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vipFrancesca
Philadelphia
102 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The Casa salad was good and plentiful. The burrata was exquisite And artfully presented. Although the carbonara was very creative With a bit of bacon gelato atop, It was good not fabulous. The special pasta of Puglia was very good with eggplant and caramelized onion. It tasted a little sweet but I’m assuming that was the authentic presentation.

Our waiter was a nice guy that could have been better. He just didn’t equal the quality of the food.

Gelati was fabulous!

It’s such a shame that these incredibly rude And incredibly loud Motorcycle riders were just too much for me to have the pleasant evening I had hoped for. Something must be done!

If it wasn’t for Covid, I would have dined inside and not had that noise issue.

All in all, the food is very good and creative with many excellent options

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Bird
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This might not be the best Italian food in Philadelphia, but it is sure the place that feels most authentically Italian.

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Sedy
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is our favorite spot in Philly. As close to Italy as you can get in the US. Great homemade pasta and excellent coffee. Highly recommended.

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viptbird
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Very long wait for service but Restaurant very crowded. However I did notice other tables with different server moving much faster. Food not hot but took so long to get no way I am sending back. This will not keep me from going back I will just go during less crowded times. Overall good place

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Yoshic
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely meal. Everything from the sprtizes and cocktails to the antipasto and fritto misto to our pasta was really delicious. And the gelato was splendid and jealously guarded.

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vipAlina
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food and awesome service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bruschetta is delish!! Also best gelato in Philly

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vipSpritzer
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my default place when I need to treat myself.

JB
vipJosephB
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

This is my second time at this restaurant. We had such a great time the first time, we decided to take a friend from out of town there. We were placed at the one table in the front window - lots of activity in that spot and it was really disruptive to our lunch. The service was horrible. It took 15 minutes for the waiter to come over. He the offered water and it was another 10 minutes. After we had our appetizers, he came back over and asked us what we ordered for our entree since he could't remember the 3 orders that we placed earlier. Very disappointing. Too many good Italian places in Philadelphia to choose from. I won't be coming back here anytime too soon.

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vipSibarita1explorador2
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always

Great meal ending with a fantastic home made pistachio gelato

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vipgreatfind
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable that you can get such a high level of authentic Italian food! And they are in touch with the latest trends in Italy. Very friendly service and great explanations for any question. Cocktails, wine, appetizers, pasta, main course, dessert, coffee WERE ALL WONDERFUL and top quality. We drove 2 hours from NYC just to west

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MandeeL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the gelato was amazing!!

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JackR
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is no better restaurant in the city of Philadelphia. From start to finish, the meal constantly delivered, and the service was no different. If you love Italian cuisine, you'll be missing out if you don't find yourself at Gran Caffe L'Aquila.

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vipJimmydelSol1
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food wonderful. Service great.

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vipNdcity
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. You can stop in for an excellent cup of coffee to go, or an enjoy a tasty cocktail with a delicious lunch or dinner. Some of the best Italian food in Philadelphia, (maybe in the country). Top that off with the best gelato in Philly. Also, if you are counting calories, they have excellent salads.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing, the waiter was outstanding, nothing more to say this is one of my favorite restaurants in Philly.

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vipCaren
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service was wonderful. They were so accommodating and nice! This is our 2nd visit and our first was before covid so it’s been a while. My husband and I shared a few small plates and everything was so good. I was so full we didn’t even get Gelato but I’ve had it before and it’s soooo good! Def be back!

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vipoutandabout
Philadelphia
237 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined there on Tuesday evening and had a very nice experience. We both felt the food was very good. My only observation for the entree I had which a combination of meatballs sausage pasta etc. The pasta portion of that could been a little larger.

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vipMzbrit
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dish of ‘Sunday’ pasta, sausage and meatballs- service was excellent and topped off with a terrific gelato.

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You can order delivery directly from Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 568-5600.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 356 OpenTable diners.

Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://grancaffelaquila.com/collections/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.