Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

4.7
177 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.

Support Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant during COVID-19

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 177 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipseemas
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!!!

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LeslieS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service excellent

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BillK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We lived in Italy for 2 years. This was a nice surprise.

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vipChisportsgirl
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great find in Philly excellent homemade pasta. Great ambiance and fun spot for what ever occasion your there for. Friendly staff and amazing food.
Gelato and tiramisu are a must order ! Every pasta dish the table had was great

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vipBrianC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luigi was a delight as a waiter!! Authentic, attentive, and with excellent suugestions for the food and wine. The gelato looked great; however, we ordered dessert off of the menu. The tiramisu with fruit was great! The Chocolate Mousse came with sliced strawberries on top, not a surprise. The surprise was the lightness of the texture and that there were sliced strawberries throughout the dessert. It was Heaven!! We will be back. Yum!

SG
SusanG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Truly an exceptional restaurant. Mind-boggling array of dishes, wine, and spirits. The pasta topped with savory truffle gelato was unique and delicious. The wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and efficient. We went back the next morning and had espressos with fresh bakery items- outstanding. Nice outdoor seating, comfortable, relaxed vibe; it looked like it was a favorite place of neighborhood locals. We loved it!

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vipGeorgeM
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was quite good. Service was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We moved away from the areas year ago and came back to Philly for a visit. Our dinner was outstanding as was your market! Thank you for providing a taste of Italy - a place we love and miss. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great!!

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GinaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! Food was delish and reminded me just like the caffes in Italy! Very authentic.

JV
vipJoanV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. I always eat there when I am in Philly.

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retiredwoman
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food and service. It was a Friday night and got noisier as the night progressed. Pleased with our food choices, and best gelato I've had, since I was last in Italy.

JR
vipJeffreyR
Milwaukee
47 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment, excellent service and great food. Overall wonderful experience.

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Cityfoody
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent! Good for especial occasion. Perfectly made.

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the server was the best…..really made it an experience and not just a meal

SB
vipSocialButterfly504
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and the ambiance of this restaurant were awesome. The coffee and gelato were authnic. I live out of town and have to travel here a few times a year. This will be my first every time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect! The staff was welcoming and welcoming thoroughly explained the menus! The food was so authentic, I felt like I was back in Italy! Such a special experience! Great value as well!!!

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vipAlexisD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites! Great place, great staff, authentic…pretty perfect.

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LyubovT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s pretty nice place :) I would recommend if you like Italian food

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geoffreyw
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spritz is just right. Arrostocini darned close to Abruzzo. Ravioli was delicious.

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PaulaP
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service

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vipJimmydelSol1
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was the worst we have experienced in years. Once got menus and water , the waiter stood for a good 10 minutes engaged in friendly conversation with a couple he obviously knew. When finally attended to, wait between courses was interminable. Waited so long for our gelato, which obviously had been sitting around and was somewhat melted, asked for our bill so would get it in a timely manner.
Everything else was good except unacceptably long delays in service. Restaurant was actually uncrowded with several open tables.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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BEKinNYC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to Italian In Philadelphia. We are from NYC, and this place would kill it in the City. Top notch fresh food, seasonal, regional menus and possibly the best gelato in the USA. A necessary stop on any trip to Philly.

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vipRonL
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always A Great Experience

BR
vipBrianR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dom was a fantastic server. Food was magnificent.

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JWC93427
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Lack of parking/valet was a problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our special occasion place 😍 Great wine selection, delicious small plate options and authentic Italian food. The gelato is enough reason to pay a visit!

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vipthx4dining
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service as always!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely, gracious space with amazing service and not expensive. We completely enjoyed our lunch.

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artlover03
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner.

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vipKristaH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food and drinks were good but we were seated upstairs in the back I was cold (temp) and the ambience is was lacking. Next time I will be asked to be downstairs.

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MomDayBruch
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing and service stellar. Who doesn’t love a less than $5 scoop of homemade gelato!?

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CathleenC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and a wonderful time. Great service. We were sitting outside so the only reason I rated poor on noise was the street traffic..which the restaurant cannot control

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This place used to be really good in terms of service and food. I have been a regular customer before Covid-19 However I came back after over a year and it was like a chaos. It was a lot of people waiting for a table, they placed products like groceries at the first floor, I understand that due to Covid-19 a lot of places have changed and they have to “survive” but this restaurant had a nice setting before, was well managed. It’s sad because I used to love the food and ambiance of this place, but for now I don’t think I will come back for a dinning experience, although I might order online because the food is pretty good, it’s authentic Italian. I hope that this place come back how it was before.

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LaurenC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. The food and service are always top notch!

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HarryP
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

All the food was fairly good and basic. Definitely worth coming more for the gelato and the market than the dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food!

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vipNYCinPhilly
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a disappointing meal. Their pasta, followed by their gelato, is one of my favorite meals.

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vipajd1211
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as usual. The only downside is the noisy motorcycles and people playing music in their cars at deafening levels.

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 177 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.