Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

4.7
272 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 272 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT1234
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was overall pretty good, but not something I’d rave about. The clams special was too salty. The service was extremely slow. It took over 20 min to even get water and we had to ask multiple times. Even longer to get someone to take our food order. Not sure if they are currently understaffed but it seemed really unorganized. We were not even offered dessert but at that point we didn’t bother asking and just paid and left.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food in a classy yet casual atmosphere. Excellent gelato!!!

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DylanM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic waiter. Food was delicious and they had the best gelato I have ever had.

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JamesF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to coming back

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geraldf
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was excellent. Our servers were wonderful,food was
fabulous. Gelato was to die for.
We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very attentive and their food lived up to every review we read before going! The classic Tiramisu and gelato are beyond compare. Arancini are a must have! I wish I lived closer so I could try every item on the menu. The volume was a little loud making it occasionally difficult to hear our waiter but still not a showstopper. We'll definitely be back!

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible!!!! The staff, the food, the service, the atmosphere. 10/10!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our food and service. The server was on point. He showed consideration and dedication to our dining experience.

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KenF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly, the food was amazing, it was great.

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vipDeborah
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The dinner was great. Unfortunately there were only two of us at our table right next to a large party which made conversation difficult at times. Despite that, it was a fully enjoyable dining experience.

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1dkramer
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food all the time.

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vipRaven
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate our family dinner outside. A fruity Pera salad. A serving of tagliatela. My wife had a seafood salad that was as as ample as the Pera. The kids and and my daughter and son-in-law had various pastas. All of us except my wife had gelati, the best was tiramasu and my dark chocolate--coffee combo.

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vipBenedetto
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gran Caffe' L'Aquila is always great. We had burrata and salumi to start with. Then chitarra and pappardelle. The quality is superior with authentic Italian touch. To end we had the superb gelato (pistacchio and caffe').

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vipSkindog
Minneapolis
65 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The pasta in both our dishes was overdone.

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vipsb75
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is great!! Food is fresh and creative!! Very good

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vipJTO1965
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside as it was a cooler morning. The service is great as we were not rushed at all and our food was excellent. We will be returning soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and best gelato I’ve ever had in the US!

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vipShanaJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Pretty sure the server was drunk. Waited 30 minutes and never got drinks. Left.

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Claire
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was kind and attentive, food was excellent, I’m so glad we went :)

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vipBarKat
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We generally just go for drinks upstairs and have appetizers. But, we decided dinner this time and we were not disappointed. From the service to the appetizers to the main course to the dessert, everything came out in a timely manner. Never once felt rushed. Bottled wine was reasonable also.

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Jackson
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I do not usually give out 5 star ratings but this place really and truly deserves one!!!!
Very impressive….

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DonnaD
Philadelphia
54 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I started with an excellent Paris Boulevardier. The drink selection was very interesting. Next I shared an order of Parma prosciutto and fried artichoke hearts. The waitress had our pasta divided in the kitchen. Of course we finished with delicious gelato.

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JulieM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. We were seated outside so the noise level was a little high. Overall a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always good and they always have availability
Cocktails are always good

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TeresaC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Excellent. Will come back to enjoy another item

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Phil
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific place for a business or social lunch. Over just the last week, I have eaten there twice, once inside and once outside, and both visits were wonderful. The food is genuine Italian. It meets the approval of the Italian born mother of a guest. And the gelato!

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AnneK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our all time favorite restaurants. Food, ambiance and service are excellent. It’s as close to dining in Italy as you can get without hoping on a plane.

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nancyp
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food is amazing and the wait staff couldn't have been nicer. If you're looking for a quiet, intimate experience, this isn't it. The atmosphere is energetic, and very loud. Overall, a great place to eat, but be aware if you want quiet conversation. We were celebrating a teen's birthday, and they went over the top to make it special for her.

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GiuseppeM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice, our waiter and rest of the staff we’re incredibly friendly, food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Il cameriere Luigi, ma anche i suoi colleghi sono stati di una gentilezza estrema. Cibo buono, in particolare i formaggi ed i gelati sono eccezionali

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the food here and the waitstaff is wonderful!

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vipNurika
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just brought my mom from out of town and we loved the whole experience. Our server was right on, the cocktails were great snd the pasta superb. It’s also a great place in center city to have a classic Sunday spaghetti and meatballs dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Meh the food is meh

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Kavya
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

They made us sit in the rain. They didn’t move us inside when it started pouring outside. We received poor service- we waited 15 minutes to be initially helped by a server and we treated in a rude manner probably because we appeared younger that their typical customers.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best as always.

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vipHollieO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks and service were great! Had a really nice time eating here.

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vipFishtownPhoodie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service!

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vipGloria
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Many places in Philadelphia say they are "Italian." They are not (some are not even Italian -American). Caffe L'Aquila is Italian. The menu itself indicates this (and as such, those coming for the first time are a bit confused at first). Items on the menu are authentic (and there are no crazy, made up dishes often found at other places such as "chicken parm"). Each dish is cooked perfectly (no overdone pasta here). There is a very long wine list, with a good number of wines offered by the glass. Regulars enjoy the specialty menu, which changes weekly, so that they can taste some dish as it is made in a specific region of Italy. Service is appropriately welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable without being overbearingly friendly. Inside, on the second floor, it is quiet and relaxed while downstairs there is a bit more buzz. It is no wonder that this place has attracted a loyal clientele.

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Love2Eat
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

I’m 9th month pregnant and asked the hostess to sit us in a table with sofa. She refused, claiming that it is reserved for a table of 6.
Five minutes later she puts another couple in that same table! So disrespectful! At that minute, my dinner was already ruined.

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vipMARYANNE
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous food!
Homemade pasta.

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 272 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.