Weekly Pasta Special
Cacio e Pepe
Weekly Steak Special
For a neighborhood moderately-priced restaurant, L'Anima is excellent. Just keep your expectations in line with this reality. It is not Gran Caffe L'Aquila. It's a trattoria in a neighborhood that desperately needed such a place (anyplace really to eat). Menus items are inventive, or perhaps more-or-less standard Italian with trendy twists (e.g., octopus in a lemon cream sauce). Portions tend to be Italian-American (not Italian); that is, large. Prices truly are moderate, and being BYOB is greatly appreciated. Service was attentive. Noise level -- the huge advantage once the weather is good is that there is a very large, paved area outside the restaurant (which is L-shaped). In fact, that area has more room for tables than inside. This area existed before the pandemic (why the developer of this recently built apartment building left so much vacant space is unknown). It is pleasant in good weather. The noise level inside is higher because of the industrial look with all hard surfaces (nothing soft at all to absorb sound so the noise level rapidly escalates as the place fills up).
Great spot overall. It’s byo which is an added bonus. We came in to try the cacio e Pepe which we heard was unbeatable. Every dish we ordered was amazing! I’ll definitely be back. Highly recommend the fried burrata if it’s on the specials. A friend and I split two apps and an entree and the servings were perfect.
The food is excellent, and so is the service. We sat inside, though the outside seating looked really nice—next time I think I’d choose to sit outside in fine weather. Waiter was attentive, helpful, personable.
Restaurant was a little noisy. Food was good but not great. The pasta special was strange but ok octopus with pasta and cream sauce Italians don’t mix daily with seafood. Now I know why. My bronzino had and overly charred taste that overwhelmed the fish. The calamari and shrimp charing was less and ok.
The music was so loud it was almost as if it was a club. Furthermore, even the songs were like that of a club. Loud, repeated noise. “Ice, ice baby. Ice, ice baby. Ice, ice, baby” on and on for example. Did not seem the type that would go with the clientele and it seems the young staff were completely mistreating the type and sound of music. I will thank that after I asked twice if they could lower the music they finally did. The food was amazing but please have a talk with staff about music and volume
We sat outside in the plaza under shelter enjoying the corner ambience at this fast upscaling neighborhood. Excellent service from Julio, they have good server to patron ratio so you are never waiting. Food was fine., I would wprk my way around the menu abit more before saying if it could stand up to other excellent Italian BYOBs.
We were a party of 4 and shared the crespelles (a special) and the meatballs. For the main courses two of us had the salmon special, I had the squid ink pasta, and one person got the pork. Every one of these dishes was excellent. The desserts were tempting and we got one of each of the 4. The molten chocolate cake was the best, although the others were really good too. The evening would not have been the same without our server, Adam's friendly and professional service.
Pinza was very tasty, the amatriciana was excellent and so was the strip steak. Gelato OK not great, but the olive oil cake was really good.
Thank you for a fabulous dining experience for my husband's birthday. The service was perfect and the food was outstanding! I'm so thrilled to have this restaurant in my neighborhood!!
Great food and great service. Lovely outside space with tables
spaced far enough apart. Definitely recommend.
We dined outside early Saturday evening (reservation was for 5:15) and there were lots of families with small children/infants. The service was great, the children joyful (and quiet), and the food delicious.
Very limited menu. Please read the menu before you go.
I got pork chop but not much more to pick from in my menu.
Service was outstanding.
One of our favorite restaurants, the food is beyond outstanding.
One of the best Philadelphia restaurants for outside dining.
Wonderful family birthday celebration. We had 12 or 14 different dishes and loved everything. Our new favorite restaurant!.
We celebrated our anniversary with friends and it was absolutely fantastic. Excellent food and great service. What more do you want?
Great safety measures and spacing inside, lovely outdoor space ... meal was pretty much flawless!
The service was excellent, it was so nice to have the courses be spaced out and not served on top of one another. We were not rushed and were able to really appreciate the food and the setting. The Branzino dish was dripping in oil, literally too much oil was applied and I ended up leaving half of the dish. The appetizers of Burrata cheese and prosciutto were excellent and very generous in portions. The carbonara pizza was delicious and highly recommended, we will definitely be back!
I unfortunately came away from my meal at L'Anima disappointed. My companion and I started with the tuna crudo and the mozzarella pinsa, both of which were fairly bland, the pinsa in particular just made no impression on me at all beyond the fact that it was cheese and bread. We followed with the biggest let-down of the night: the cacio e pepe. Oddly enough it was served with tubular pasta rather than spaghetti or tonnarelli, and it just looked like it had sat in the window for too long before coming out to us. Rather than silky and emulsified, the sauce and chunky and congealed. Really really disappointing.
What completely saved the meal, however, was the tonnarelli, exactly the kind of dish we were looking for. A gorgeous pile of dark pasta and salty tuna balanced perfectly with the spice and funk of the 'nduja that I've been thinking about since we finished it (with the excellent house bread). We finished with the grigliata, which had a lovely char from the grill but was otherwise unremarkable.
Service was excellent, and I was particularly pleasantly surprised to find my bottle of prosecco, which I had left on the table when I went to use the restroom, already in a chiller with two flutes waiting for me when I got back. That's attention to detail! The espresso was also excellent.
I really want to come back and try the rest of the pastas - with the tonnarelli being as good as the cacio was bad, maybe there's some balance to be found in the rest of the menu?
The food was promptly served and was exceptionally good
we love the cacio e pepe, amatriciana, and their specials are amazing. perfect little neighborhood spot with outdoor dining :)
Welcome and service were exceptional. Very friendly without being too chummy. Good was very good and pricing is fair. great atmosphere outside and everyone appeared to be safety conscious.
I love places like this nestled just outside of the chaos....the hustle and bustle of central city...we found a parking spot outside. Byob, i like that , alot ; A syrah too bold for the light and fresh apps, but just right for the ravioli in a truffle cream sauce and neopolitin inspired pizza. The caesar salad wasnt traditional....spring mix instead of usual romaine...blistered tomatoes. The dressing was the salty and richness that i like...and the anchovies were not the hairy salty specimens we’re used to. The procsiutto from the fettunta was slightly thicker than i like. the ravioli with truffle cream sauce and mushrooms was very rich and creamy...maybe slightly more truffle would be fair. mushrooms cooked 30 seconds less ,maybe. the salmon was excellent, cooked medium ,very moist with a crispy skin....lemon bur blanc sauce fresh and rich. didnt care for the potatoes it came with...novice. the plain pizza my dining partner-in-crime got had great texture, crispy crust but chewy body...the cheese was good but lacked a real bite...the dough needed more salt...the fresh mozz was light and creamy....nothing to write home about overall with this plain one...maybe id give the others a shot instead. overall id definitely come back as their menu has many more tasty options id give a try. i like how the place is small and personal.
Lovely restaurant with excellent food and service
Excellent food; good service. Very good value. will return very soon
So quick and great pasta! Plus BYOB - you cant go wrong here.
Wonderful meal and wonderful server!
L'anima is always amazing, but after a miserable winter there's nothing like sitting outside and eating squid ink linguine with cab, where the grated lemon zest and parmesan gets caught on the breeze and combines with the smell of the fresh baked focaccia drizzled with virgin olive oil, while the sparrows cheep and the tinkle of silverware on wine glasses make you realize that you are eating one of the great meals in Philly, one that's a reward for getting through the pandemic and you just want to sit outside and imagine you're in Capri, forever.
So go and get a table at L'anima, today.
Wow - I can’t believe we have been missing out on this neighborhood gem! Best meal we’ve had in a while. The specials were amazing and we loved the desserts too! Can’t wait to go back
Delicious meal! Menu had different options but not overwhelming.
Always have the best time here! Food is superb and staff is fabulous! 10/10 recommend!!
L’anima is my favorite neighborhood place. The food is truly amazing.
For starters, the food was delicious. Once my husband and I, received our Hors’ d’oeuvres, I knew it would be a great experience. For such a quaint spot, BYOB, the food was spot on in my opinion. I think the locals have a nice jewel in L’Anima. Looking forward to my next date with my husband to go back.
Good food and great service.
Service was great, we liked the decorations, food was pretty good. Not amazing, but definitely good value.
Absolutely did not follow the 50% capacity rule, restaurant was freaking jam packed and every inside table was filled. Definitely avoid until Covid passes.
I am so happy I found this place, we went for Valentine’s day dinner and I was blown away. The pork meatballs were so delicious and the entrees were just incredible. The staff was so attentive and overall this was such a great restaurant and I will be coming back
The food was amazing!!! Ambiance was also a real treat! Don’t forget the galato!!! Made in-house and oh my goodness it was awesome!!! Parking is very hard to come by. If you’re going to head over take an Uber or if your feeling spry, you can park in the Sprouts garage off Broad and walk over.
Super yummy bread, pasta, and desserts!! Love that it’s BYOB. Service is great and social distancing of tables is great!
L’Anima is a cozy, friendly, modern neighborhood spot that serves delicious food. Everything about this place is quality, I love it here!
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L'Anima is rated 4.8 stars by 459 OpenTable diners.
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.