Trattoria Carina is a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant from the same family as Pub & Kitchen, focused on providing delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere at a great value. Located on the corner of 22nd and Spruce, it’s a charming and easygoing 32-seat trattoria, whose name means “Little Darling” in Italian. The menu changes seasonally, but always features a variety of homemade pastas and classic Italian dishes made up of the freshest ingredients. Trattoria Carina has a small bar program, featuring Italian wines by the glass, seasonal beer options, and a selection of cocktails including Negronis and Aperol spritzes. Should guests choose to BYO, there is no corkage fee. Trattoria Carina is open seven days a week for dinner starting at 4:00 PM.
Basil pesto, mozzarella, baguette
Crispy potato, fennel, Calabrian Chile aioli
Mascarpone mousse, rival bros. coffee, lady fingers
Unbelievable pasta and salads. Servers are friendly and very professional. I would eat her any day, all day!
We had a really great time at Trattoria Carina. Started off with the Cesar salad and burrata. For dinner we had the spicy sausage rigatoni and Gemelli followed by espresso martini’s for dessert. Our server Annabell C was amazing and so helpful! Entree choices and dessert were based off of her recommendations. When we asked for a chocolate martini she suggested the espresso which was just as good! Thanks Annabell!!!!!
Another awesome meal. Server was pleasant and professional. The entire staff was great sending dishes to try from the kitchen. Just a great spot.
Tratorria Carina is a lovely date spot! Food is delicious (especially the bread!). Our server, Sam, is the definition of hospitality!
Quiet spot for lunch for 2. Adorable atmosphere. Limited menu. Very tasty Caesar salad with a delicious and hefty piece of chicken cutlet! Yum. Service was friendly and competent. Right now they are only open for lunch on Fridays.
Our first time here, table of five.. we loved everything. The food was very delicious, several at the table had chicken Parmesan and it was so huge they could barely eat half of it. I had the tagliatelle Bolognese and it was outstanding. I cannot say enough about our servers and all of the staff there. We will be back!
Great Brunch menu. First time for brunch,excellent food. Great accommodations for vegan in group. Chef for our meal many thinks
We went for dinner on Saturday night, seated immediately, very good. Everyone who works here is super friendly. The atmosphere is ho hum, communal like tables, and noisy. The thing that bothered me most was the lighting. Super bright lights as if you are dining in a cafeteria. Major turn off, especially on a Saturday night.
As for the food, it was just ok. The pasta was overcooked and mushy which really distracted from the flavor. Chicken parm was very tender. Really wanted to love it, but it fell short.
My favorite restaurant in the city!
Amazing food, great ambiance
This is a wonderful place. The pasta is delicious. While there is a drink menu, you can bring your own bottle. Great for parties.
It was wonderful, I was a little nervous about the table (it’s one table with a bunch of seats so multiple parties sit at one table) but it was great. A waiter overheard my fiancé and I talking about our wedding and they brought us each a glass of champagne! I also love that it’s BYOB but has alcohol as well. Food was phenomenal, we can’t wait to go back!
Way under staffed for a busy brunch and forgot part of our order.
Wonderful food, wonderful service! The spaghetti alle vongole and bucatini amatriciana were amazing--absolutely perfect pasta, seemingly simple preparations but complex and exciting flavors. I was slightly nervous because my mother is a real foodie, but she loved the food. Our waitress was amazing--welcoming, warm, knowledgeable, with impeccable timing. Everyone we encountered there, for that matter, was awesome--we never once had to ask for anything because everything was anticipated, e.g. our water glasses were never empty, we were never wondering when the food was coming or where menus or flatware or anything were. This was so nice because it allowed my mother and I to have a great conversation that brought us closer together. Thank you, Carina!
Took my girlfriend here for a valentines dinner and had the best experience ever. Great service and ambiance and the food was incredible. Highly recommend to anyone!!!!
Truffle lasagna was ridiculous. One of the best things I've ever had and a solid wine pairing for the 4 course prix fix meal. A little uncomfortable table sitting with my elbows touching the people next to me but not the worst set up in the world
Always the best experience here. Great food, great service, excellent atmosphere.
Amazing food and service! Will definitely return!!
It was amazing. The time we walked in the service was great. Definitely going back ASAP.
The food was delicious...tender, fresh pasta dishes! Great arugula salad. The service was friendly and accommodating. However, the seating is two long rows of tables, which makes for a noisy and elbow-bumping dining experience. If you want intimacy, this may not be the place for your dinner.
This was our first visit and we had read rave reviews. Overall, we enjoyed the meals, the ambience and quality of service. We enjoyed our cocktails and appetizer. My wife enjoyed her entree as well, me, not so much. I had the "Fish of the day," which was a small halibut filet, but it was surrounded by a thick creamy sauce with a few potato pieces. Other than a slice of focaccia with some green sauce, that was it. I thought this was rather pricey. The desserts, gelato and sorbet were well done and tasty.
Beautiful place, great food, amazing service. It was a tad cramped, mildly aggravated by parties nearby having toddlers in a small space, but worth it.
The food was outstanding, the service was terrific! Staff were friendly and attentive. Next I’m in Phillie I will return!!
We had an amazing experience at Trattoria Carina! Not only is the place absolutely adorable but the service was so friendly, welcoming and personable right from the start. We were celebrating a birthday and a big surprise had some great laughs with our waiter who was so into it as well. Oh and the food, every bite of it, was delicious! Would 10/10 recommend!
Love love! And great waiter... he was awesome!
Tasty food, generous serving. Pleasant, efficient staff.
We dined at Trattoria Carina while visiting Philadelphia over the weekend. We loved every minute of the experience. The restaurant is small and intimate, with lots of character. It's great to visit a small neighborhood restaurant instead of the large, loud chain restaurants in large cities. We started with a couple of cocktails, the House Made Meatballs, my husband had the Bucatini Amatriciana, I had the Chicken Parmigiana and for dessert, we shared the Tiramisu. It was a perfect birthday celebration meal with an extra scoop of chocolate Gelato. Plus, our server was so pleasant and helpful, we couldn't have asked for more. Don't miss out on this great restaurant.
As other reviewers mentioned, the space is very small and loud but the food and service make up for those two drawbacks in spades. Expect wonderful pastas and starters but not an easy time at having a private conversation. Will definitely be back.
Loved that the regular menu was offered along side the restaurant week menu for brunch. I had the frittata with cauliflower and broccoli rabe. So very good! Not at all dry. Nice selection of items that are vegetarian friendly. Gemelli with pesto was excellent
May not be as well known as Parc for their brunch, but if you’re looking for a place as tasty, with a cozier atmosphere and friendlier staff then try Trattoria Carina. They have a very nice blend of classic quality breakfast choices and their own signature plates. We loved their meatballs, lemon curd....and their Bloody Marys are fantastic.
I went for restaurant week and it was wonderful. Usuall with restaurant week the restaurants give you smaller portions, but here the portions were huge. The food was delicious, the staff was incredibly sweet and attentive, and the space is intimate and nice.
The food is always very good; the staff is warm and attentive. But the restaurant is much too noisy. Moreover, almost half the seats are at a communal table, which is cramped and lacking the least graciousness. Great for the college crowd, not so great thereafter.
It had been forever since we had been to this neighborhood gem, so when restaurant week gave us a chance - we rolled... The octopus and beans - well, best in the city. The gemelli was a delicious surprise and the bolognese was rich and filling. The tiramisu with the amaro twist was terrific and a great tweak to an old favorite. I love that this is both a BYOB and has a nice bar and wine list. Next time we will tee up a pre-drink cocktail to complement our BYOB wine..
The meatballs were outstanding!!! Nice touch that they served us a glass of champagne on the house because we had to wait for a short ime for our table. Definitely will go back.
Food is amazing. Pasta is best in the city!
Nice 3-course prix fixe menu for New Year's Eve. Pasta dishes were outstanding. I'll be back to try their regular menu.
Best restaurant in Philly
Outstanding service with incredible food. We spent NYE and had the special menu. Simply amazing spot!
Trattoria Carina does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar.
Trattoria Carina is rated 4.8 stars by 338 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.