Trattoria Carina

4.7
112 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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, aperol spritzes, and dirty martinis. Should guests choose to BYO, there is no corkage fee. Trattoria Carina is open seven days a week for dinner starting at 5:00 PM.

* Outside tables are seated on a first come first serve policy. Outside table cannot be held with reservations.
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Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

everything we ordered was really delicious. the waiters were just right, attentive, friendly, without overdoing it. they were also helpful with suggestions

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d
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot. Delicious fresh pasta with a wonderful friendly atmosphere.

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Way too tight. I had to listen to the couple next to us fighting. We paid $90 to do that. Food was excellent and location convenient to our home so we went. Will think very long before going again

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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cannot rave enough; the ambiance & service were sublime. Meatballs to die for. Ditto tiramisu. There was one entree that fell short of spectacular and they immediately offered something else, took it off the bill and did not charge for the replacement.

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PL
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool little neighborhood spot in a great location right on the corner of a beautiful residential street. The ambiance is perfect - cozy yet modern and vibrant. The service was honestly some of the best we've ever experienced - our waiter was attentive and just had a great, positive and engaging personality that made our experience that much better. We would have to go back and try more things to really give the food a fair rating, but the branzino and chicken parm dishes were very good, but I wouldn't say they were great. We've certainly had better versions of these dishes at other local restaurants. I'd give it a B+. The one major disappoint for us personally was that they didn't have gluten free pasta. Being that it's a menu where the majority of the Mains are pasta dishes, you would think they would offer it to accommodate those with gluten allergies or intolerances. Makes no sense to me. Unfortunately we probably won't go back for that reason, unless we hear that changes.

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were both great; but too many diners crammed into a small space makes for a noisy and nosy experience

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food. Chicken Parm was amazing. Highly recommend

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fulfills it’s mission to be a reasonably priced neighborhood Italian. Close packed tables in a noisy box of a room. The loudly drunk ladies at the next table made conversation hard at times. Food was excellent. Service folks were gracious and knowledgeable but not attentive - kept running out of water, bread, olive oil, our discretely waving hands went unseen. Nonetheless look forward to going back with my family.

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C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing place! First time here and we will definitely be back. Service, ambiance and food were incredible. Some of the better food we have had in the city, and we’ve eaten all over. Brunch was amazing had the brioche/mascarpone toast special, meatballs, potato/onion tart and the eggs alla Anna. Everything was so damn good, this is also coming from a chef in the city. Can’t wait to come back for dinner!

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Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first trip to Trattoria Carina. Everything was wonderful. The menu was different and fun. The food was beautifully prepared by a chef who obviously cared about what he was creating. The waitstaff was lovely. They were warm, friendly, and eager to make our birthday celebration a very happy one. We'll be back soon!

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MM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't had the pleasure of dining at Carina you should book your reservation immediately. Some of the best food in center City Philadelphia. The new chef is doing wonders with the menu. Also, check out her brunch service on the weekends. It's amazing!!!!!

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T
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were both excellent. Definitely recommend brunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 2

It was a very small restaurant. The service and staff were very friendly and awesome.,however, I hated the seating arrangements. That was the only downside. Food was heavily seasoned.... spicy or peppery!

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L
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent!

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j
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch for restaurant week. My husband’s favorite restaurant in Philadelphia.

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LL
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually pretty good but if you are an Italian trattoria and your broccoli rabe comes out mushy and brownish in color, disappointing. However, they immediately apologized and removed from bill. I chalk it up to Restaurant Week crowd.

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J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always perfect!! One of our favorite spots in the city. Doesn’t get any better ❤️ Best carbonara outside of Rome!!! 😄

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S
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we have had in a while.
Staff is beyond friendly. Feel like we knew them
forever.
Will come back and Recommend very highly

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K
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing neighborhood spot with great ambiance, food, wine, and staff.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and superb service. I real gem!!

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TR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly excellent hand made pastas and very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Having lived in Italy for four years and married an Italian/Croatian I can say with conviction that Trattoria Carina is the real deal!

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MG
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thursday evening, Trattoria Carina was bustling with many diners. Since this restaurant opened in our neighborhood we've been wanting to try it. It's a gem. There's no corkage, even though they have a limited drink menu, so effectively it's a place where you can be served a cocktail, then open your own bottle of wine. Caesar salads were fresh; broccoli rabe sautéed with garlic in oil to perfection. Branzino was fresh and served with short, perfectly-cooked pasta. The special, a ragout of chicken and truffles over pasta, was flavorful, pasta well cooked (meaning al dente), and portions generous. You may watch your food being prepared, as the kitchen is open. Our meals were delicious and it's a place near home to which we will return.

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Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual dining experience with excellent food, and service. Very pleasant staff. My second visit was NewYears Eve, looking forward to my third visit and so on.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please get the bruschetta! It was amazing.

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cozy Italian restaurant with delicious, authentic Italian menu.

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m
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Carbonara dish was bad no one could eat it. chicken parm was dry and tasteless. octopus was decent.

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S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best brunch we have had in years. Thank you for making our Christmas celebration so special!

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SB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Just an overall great neighborhood spot. Will go again and again.

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AW
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food. It was great and we will be back again.

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New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service. Much improved compared to Fitler Dining Room. Would recommend for sure. The meatballs were great, as were the pastas.

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s my third time and continues to be a very delicious meal!

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RP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our fav neighborhood spot

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food, outstanding service, fantastic dining experience. highly recommended!!

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place with good food and friendly staff.

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D
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

It is billed as excellent Italian. Ziti overcooked. Pork too salty. Would not customize order. So servings are not made to order. Wine poor. Wait staff did not show in depth experience. Overpriced for the quality
There are at leat four other Italian restaurants nearby that are far superior.
Too noisy.

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E
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved everything about it...except the parking...which is horrendous. Food was outstanding, and nice, casual ambiance.

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JC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite neighborhood spot

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a warm and friendly atmosphere , with great service, and the food was creative and delicious!

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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff, intimate and adorable setting, and the best chicken parm I've ever had. I didn't realize they are both full bar & BYO, good to know for next time!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite!!!!!!!

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