Trattoria Carina

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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 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 5:00 PM, as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sunday.

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

The service was impeccable. The bread, which came from Lost Bakery was outstanding,it was served with olive oil and hot chili oil a great combination. The martini was perfection however I didn't love the wine by the glass. The chicken Milanese had a root salad which was unique, my husbands pasta was al dente. The best part of the meal were the desserts made in house. Tiramisu and an upside down apple cake were delish. My husband also had the home made sorbert. Would definitely go back.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Friendly and attention service, very tasty food with good size portions. Downside was we had very bad seating location in between two groups of six. Made for a very loud experience and disappointing considering we had a reservation.

P
Philadelphia
158 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at this new incarnation of this restaurant location. So happy to have good vegetarian options!

BW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very rarely does a restaurant excel at all aspects of a dining experience, but Trattoria Carina did it on Thursday night. Service was warm and professional. Food was EXCEPTIONAL. Unique flavors, like the eggplant appetizer, and the gemelli special, were incredible. Ambiance was perfect - it felt like we were in Europe (until a biker almost collided with a car and we got some Philadelphia spice!). Cannot recommend enough - thanks, Katherine & Sam & Dan!

AR
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Everyone loved their meals. Real treasure.

TA
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the spicy crab Arrabiatta which was incredible - highly recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant!

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OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here after eating at their sister restaurant the Diving Horse in Avalon. Got the special which was Hands down the best pasta dish I have ever eaten! My husband had the chicken parm which was also amazing. Will definitely be going back to try more because everything on the menu looked amazing.

DG
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal. Great food and very friendly service!

G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Let’s just start off by saying prior to our experience today, we had dinner at Trattoria Carina and loved it. However brunch today was extremely disappointing. We ordered the French toast, meatballs, and pasta with a poached egg. After waiting for approximately 45 minutes our food to arrive, the meatballs were cold and the French toast was burnt to a crisp, making it inedible. To make matters worse, it seemed as thought our waitress knew we were going to be upset because after delivering our food, she never came back to check on us. After taking 15 minutes to get her attention, she was unapologetic and removed our dishes. Although the majority of our meal was comped, the lack of professionalism from the restaurant is unbelievable. It’s a shame, as we really did enjoy our first experience but will probably not be returning.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Meatballs are the best part

EB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding !

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was incredible, as always, but the service was exceptionally terrible this time. Very long wait times. The waitress forgot our desert and put it on the table after we were standing up to leave.

BG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Attended as part of Restaurant Week and the service was top-notch.

LC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here for restaurant week / to celebrate my best friend’s birthday early. I had been meaning to try this place for so long and decided to take advantage of restaurant week. The restaurant itself is adorable and sits on a nice corner in the Rittenhouse/Fitler Square area, which makes for a nice experience when you sit outside at Trattoria Carina. The fact that it is BYOB and has its own cocktail menu is awesome. Most importantly, however, all of our food was excellent and super delicious. For entrees, I ordered the catch of the day — tuna — which was seared and seasoned to perfection, while my friend ordered the cacio e pepe, which was both decadent and simple in the best way. Service was good also. Overall, we had a great experience and I will definitely be coming back quite often.

m
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for restaurant week for lunch. Food and Service was amazing, we will come back

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

K
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I LOVED the arugula salad and the egg sandwich. My husband’s Caesar and carbonara were not anything special. We love coming to this spot—since even before it became Carina. It is so quaint—perfect for brunch or a romantic dinner date.
However, we are partial to restaurants where there is a little more space between tables. We could partake in our neighbors’ conversations on either side, and that can be very uncomfortable. We would rather pay more in our check to have less tables crowding this beautiful, little enclave.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Decent meal. Food wasn’t spectacular, but it was good. Service was decent as well; however, they became less attentive and more rushed towards the end of our meal.

HK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO great! Loved the Cacio e Pepe, and our server was so nice and helpful!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing and I loved the decor! Such a cool place to go out to dinner.

AR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there several times in the last few months and as always we are delighted with the food, presentation and wonderful flavors. Our only problem is that we eat too much! Definitely recommend.. Sitting outside on a perfect summer nitfgt only added to our doing leisure as well as the friendly efficient wait staff.

C
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Might have the best meatballs in all of philly. Everything is so good!

C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was good, restaurant was clean and byob option is great. Definitely was hungry after we left though. Was disappointed in the portions especially with the pricing. My breakfast was so small we joked about it the rest of the day. The coffee was super weak also.

l
Philadelphia
67 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

table set up so that you are sitting very close to other people... and also noise level is high.. .so while food is great.. did not like the lack of privacy and intrusion.

M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience here! Great neighborhood spot for catching up with old friends over a good meal! Service was great, food is always delicious. The bright atmosphere is an awesome plus!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Noisy atmosphere without many people. Meatballs served raw. Chopped salad inedible, way too salty. Server never asked how salad was, so I didn’t eat.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful 29th birthday at Carina, the staff and food was amazing as usual.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Was really excited to try this local spot! The food was fantastic and the restaurant was very cute and different. Definitely stop by.

Unfortunately, the service staff did seem overwhelmed. Took almost an hour after placing our order to get our food. After being told our ticket was next up, we saw other food being dropped to other parties. Our server graciously comped some of the items to make up for the delay! Really appreciated that!

Also we did sit at the communal table with a party of two (which the host posed as not-the-best-seat-in-the-house when preparing us to walk over making sure it was ok). We’ve sat at similar situations at other restaurants and enjoyed it! Their play on the communal was a bit tight though. There was a larger party near us that made the communal table a little snug and loud. Would recommend to them to only place smaller parties here. Let the larger parties spread out at a larger table!

Overall pretty good. Will stop by again.

JP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for a more contemporary Italian food experience, this is the place to go in Philly. If its nice outside, sit outside! Everyone on the staff was friendly and fun. The pasts is made in house and everything was delicious. If you're in the mood for Italian food but don't want the old stuffy ambiance of more established Italian restaurants in the market, head here! Fresh, lively and did I mention BYOB??

j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service the best! Wonderful corner spot in Philly, a must try and you will keep going back!

Order the famous meatballs...you won't need dinner!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Chicken parmigiana was over cooked and the cheese was burnt around the edges

MF
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A plus consistently great food i love this place

KM
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

have been here 3x in the last month and it might be my new fave....

TG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trattoria Carina is a fabulous Italian restaurant. They make their pasta fresh every day, and it is outstanding. I have eaten here many times and it never disappoints.

MP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Bread was great, the apperitives were also nice though we didn’t like the the compote on top of the ricotta very much. We ordered two plates of pasta and they were AMAZING: the amatriciana and the special with basil sauce. Service was great too, and it’s a nice plus that the restaurant is BYO. Overall, great experience!!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

It was great food. small inside. You feel rushed with everything coming out. They won’t you let you order just apps and then place your meal order they make you place it all at once. Would like to try it again but sitting outside due to the tight space. It’s also a family style table with multiply party’s next to each other not much arm room

J
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Reasonable prices. Liked that you can byob although they have a liquor license.

ME
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite neighborhood spot.
Food is always amazing and service is impeccable-always!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Best Italian BYO in the city