Trattoria Totaro

4.6
40 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

Savor delicious Italian cuisine at Trattoria Totaro. This family-owned restaurant specializes in simple home-style Italian recipes served in cozy surrounds. The menu revolves around regional favorites like ravioli, homemade Alfredo and shrimp scampi. Dishes are cooked to order using fresh ingredients and homemade pasta. The restaurant also serves seafood, veal, beef and chicken entrées. Try the rib eye special for a juicy steak dish, topped with onions, cheese and mushrooms. Bring your favorite bottle of wine along for the perfect dining experience.

Trattoria Totaro is an ideal pick for a quiet dinner or an intimate meal with a loved one. In addition to its dining menu and lunch specials, the kitchen offers a corporate menu designed to fit the needs of private events. Trattoria Totaro is open every day of the week.

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TK
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is ridiculously good for the price for lunch. Salad size was larger than most for the cost of what most restaurants charge for a side salad. We reserved a table ahead on Open Table, total number of tables is small but food is so good I wanted to make sure we had a table at lunch time.

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S
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great family, local restaurant. We have never been disappointed. It”s noisy but happy. Shrimp and swordfish were very good.

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L
Philadelphia
95 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first try at Trattoria Totaro. It's small and because it's BYOB, there is no bar to wait for your table. If there weather is nice, you can wait outside. It was pouring rain so we had to crowd inside for 40 minutes (although we were on time for our Sat. night 8:30 reservation). It appeared there were only 2 servers for both rooms. People must have really enjoyed themselves because they were glued to their seats!
The menu is extensive and huge! The first starter we ordered, the lobster ravioli they were out of, so we ordered the garlic clams to share. They were delicious. The sauce was perfect for dipping the homemade bread, which unfortunately was so good, it filled you up for the next course. The main courses are HUGE. I had the whole branzino over linguine with crab and my husband had veal vivian? Both were good, just too much. We took more than half of each home for dinner the next night (we switched who ate what). Although we were stuffed from our entrees we found room to snarf down a shared perfect piece of key lime pie for dessert! Not a crumb was left.
After two very large parties left the restaurant the noise level abated and then they put on overhead music, way too loud to drown out conversation! We could have done without the music. Overall, we enjoyed the food, could have done with smaller portions. Felt bad for the servers. It's kinda of an old fashioned Italian family run restaurant I remember from growing up. I would have preferred less choice, smaller portions, and quieter. Then they would have gotten five stars.

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s
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

TOO NOISY impossible to talk wont go back
Meals large

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CH
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is incredible. All four of us loved our dishes. Flavors were perfect. Amazing. Friendly service. It is loud because it is always crowded. But worth it. Go.

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DB
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Hopefully it was an off night for the restaurant. Service was poor at best. Large menu with options. Entrees are sizable; minor up charge for sharing. A good red gravy joint

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was excellent except we had to wait 45 minutes for our food once our order was taken.

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DC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

had an 8:00 reservation and were not seated until 9:15. They apologized but never offered us anything in compensation. We pre-ordered our appetizers while waiting and still waited another 10 minutes to be served. We had the Veal Vivian and Bolognese Pasta. The veal was very tender but was just a mix of bland flavors and would have been much better with just a simple sauce such as piccata.  The veal was lost in the mush of ingredients. The Bolognese was flavorful but so disappointing in the fact that it was served with an angel hair pasta, so we were basically eating the Bolognese sauce with a pasta lacking flavor or texture. It was the first time I have ever been served Bolognese that wasn’t with spaghetti, penne or a traditional tagliatelle.

Maybe they were having an off night in the kitchen but the lack of concern from the staff (never saw any management) was disappointing. At least it was a BYOB restaurant so we enjoyed some nice Brunello, so the evening was not ruined. It was just sad that no one offered us a treat from the kitchen or a free dessert, that would be the norm in quality establishments. We will not be going back or recommending Trattoria Totaro but the good news is Philadelphia has some of the best Italian food I have had outside of Italy , so plenty to choose from.

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b
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & Service both Outstanding
I've been to parties here also. They do a tremendous job!

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A
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect neighborhood spot for home cooked Italian food- their pasta is amazing! All of it. And Grandma's home cakes for dessert... highly recommend this relaxed BYOB. Always make a reservation as it is a small restaurant. They also can easily accommodate large parties with enough advance notice.

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JC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service as always! We especially love the homemade pasta and the fact that it’s byob!

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k
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Never disappointed always fresh and delicious. A tiny place with a big wow. Menu is very extensive.

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J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good!

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JS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There were 2 larger parties in the room that were very loud. It was difficult to have a conversation. Otherwise it was great.

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CC
Philadelphia
318 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

They do make some of 'em like they used to - TT is one of the few places you can still go to get top quality house made dishes prepared and presented by people who care about you and about what they do. The rooms are "rustic" to be sure - this is a simple neighborhood Italian restaurant like they all oughtta be! The four of us split orders of mussels, calimari, and clams before enjoying our main courses. Everything was outstanding - an order each of osso bucco, pork chop, pescatore, and pasta left us very happy (and with barely enough room for 2 orders of cannoli). Wonderful as always!

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TA
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places! Always good food and friendly service.

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k
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing dinner every entrée was delicious and plated beautifully. We can’t wait to go back.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm service and the best Italian food I have ever tasted. Grandmother's secret recipe chocolate cake melted in my mouth. We are absolutely returning. Just sad I forgot to bring home my leftovers.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was fantastic !!! My cousin was visiting rom upstate NY and she said this was some of the best ravioli she had ever had !!!! Our was very pleasant and gave us great recommendation !! Loved our dinner here ..

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EB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Undoing my prior “bad” review, as apparently I did receive a voicemail message but never received it! I LOVE this restaurant and will be back soon. Literally the best vegetable lasagna I’ve ever had. And do yourself a favor, get the chocolate cake!!! And even the vanilla cake!!

Trattoria Totaro
Responded on February 28, 2019

Eileen- Thank you for your review. You were contacted the morning of your reservation, however your mailbox was full, leaving us unable to leave a message. The chef/ owner had to go into emergency heart surgery over the weekend, which is why we had to close on Sunday.We are a family run restaurant and our main concern was our fathers health at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

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b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dining spot in Conshohocken. Our party of three all indulged in the delicious OssoBuco with broccolini di rapi. Good service and the price for the quality of food was exceptional. Kudos to the chef, Vincent.

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l
Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular meal as always! Thank you for your kind hospitality Victoria. The pescatore was ON POINT!

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G
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this BYOB is fantastic. Victoria makes sure our entire group is always pleased. The kitchen goes above and beyond to accommodate my “clean” way of eating.

We have been making this a weekly visit and look forward to many more terrific nights.

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p
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been at “Vince and Donna’s” score of times. Always great for every occasion.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! We each had a different dish and they were all amazing. The waitstaff was friendly and offered great recommendations. Such a great little BYO! Can't wait to go back again.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

MY favorite restaurant. Food is outstanding. Never had a dish that I didn’t like.

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g
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, it was wonderful! The food and service was great!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service — very happy with our meal!

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M
Philadelphia
92 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went to dinner with a friend it was really nice and the best thing besides the food is BYOB!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We showed up and were informed that the reservation was cancelled. We were not offered an explanation or apology. They did not call or provide any notice.

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love BYO's and found this one to be excellent. We will come again, just the two of us, without my mother-in-law!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

New Year’s Eve, fixed menu, most choices I’ve ever seen on a fixed menu. Food was delicious. Mix of fine dining and neighborhood restaurant.

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RC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went here for NYE. Wasn’t aware there was a set menu with no prices listed. Not a good selection of entres for an authentic Italian restaurant. Barely touched dinner and were totally taken back by the very expensive bill. Almost $200 with tip. One and done!

Trattoria Totaro
Responded on January 3, 2019

Rich- I am sorry that you had that experience with us. We pride ourselves in offering a huge selection of Italian classics with an upscale approach. On New Years Eve, being a BYOB, it is important for us to offer a fix-price menu. I am sorry you were unaware of this, you should have been informed. I hope if you ever do choose to dine with us in the future you will be impressed with our extensive menu, as most of our long time patrons are.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went here for NYE. Only the chefs menu was available which was fine by us until we realized when we got the bill it would cost $100 per person (and this is a BYO). The food was good. Not great and definitely not worth the price tag. Probably won’t go back again. The server was decent but we didn’t have water for most of our meal which was a disappointment.

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B
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint and cozy
Great little place with great food and outstanding service

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S
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the service outstanding.

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LW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pleasantly pleased for the size of the restaurant. Food was excellent. Would definitely visit again.

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KW
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Italian fine dining gem- just a hair off the beaten path. A wonderful BYOB that allows you to choose the beverage pairings. We were a table of six- the food and service were outstanding. This was my first time and will definitely return.

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LK
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit. The table was great. The service was pretty good although I don't believe the server new exactly everything about the menu. The sauce on my dish was way overbearing. I questioned it before I ordered it was explained to me that it was not going to be excessive and it just ruined the dish.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Family owned and operated it is the perfect place to have a business lunch, a quiet dinner with your family or to celebrate happy occasions with extended family. They do everything well. Vince knows how to cook and always keeps the customers happy with plenty of well prepared dishes. His wife and daughters run the front of the house and make everyone feel welcome. Highly recommended and bring your favorite wine as it is BYOB.

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