31 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA | Directions 1900340.007514 -75.289979
Monday through Thursday: 11:30am - 10pm Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm Sunday: 1:00pm - 9:30pm
try the felini's in newtown square – I always have great service at the felinis in newtown square. Service is always very pleasent and the food is rustic and tasty. U should also try there sister resteraunt in broomall called gissepie trattoria (sorry for spelling). But they have a larger resteraunt if u don't feel like being back to back with someone. The ardmore felinis is under different manegment the the two I mentioned so I urge you to try those ones
Will not return. Better pasta next door. – I could not agree more with the last reviewer. We will not return either. If the food was the only thing by which you judge a restaurant, perhaps, but the service was poor and the restaurant kept filling up with larger and larger parties of (barely 21?) college students looking for a BYOB.
After waiting a long time and listening to the specials I order a pizza and am told they don't serve them on the weekend. This is not on the menu. Okay. I order the pasta special. The pasta was undercooked, stuck together and missing a few ingredients the waiter recited.
We dined with our 3 children and asked for child's size portions. When we received the bill, we are charged $12 each for 2 spaghetti & meatball and $9 for spaghetti with butter. The one other time we brought our children there, they charge us $5.95 for each pasta. When we ask the waiter, he makes excuses and then has us talk to the manager. He says he should have charged us $10.95 for the pastas. I guess they make things up as they go? Even in a fine restaurant, I have never paid $9 for buttered noodles. We were offended by this.
The waiter was defensive, overbearing, left water glasses empty and kept us busy handing him things. When we did get water glassed refilled the waiter dripped on me as his elbow was in my face. When he cleared our plates, we asked to take home our pastas, which were never returned to us. That is okay because as he was clearing our plates one of our pasta plates grazed the hair of the woman behind us. Yuck. I waited tables for 7 years in my earlier days and could not believe how consistently poor this service was.
Enough said. For good pasta and pizza go to Primavera a block away. For excellent pasta and fair prices based on quality, even for children, go to Portofino down the street. The service and food are excellent there. For a BYOB, you have many other choices on the Main Line where the service is good and the management and servers are not so hostile.
Overpriced with Mediocre Service – Well, a group of us regrettably decided to try eating at Fellini tonight (in Ardmore). The server was friendly enough, but pushy. She pushed the specials very hard (which were 25% more expensive than anything on the menu), and even challenged one person's order, urging her to upgrade to a "more flavorful" dish. We also had several rounds of "clarifying" the restaurant policies: the pricing on the menu is unclear; several items are not available for dinner, but the menu doesn't state that; and sharing dishes is not permitted (every person must order an entree).
When our food eventually came out (long wait despite not-full restaurant), the portions were very large, but the quality was not what I would expect given the price. My salad had small, grocery-store croutons and the pasta had cheap powdered Parmesan. The bruschetta was flavorless -- sad tomatoes (despite them being locally in season) on semi-crisp bread. The ricotta and asparagus pizza tasted fine, but there were no asparagus tips -- it was like they were saving the tips for the pasta and using only the stalks on the (cheaper) pizza.
The atmosphere wasn't too awful, although it was a little kitschy (lavishly decorated with "Tuscan-inspired" pitchers, which were hung so one couldn't help but see "made in china" and bargain brands stamped on the bottoms). Also, the owner/host was pacing through the restaurant, barking orders at the servers more loudly than any of the other conversations. The overall feel of the dishes and policies was that they were scrimping and cutting corners, which impacted the food and service quality substantially, while hoping that large portions would justify higher prices. Going here was a spontaneous decision, but it's not one I intend to repeat.
A local Gem – If this was a fine dining restaurant, I would give it 5 stars. But because it is a crowded, hot, sweaty, local hole in the wall, 4-max.
All of the traditional, staple dishes on the menu (Penne alla Vodka, Penne bolognese) are very tasty. The portions are great and the prices can't be beat. Most dishes are under 15.
This is a great place to bring a couple bottles of wine and enjoy the chaotic throw the food at you deliciousness.
Be prepared to wait in line.
poor service – I have wanted to eat at Fellini's because it has such a great location. After eating there tonight, I wonder how they are able to compete with the other fabulous restaurants in Ardmore. All three members of my party ordered Paninis, only to be told that Paninis are not made for dinner - which is not mentioned on the menu. So then we decided to order two pizzas. We were informed that because three people were sitting at the table, we must order three meals. We considered adding an appetizer to our order, and were told that an appetizer does not count as a meal. After a few minutes, we decided to leave the restaurant, but said we would pay for our drinks. The waitress made a sarcastic and nasty comment to us, although we were trying to be as nice as possible. We attempted to pay for our drinks with a credit card, but you cannot pay with a credit card unless your order is $15 or more. I would not recommend this restaurant, especially given the plethora of other nice restaurants in the area, due to Fellini Cafe's policies that reflect poor customer service.
Horrible customer service – I ate here on a Friday night and we had to wait and hour (after ordering) for bad food at high prices. I eat Italian a lot and this was by far the worst. I had to ask for my water to be re-filled and once it was the water tasted like soap and there were bubbles on the top of the glass. The worst part of the restaurant was that they must have been cooking a lot of onions because my eyes were burning and watering the whole night. The wait staff couldn't have cared less about the people who were eating.
Horrible service, mediocre food – The food was mediocre at best, but I expected that going in (Looking at the size of the menu alone, there is obviously way too much going on there to be done right).
More importantly, I have never had worse service, anywhere, ever. Sparing the long, full story I'll skip to the end, as it says it all: I went to pay for my mediocre meal, gave them my credit card, and they never gave it back!! They didn't even have the guts, for a full hour, to tell me they "lost" my card. When they did admit it, they said "don't worry, this kind of thing happens all of the time". I had to cancel the card.
S E R V I C E ( ! ! ! ) – Nice little authentic Italian place to eat, but here is my biggest complaint about Fellini's :
The service last time I dined there. Our server " ARIEL " was so slow that you would think that he was taking all that time to make sure he got the order right. " WRONG " I understand that everyone needs a job, but give me break, if Fellini's continues to hire " CHARITY CASES " they soon will have no customers left.
To the owner :
Please make sure that we get professional service next time !
Great service, food and price. – It seems as though one person had one bad experience and feels compelled to condemn the whole chain. Maybe he/she is just a little sensitive. Fellini's is one of our favorite restaurants. I have been there 10 times in the past year and not once have I or my wife ever been disappointed. The service is top notch and courteous, the food is good and the prices are great. The atmosphere lends itself to a traditional Italian feel. The last four times we have dined at Fellini's we were treated with live music, sing-along and free Zambucca at the conclusion of the meal. If you don't like an elbow to elbow dinner than go to Fellini's in Paoli where there is more room or just leave. The point of the restaurant is to generate a family feel. If you do not know this going in, you should have done some more research. I can not stand it when people say "we walked in and the seating was too close"...hello?? The first time I went to Fellini's I knew what to expect and I knew that I liked that kind of atmosphere. Save yourself the trouble by doing a little reading first. Don't go to the restaurant and then bash it because you were too ignorant to do a little research. I grew up eating home made Italian food and although Fellini's is not my grandmother's cooking, it is still very good. I highly recommend it.
Insufficiently cooked chicken – I had been to this restaurant several times in the past and had good experiences.
However, this last time I ordered a chicken based meal. After a few bites I realized that the center of the chicken was raw. Sent it back to the kitchen where it appears that they simply attempted to reheat the meal. When it came back, i was still insufficiently cooked in spots. After complaining to the manager that he should take it back, and drop it from my bill, he insisted on bringing out a new entree.
Ultimately it took them three tries to get it right. And they still charged me full price after wasting a considerable amount of my time. And to add insult, the styrofoam container in which my leftovers were placed leaked on the way home, causing a bit of a mess.
I understand that things sometimes go wrong in a busy place. But by serving poorly cooked food twice, and charging me full price for the bad experience, they have lost me as a customer. The offer of a free desert was nice, but not nearly sufficient for wasting of my time and the distress of knowing that I was biting into raw poultry.
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