1701 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910339.947525 -75.169842
Mon. - Sun. 11:30am - 2:30pm
Neighborhoods: Rittenhouse Square, Center City
lafontanadellacitta – If you like to eat the real italian food go eat to la fontana i go to lafontana and they treat my like a king the servic was the best
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE and did I say HORRIBLE? What is the appeal of this place? Someone please tell me – We just had dinner there tonight. We had 11 people in our party and we had been there before and were very excited for a good meal and nice dinner. I guess since we went during the week and early, it was much better. Tonight, was SAt night.
It was HORRENDOUS. We were seated next to the door that the waitstaff go in and out of--11 people!!! Not to mention, the 11 of us were at a table for 8 people so me, my husband and my father (who is 64) had to sit in the aisle. The waitstaff were nice, but they bumped into us a million times, my dad had a few plates bump the back of his head, we had the dirty dishes from other tables lifted over our heads the whole meal as they entered into the kitchen and the table was very wobbly. I was kicked in the back and bumped by the waiter who was serving the table behind us because there was not enough room! Everyone was squashed--it only seemed like that on the upper level, but unfortunately, that is where we sat. We literally had to scream to talk to each other and I was about to be arrested if the stupid wait staff dinged my head with a dish one more time.
We were there for my brother-in-laws 40 birthday. What a shame-we could not even all sit at the table together, the food was brought out at many different times and I couldnt hear a word in that place due to being so overcrowded. I understand want to make money, but sitting a large party of 11 people near that door was ludicris.
I will never go back there and I will be telling all my friends what a horrible place it was.
The food was eh. The salad was 7.00 and all it was, was some lettuce on a plate. Come on-at least put a tomato or something. I got chicken cacciatore and it was 17 bucks for a flattened piece of chicken that was prob 3 oz with some tomato, onion and roasted pepper. NEVER EVER EVER AGAIN
Rude, rushed service and so-so food – I understand that Friday night is a busy night for La Fontana, but this does not excuse the fact that they rushed us--in an unacceptably rude manner. My party arrived 20 minutes late, but I had called beforehand to notify them of this and they said it was fine.
When me and my party of 9 arrived, they said that there was a party arriving one hour later and that we had to finish our meals by then. Again, I understand that it was a busy night and that we were a little late, so we didn't mind. However, the server told us this in an impatient, arrogant manner. I must admit that I was taken aback by this rude attitude; however, not to ruin the mood of the evening, I just brushed it off and forgot about it.
During dinner, the waiters, though polite, rushed as and we definitely felt their persistent pressure. They told us to quickly choose our options and also physically took away our bread plates long before we were finished. TO ADD FURTHER INSULT TO INJURY, at one point during our group's conversation, the same server (who had rudely talked to us early) was passing by our table, turned to us, and loudly SHUSHED US. Excuse me?! We felt like children being berated by a schoolteacher. I did not think that we were, by any means, being louder than to our surrounding chatter and, absolutely by no means, loud to the extent that warranted a rude SHUSH. He could definitely have been polite about this.
These types of actions are not only absolutely unacceptable from a classy BYO but from decent human interaction.
Furthermore, if the food is a consideration, it was so-so and by no means spectacular. I feel that their selling point is more about the portion size than the quality.
There are too many excellent BYOs and good restaurants in Philly for you to waste your time in this one.
Great Service – I went to this restrount right after I proposed they were amazing. I droped off a bottle of champan earler in the day when I came in with my new feince they knew right away to bring out the champan with out any direction from me or me asking for it. The service was great and the food was amazing. I simply love this place!
The best Italian Resturant in Philadelphia – I go to La Fontana Della Citta alaways.It,s remeber me the the Italian food i eat in Roma.Milano and Bolzano.If you want to eat the real Italian food go and eat to La Fontana
Small parties ONLY!!!!!!! – I went here for my birthday with about 10 friends. We were seated approximately an hour after our reservation time. In the meantime we had to wait outside ( what if it was raining, or freezing cold?).
The food was definitely good. I was a little bothered that one of the waiters brough a plate of veal in a cream based sauce my friend ordered and it had a puddle of tomatoe sauce in it. He actually told her that some spagetti sauce had accidently spilled in it......Ummm so why would you even bring that out...:-/.
I mostly gave 4 stars because the hostess was very nice. helpful and apologetic and pretty much did the best she could under the circumstances.. She is certainly their best asset. We also got some appetizers on the house for the delay. The food was good and all in all i had a good time.
I reccomend you make reservations for no more than 2. Anything over that seems to be a little overwhelming for them.
Wonderful food, TERRIBLE SERVICE! – We went to Fontana for my friends 25th birthday dinner. We made reservations 2 weeks in advance and arrived 10 mins before our reservation. We were not seated for an hour! To add insult to injury, the owner was indignant when i complained about the absurdity of the situation to him! "What do you want me to do, its full" he retorted. They had nowhere to seat us because there is no bar or foyer so we had to hang around in the corner until they were ready to seat us and HOUR after our reservation time. I only gave 3 stars because the food was EXCEPTIONAL! I will certainly give them that. I'd recommend going only when you have nothing else planned for your evening.
absolutely terrrrrrrible! – I, along with 4 other women, made a 6:30 reservation for a Saturday. After the server placed our order he came back to tell us that the prices for the appetizers would be double!! (Not listed on the menu) Let's just say that a $20 plate of fried calamari was not worth it! The other plates were not good (eggplant rollatini was slop, mozzarella was old and rubbery, mushrooms were soggy and hadn?t been drained properly.) $20 bucks for each of these is just ridiculous. At the end they had the audacity to put an automatic gratuity on the check. Nowhere had that been specified on the menu for certain table sizes. When I asked for it to be taken off and to speak to a manager the server had the nerve to start yelling at me.
I really felt like we were taken advantage of and never have I been so disappointed and downright furious at a restaurant.
Wonderful Restaurant – I highly recommend this restaurant. The food and service are excellent. I have been there numerous times and it never disappoints.
Average Food and Service – I have been to almost every BYO in philly, and all I can say about this one is that it is average. The food was good, but nothing creative or exceptional. The service was also average- they were very polite but also forgot to get us an ice bucket 3 times for our wine. If you are in the area and want some good food, I would recommend it. But there are also very good BYO's around the corner that I think offer a more original menu.
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