1533 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914739.929947 -75.162843
Neighborhoods: Bella Vista/ Southwark, South Philadelphia
Amazing service and DIVINE Italian food! – This place is incredible! The waitress was possibly the friendliest, most informative, and most spirited we've had this side of the Atlantic--she described the specials so eloquently that we wanted each and every one, but obviously couldn't, so she gave us great recommendations that did not disappoint.
The polenta with broccoli rabe, mussels in white sauce, and ricotta cheese special antipasti were scrumptious. From start to finish, we were very, very happy with the cuisine and the attentive waitstaff--by the end, we literally felt like family. While the prices were a bit higher than what you might find at other BYOs in the city, it's definitely worth it.
We both LOVED it. – My date and I heard Tre Scalina was very good, but when we went there and experienced it we found it even better than very good. Both the service and the welcome and help they gave AND the magnificent food itself were such a pleasure that we have spoken for months and months about getting back there "soon". Unfortunately for us we both live rather far from this great culinary delight
NEVER AGAIN – me and my boyfriend went to Tre Scalini last night for valentine's day and let me tell you it was awful. From the 10 minute wait for a DRINK to the practically raw new york strip which was 50% fat
.The only good thing we had were the mussels. Not to mention the table was so small everytime me or him moved we were kicking eachother,plus they put us dead center in the middle of the floor we were center of attention for the wrong reason. I honestly don't think I have anything good to say about this resturant I was highly dissapointed.
Wonderful Experience – This was was first time at this restaurant. My wife and I received a gift certificate from our son for this restaurant. My wife and I have been to all of the local area restaurants but this was a great experience. It seemed as though the waiters Michael & Domenic were bumping over each other to render quality and informative service to my wife and I. The menu had an assorted selection to satisfy everyone. Both waiters were so informative on giving us possible selections. As a result the food was no disappointment. The portions were good and the prices were modest. I spoke with the manager on saturday to tell her of how I felt about the restaurant and the great service. I am recommending it to all, that you have to try this restaurant and you won't be disappointed. Thank You
not what I expected – She was excrutiatingly rude. I went there on a Saturday night, alone. She made me feel as though I were going to, single handedly, destroy the atmosphere of the place. She also took a phone call while I was waiting to be seated. The place was practically empty, and one would have thought any customer at the door should have been treated with a little more respect. And my " server" was beyond pretentious. I have a family that likes to eat out, often. This place will not be seeing any of my family. It is a shame really, because the food was very good. Too bad their staff didn't live up to the quality of the food.
ATTENTION EDITOR!!! Please Update Your Information!!!!! – Tre Scalini's "only" and "current location" since January 2007 is 1915 East Passyunk Avenue they also have a new building and a website. I hope this update has been helpful!!!!!!!
Unwelcoming service – Went to Tre Scalini for nieces 18th birthday. From the word go it was negative. My niece gave are reservation name then was asked the phone number and said we were for 5 and we were 6 we'll they only had two tables dining. The Host/Server michael was very condisending he tried to tell me what i was ordering would not be good. Well i think i know what I like. Through the meal the staff was acting put out through the entire meal. The food was very good. Then we were leaving we were chased down the street like criminals for accidentally taking the signed copy of credit card. we will never return there are to many places to try in this economy resturants should be putting out their best and brightest. this bulb was dull at best.
Great food – I loved the atmosphere and also the service int this restaurant. The black pasta was wonderful and i love the loud fast busy enviorment
Very Disappointed – The food at this restaurant was wonderful. Unfortunately, the service and servers our party of eight encountered last Saturday night were awful. It took almost 3-1/2 hours to eat. Our reservation was 7:30 and we were not even offered bread until 8:15. They ran out of the ?special fish dish? that two in our party ordered. It was so long between courses that by the time our main courses arrived no one was hungry. The servers were clueless and refused to acknowledge that the service was slow. We ordered coffee and one woman wanted hot water with lemon. Her hot water arrived 10 minutes after we all drank our coffee minus the lemon. The server said they were all out of lemon. She questioned another server about the lemon and he was able to bring her some. The problem was that they were out of cut lemon slices. The server had to cut her a piece. When we tried to pay our bill, we were told that that the policy of the restaurant was that they could only accept three credit cards; the other couple would have to pay cash. This was not posted nor were we told when making the reservation or by the server when we ordered our dinner. Since the other couple did not bring cash, they eventually took the fourth card but it took another half hour. Despite the wonderful food I would not recommend this restaurant. There are many other establishments where the food is good and the servers are trained to make the customer feel they are worth a slice of lemon.
Not the typical spaghetti and meatballs – This place is great. It's no wonder they've been in business for so long. One of the things that impressed me the most was the service. For example, our server wouldn't take my empty plate away until my husband had finished his meal -- this is very old school but it's proper serving etiquette (I'm a real stickler for details). Clearing my husband's plate while I'm still eating always makes me feel rushed. I can't say enough how delightful it was to be in a restaurant where the staff seemed genuinely flattered to have you there. No wonder, we soon learned that our server was part owner (his wife is the hostess and his mother-in-law is the chef).
They recently expanded and moved down the street from their original (small) location to a larger venue. The two adjoining dining rooms are set up in a way that accommodates larger parties in one room but also leaves smaller tables for couples and foursomes. I appreciated the way they spaced everyone out - a lot of BYOs try to cram as many tables in as possible, to the point where you're often seated less than a foot away from the couple next to you.
We indulged in a three course meal and enjoyed every part of the meal. To his credit, our server tried to talk us out of ordering so much food (he was right - we took home a doggie bag).
For his "prima plati" my husband had mussels which were large and succulent and came in a lovely, light broth (excellent for the bread!) For our "secondi" we both had absolutely amazing homemade pasta. My husband's gnocchi was probably the best I've ever had. for me, nothing beats a great tomato sauce and Tre Scalini does not disappoint. Our final course was a lamb dish which was tasty but I prefer mine a little rarer -- I asked for "medium rare" and it arrived medium. Although, I must state that my husband disagreed with me and thought it was excellent.
Needless to say, we did not have room for dessert, but are looking forward to returning.
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