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Posted by Anonymous on 03/10/2013
Great food (from the bread through to all of the desserts), really nice atmosphere, good service - every time (been there at least 20 times...)!
Posted by Jessica R on 06/20/2012
I recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves great Italian food, because they will not be disappointed! I've dined multiple times here for a few years. I'm a vegetarian and the menu is slightly more limited for me, but I wholeheartedly endorse the Eggplant Involtini app--so delicious! Their desserts and coffees are enjoyable as well, especially because I always appreciate a place that leaves you with a good taste. Service is great--they all pull together, so someone is always there to refill water, hand out silverware, etc--and Chef Steve is incredibly friendly. I think you get it: I like the restaurant.
Posted by Dennis on 12/11/2011
GREAT food and GREAT service. There were 8 in my group we all loved the food and the service from our Appetizer's to our Dinner's.
Posted by ESH on 12/11/2010
One of our favorites in Center City. Food is always consistently terrific. I just can't understand Center City's seeming penchant for noisy, busy restaurants with over-salted food. Casta Diva is intimate, comfortable and you can have a conversation without shouting. While I'd like to see some more varied specials from time to time, the gnocchi, chicken and bronzino are stand-outs. The caesar salad is also terrific, if at times a bit small. This place makes for a fine Saturday dinner out.
Posted by Billy D on 03/08/2010
While small and fully packed on a Saturday night, the restaurant didn't seem overly crowded or loud. Service was efficient and friendly. Food was excellent from start to finish. Definitely will be going back to try a few more dishes from the menu. It's a little on the expensive side, but certainly worth it.
Posted by GZA on 04/27/2009
I had the ricotta-stuffed gnocchi with wild-boar sauce. I liked it, but didn't get much in the way of ricotta flavor. Also, as I was admittedly polishing off the dish, I realized that the wild-boar sauce tasted an awful lot like the microwave beef stroganoff I ate in my student days. Even so, it was pretty darn good, and I would consider ordering it again. My companion had the pasta all'amatriciana, which she loved. We both had stomachaches afterward, though. And I'd be hard-pressed not to attribute these to the food we had. But in the end, they were nothing serious. I would say the gain was probably worth the pain. As for the service, aside from their taking an eternity to bring the bread out, it was unimpeachable. The window seat we had was also quite pleasant. The prices were a bit on the high side for such a quasi-trattoria, but not surprising, given the location. Our bill came out to about $45 per person with appetizers and dessert. All in all, I can't say I hesitate to recommend this cozy little spot.
Posted by eandc on 03/31/2009
we finally got to eat at caffe casta diva with some new friends after reading great reviews....well, let me tell you, it was worth the wait! it was cozy yet elegant and the food and service were superb! if you like byobs, don't miss this one!