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La Fontana Della Citta
Posted by jackandbob on 09/27/2014
Went here last Monday for dinner with a girlfriend. It was beautiful, great service and our meal was very good. Although it was restaurant week, she and I chose to order ala carte as they had Langoustine on the menu which is a hard thing to find in Philly. First, our waiter tried to talk us into doing restaurant week, but, as she and I are watching our carbs and do not care for dessert, it was not for us. We each had a salad, then shared a good sized portion of Langoustine accompanied by a plate of grilled vegetables. Delicious! FAST forward to that Friday, when I take my boyfriend in for said Langoustine. A. They offered us restaurant week and we declined. B. We ordered a salad, two apps, and the Langoustine with the grilled veggies. The waiter came back to tell us that on 6 on a Friday, they were A. out of Langoustine, B. then our apps came out Iced cold, and the clams were awful. C. Our "grilled" veggies were a lump of cold roasted peppers, one tomato slice halved, and some cold marinated artichoke hearts. It was a huge dissappointment and we left hungry and got a bite elsewhere. My advice to them would be stay consistent, at the very least, dont run out of your best menu item
Posted by bekim on 02/20/2012
My husband and I enjoyed dinner very much on Thursday evening. A great selection of chicken, veal, seafood and pasta dishes. The food is excellent. Reservations are helpful. Try out this place for some wonderful Italian food. It is BYOB
Posted by Bob on 02/20/2012
Great city dining. this city dining local has nice portions and is very farely priced. It's a byob, and always a fun atmosphere. Good for large groups too
Posted by Anonymous on 12/26/2010
The place was amazing... My family and I went after thanksgiving for my birthday. My mother, father, and I split a seafood pasta and they split it in 3 for us and each portion was huge. My boyfriend got the veal and everyone tried it and said it was the best veal they ever had even my brother who tries nothing new. They turned off the lights in the whole place to sing for my birthday and made me so embarrassed it was so adorable. Prices are extremely cheap for the amazing food. JUST PERFECT! My favorite restaurant in Philly!
Posted by peter on 10/16/2010
This is one of the rudest restaurants I have ever visited. We were so disappointed that I decided to speak with the manager. I was upset for the following reasons. It was so packed that nobody could move around. Not even the waiters to give us water could get to us. We were rushed and told repeatedly that our table will needed for the next party in an hour. We were only there 2 hours. The atmosphere was obnoxiously loud, but this wasn’t really his fault. the menu on the very back page does have a set of rules that everyone must follow including, being considerate with volume, paying extra if you share, 20% tip will automatically be included, etc. The food was mediocre at best for a few reasons: A. overkill on butter to create that “rich” taste but did nothing but make you feel uncomfortably full. B. One of us ordered meatballs with pasta and they forgot the meatballs. To her surprise when she told them they had got it wrong, they brought out a dish with meatballs on it that was had been microwave. You can tell by the rubbery taste to the meat and the fact that the plate was way too hot. I don’t think the plate absorbed that heat from meatballs or that they cooked with it. C. my girlfriend’s salad was a mixture of olive oil with lemon on arugula. Nothing special for 7 bucks and simply too sour. We had birthday cakes and they delivered that very well. (Im not an unreasonable person that simply going to bash this restaurant without being honest.) For a 350 dollar dinner I am very disappointed.
Posted by Disappointed on 02/09/2009
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 really subpar. 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 . 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. 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.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/26/2008
I have been to this restaurant countless times and have never been disappointed. The food is always great (especially if you like Seafood Pasta dishes), the service has been fast and courteous and I think it's one of the best deals in the city for Italian BYOBs. Plus the outdoor seating leaves you comfortable and not feeling like you're in people's way.