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Posted by tonya on 12/28/2013
My husband and I went to la stanza last friday and as they were busy with christmas parties we chose to stay and wasnt in a rush anyway. We had a glass of wine each and took in the moment, while the waitress read off the specails all i could hear was her say fried macaroni and cheese with a parmesan cream sauce and pancetta!!! I knew I had to forget about my calorie counter that day and dive in...let me tell you, I hope they put it on the real menu because they took mac and cheese to a new level! It was penne pasta with mozzarella and provolone cheese with a parmeson cream sauce and deep fried and then drizzed with the parmesan cream sauce and topped with a crispy pancetta! my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I would def recommend this place for a fabulous night out!
Posted by Suzanne on 12/13/2013
Took a friend and her husband there for he birthday , being a Thursday we didn't need reservations though I imagine you do normally. Simply said it was amazing! From start to finish, having the tendency of ordering many appetizers, each were amazing! Mushroom & crab! OMG ! Sausage & broccoli Rab' Dam!! Eggplant & antispasta!! Normally after such a wide spread our appetite isn't quite there for the main course, this was a first for me, angel hair / crap & shrimp!! Best of everything in a very long time, warm and inviting decor and most pleasent server. Being Italian ourselfs we tend to be most picky, not here! not la stanza in south Philly & at the end I even asked the server "is the cook married"? Wonderful and one of the best! Check it out !!
Posted by Dottie on 08/25/2012
We watched the show Restaurant Impossible and saw how bad this restaurant was being run and we thought the show would wake them up. We were wrong. The prices for average food here are STILL way too high. Too bad because we would really like to see this place succeed.
Posted by Lori M on 03/20/2012
The best chocolate cake in town.
Posted by Carmen on 01/23/2012
Recently had a family dinner there (7 of us ). We all said the same thing. Wish the prices were more reasonable and we would go more often. The food is OK and service is OK too. It's a very nice place and in walking distance for all of us but most of the time we jump in the car and go elsewhere.
Posted by Chris on 10/17/2011
Was there a few years ago and the food was okay, nothing to rave about for the price........ but the wait was very long.......I was there a few times before that and the wait was always very long. I don't know if they've improved any since the "do-over", but maybe I'll give them another try to find out.....or maybe not and just go to where I "know"the food is really good at a decent price.
Posted by George on 09/04/2011
I rated everything 2.5 because that is 1/2-way between best and worst. I just saw Restaurant Impossible and thought I may try the restaurant. Once I saw the rices on the menu, I realized that it is a bit pricey for my taste. I know the advice on pricing given on the show was 3 times the cost of the food. $17-$19 for a pasta dish. Not for me. Pasta dishes should not go more than $12-$15 a dish. AND in these economic times? Do they give you a full pound of pasta? I don't think so. 1 pound of Rigatoni is under a dollar. add sauce. another dollar, throw on some mozarella, another dollar. So their Rigatoni Napoli should cost them under $3, and based on Robert Irvine's formula they should charge the customer $9.00 -- their cost to you for this dish of pasta and cheese is $15, which means they are charging way more than they need to in order to make a profit. And they charge $2.25 for a glass of soda or $6.50 for a pitcher (which holds about 4 glasses). With these rates, I guess they only want rich people to eat there - not your everyday person from South Philly. It is a real shame since, the place looked nice on TV, but too expensive for my taste.