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Posted by Snevi on 06/03/2011
I just finished dinner at La Viola...It was a fantastic one. The food was extremely delicious and the chef deserved lots of congrats.The waiters were very keen on details..We were 5 people and all of us enjoyed the time spent there. I would definitely recommend it to my other friends.
Posted by Eileen on 05/16/2011
This was my first experience at your restaurant and it was a most disappointing one. I felt the hostess definitely had an attitude. We did arrive 15 to 20 minutes late but did to call to inform them. Our table was so small you had to juggle your silverware and the bread basket was on the window sill. We never should have been seated where we were (we were a party of 7) since we definitely had no elbow room. I actually felt sorry for the party of 4 at the table next to us since I felt I was practically sitting with them. I don't think I will return.
Posted by Maureen on 05/15/2011
We have been to La Viola many times and chose it for a very special occasion for our party of 7. We did arrive 15 min. late for our 8:00 reserv. but did call ahead to alert them. Upon arrival we were told there were a few tables on dessert and we would be seated when they left. No problem, we have worked in the restaurant business and understand this type of situation. The waiting area was packed! A young lady came in at 8:40 to announce her party of 9 was there for their 8:30 reserv. At 8:50 the party of 9 was seated! We were less than pleased! They offered us a table by the window - great! Unfortunately it was a table for 4 with 7 chairs squeezed around that spilled into the waiting area. Every time someone left or entered the restaurant, the person at that corner of the table got knocked in the shoulder! The food was delicious, but we had to balance plates on top of our water glasses and in the window sill because there was not enough room on the table for 4 for service for 7! We spoke to the hostess numerous times , but she held strong to her opinion that she did the right thing with a half-hearted apology. In the past we have told anyone that would listen that this is the best restaurant/value in all of Phila. NOT ANYMORE! Shame on you!!!
Posted by Frank on 05/13/2011
Ok food but we were seated in the same room as a rehearsal dinner without warning. Loud and a bit uncomfortable. We complained and nothing happened. Food was ok but didn't make up for the awkward experience. Many BYOBs to choose from, I won't go back.
Posted by anonymous on 05/04/2011
We were visiting from out of town and selected this restaurant from online reviews. We loved it. The food was really great and the atmosphere was cool. I grew up in South Philadelphia, but I never had restaurant food that good back then. La Viola rocks.
Posted by anonymous on 03/30/2011
I went here on a first date, and the atmosphere was so relaxed. We didn't have a reservation, but were seated right away. The food was delicious, and the waiter placed our wine on ice and was very attentive to our glasses when they needed refilling. It got a bit noisy when a group of college-age girls came in, but with such a tiny space that is to be expected. I would definitely come back here, the food, service, and dessert were all excellent. The only negative that I have about it is the size, which contributes to the noise.
Posted by Angel on 03/18/2011
We had dinner prior to our play, I actually was alittle scare because it was so many mixed reviews but I'm glad we went. It was 12 in our party everyone's food was excellent and the prices weren't bad at all..