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Posted by Anonymous on 08/29/2009
The place was packed and there was a 20 min wait for two, which made me think this place was going to be very good...But, the only good thing about this place was that I could bring my own wine. Once seated inside (outside was an option but humidity & chance of rain had most waiting for a table inside), my date and I realized how terribly uncomfortable this restaurant was - extremely crowded and loud, we couldn't carry on a convo but could definitely reach over and taste our neighbor's gnocchi...While the pasta appeared fresh, I am inclined to say that seafood risotto is not their specialty: it was overcooked and tasted like is was marinated in Chef Boyardee tomato sauce. I ordered their special salad appetizer which ended up being $11 for a miniscule portion.
Posted by DBR on 07/30/2008
I love this restaurant!! I live around the corner and eat here no less than once a month (sometimes three times in a month.) The food is always outstanding and the servers very professional yet pleasant. All ingredients are FRESH and the preparations are often very creative. It is always a special treat to dine here and I love introducing new people to La Viola. There are two restaurants: one is on the East side of 16th St. (Bistro La Viola) and one on the West side of 16th (La Viola Ouest) - no signage at 'ouest'. I like both food and service is always excellent at both but I definitely prefer the less crowded and more elegant atmosphere of La Viola Ouest. I don't have an actual count but I know that my dining exepriences (both restaurants combined) exceed 60 meals. I have never been disappointed (and I am not easily pleased.) Try them - I think you will be well pleased.
Posted by Matt on 07/29/2008
Great food, better prices, killer atmosphere (try sitting outside)
Posted by Vincenza on 04/25/2008
As a first generation Italian, La Viola is quality food at its best. Dinners are priced reasonably and the servers are always attentive to your dining experience. I highly recommend this place to anyone who loves Italian food.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2008
I grew up in the fine City of Brotherly Love and have sported many restaurants. This BYOB should be more specific in their menu description(s) if the items are not "the norm". IE: Gnocchi is usually a potato based pasta served with red sauce. Theirs was spinach with gorgonzola on top. That should have been stated on the menu and some people in our party would have known better than to order it. Also, "dipping oil" does not have vinegar in it. Moving on to service, even I who has never worked as a server in any capacity, know that you should be served from the left and cleared from the right. I was continually served over my head which forced me to bend over into my food. Horrible server! However, the bus boys were better. We were never asked about refilling our drinks or if we wanted condiments (cheese, pepper, etc.) for our food. Value? Considering the food and service, I would say no. However, they are one of the less expensive restaurants in this fine city. The atmosphere was usual for an Italian restuarant. White table linens, tables close together yadda yadda yadda......... Below average, definitely not a four star restaurant. First impressions last a life time and their first impression was not good. When we entered and asked for our party, we were told "go to the back". Sweet. I would recommend you skip this one and get some good old fashion gnocchi or lasagne or veal at a South Philly Italian restaurant!
Posted by Brigantine on 12/07/2007
We were recommended to this wonderful place, but one member of our party couldn't make the walk. So, my wife and I tried it a couple of weeks later, when we had ticket to the Kimmel. We went back about two weeks later! In fact, we may go whenever we have Kimmel performances. The service was excellent as was the food. It's a BYOB so remember wine. What with a wonderful meal and a wonderful perfomance, I can promise a very enjoyable evening.
Posted by Daly Family on 09/18/2007
We experienced this enchanting spot on a Friday night, we had a reservation and they took us on time. That never happens to us. The service was spperb, besides the gentleman who took our order, there was always someone there to take away or fulfill our needs. We went with a party of eight, that included teens, with special menu requests. The servers were gracious, the food was outstanding, and the bill was a pleasant surprise. I have raved about this to anyone who will listen and intend to visit again and again.