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Trattoria Prima Donna - CLOSED

1506 Spruce St, Ste 2, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4579
+1 215-790-0171
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Overview
  • Excellent21%
  • Very good58%
  • Average7%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
14 May 2012
“Good location, decent pricing, disappointing food”
1 Apr 2012
“Worth a visit!”
Restaurant Hours Closed
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1506 Spruce St, Ste 2, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4579
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

Great location for pre-theater, decent service and pricing, disappointing food. Despite mixed reviews, couldn't resist the convenient location. All three pasta mains -- homemade gnocchi alfredo, fettucini bolognese and the special fettucini with shrimp and garlic white sauce were overcooked, and the fettucine with shrimp...More

Thank QuakerGal
Reviewed 2 April 2012

Showed up after a theater matinee before they actually were open. The matre d invited us in and immediately took care of us. House wine was good, the calamari appetizer was very good. Lightly breaded and fried to perfection. Marinari dipping sauce was quite good....More

Thank Bill Y
Reviewed 9 November 2011

Came in without a reservation on Saturday night, and was greeted by Giancarlo Jr who made us feel very welcomed and at home. He sat us down at a crowed restaurant and combined tables so we had more room at the window. Great food, great...More

Thank vincentcuore
Reviewed 15 October 2011

I've passed by many times but dined here with friends for the first time recently. The food is as good as any Italian spot I've eaten at in South Philly and I'm returning tonight. It's a family operation and everyone working there makes you feel...More

Thank John A
Reviewed 31 August 2011

I really wanted to like this restaurant because it looked so appealing from the outside. It was just a horrid experience from start to finish. I went tonight, a Tuesday, and the restaurant was fairly empty except for a large party of 6 and two...More

Thank artslvr
Reviewed 29 July 2011

We wanted good Italian food but not a long walk in center city Philly. Two of us had recently traveled in Italherehere you can't get a bad meal) and I had some concerns this place would not live up to expectations. The location is a...More

Thank Roxanne33
Reviewed 15 February 2011

We visited Bella Cena for Restaurant Week with two other couples in January. Its a bit cramped but a fine meal and experience. Wine friendly BYOB.

Thank CurlyCueGirl
Reviewed 30 March 2009

This is a pre-theater haunt, so it pays to get there early as service can be slow. The food is freshly made, interesting, well-priced and portions are not offensively huge. I had scallops on lentils for an appetizer, and with a third scallop it would...More

1  Thank Deborah4967
Reviewed 22 February 2009

Being a Philadelphia student, I have been to the city a million times, but last week was my first experience at this restaraunt, now renamed Bella Cenas. Not only was the place small, and family owned, the prices were unbelievable, and the food was amazing....More

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Reviewed 13 March 2008

You NEED to eat the alfredo here just once - this is another one of those family owned and operated Italian restaurants and the alfredo is homemade. It's a BYOB, but they do carry a couple of tastefully selected wines. Oh, and save room for...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$30 - US$45
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1506 Spruce St, Ste 2, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4579
    (between 15th & 16th)
  • Public Transportation: We are just blocks from SEPTA Suburban Station, the Broad Street Subway at Walnut/Locust and PATCO's 15-16th & Locust Street station.
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-790-0171
  • E-mail
Description
Our food is as pure, sincere & genuine as mountain spring water. No fusion, no gimmicks, no shenanigans. We remain true to the artisan way of cooking, brought to America by my mother, Clelia, featured in many newspapers & magazines for her award-winning recipes. In the 1950s & ‘60s, in Rome, she cooked for many famous people in the film industry. Her favorite pupil for 15 years, Ugo, is still in the kitchen cooking her delicious recipes for you to enjoy. P.S. In 2001 I told my mother, “Things are changing. The restaurants are now doing food designing, color combinations, etc. etc.” She looked at me & said, “If people want to see designs & colors, they should go to a museum, not a restaurant.” And that’s my mother: never makes long speeches. Enjoy your meal.
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