Il Cantuccio

★★★☆☆
  • 701 N 3rd St

    Philadelphia, PA 19123

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  • 215-627-6573

About Il Cantuccio

Hours
Mon. - Fri. 5pm - 10pm;Sat. - Sun. 5pm - 10:30pm

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It's funny how many times you can tell people on the phone when making reservations if they can come in earlier or that you'll need the table back at a certain time because another party will be using the same table, they always find

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It's funny how many times you can tell people on the phone when making reservations if they can come in earlier or that you'll need the table back at a certain time because another party will be using the same table, they always find

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My family and I took my mom here for her birthday celebration, which we had hoped would be a nice, relaxing evening. We had a reservation for 6:00 pm for ten people. We found out when we arrived at the restaurant that they had another big

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My family and I took my mom here for her birthday celebration, which we had hoped would be a nice, relaxing evening. We had a reservation for 6:00 pm for ten people. We found out when we arrived at the restaurant that they had another big

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The waiter that had our table seemed to make up prices for the food we ordered, specifically the appetizer. Apparently because we had a "group" of 2 people we were charged double for the appetizer, then barated by the waiter as to why we were charged. If I was presented with a reasonable argument with evidence as to why I was charged I would have been glad to pay, but the only reason I got was "that's just the way it is". Ended up being a terrible ending to an otherwise great night. Awful service, but worse server, recommended for people who LOVE arguing and getting phantom charges on their bill!

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★☆☆☆☆

The waiter that had our table seemed to make up prices for the food we ordered, specifically the appetizer. Apparently because we had a "group" of 2 people we were charged double for the appetizer, then barated by the waiter as to why we were charged. If I was presented with a reasonable argument with evidence as to why I was charged I would have been glad to pay, but the only reason I got was "that's just the way it is". Ended up being a terrible ending to an otherwise great night. Awful service, but worse server, recommended for people who LOVE arguing and getting phantom charges on their bill!

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Ate at Il Cantuccio last night with a party of 6 mature adults. The atmosphere was reminiscent of Italian restaurants I have been to, noisy but quaint. The service was very good. The mussels marinara was top notch as everyone was dunking and slurping the sause after the mussels were gone. My meat lasagna was delicious as was the fusilli seafood pasta. Desserts were basic italian and very good and above all the cost was very reasonable. In short would eat there again.

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★★★★☆

Ate at Il Cantuccio last night with a party of 6 mature adults. The atmosphere was reminiscent of Italian restaurants I have been to, noisy but quaint. The service was very good. The mussels marinara was top notch as everyone was dunking and slurping the sause after the mussels were gone. My meat lasagna was delicious as was the fusilli seafood pasta. Desserts were basic italian and very good and above all the cost was very reasonable. In short would eat there again.

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Il Cantuccio is a hole in the wall, no doubt about it, with no frills. That being said, the food is terrific. I love places where you're in close enough quarters to talk to the chefs or the bar tenders, and this is one of them. Give it a try. You're going to love it.

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★★★★☆

Il Cantuccio is a hole in the wall, no doubt about it, with no frills. That being said, the food is terrific. I love places where you're in close enough quarters to talk to the chefs or the bar tenders, and this is one of them. Give it a try. You're going to love it.

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When we began planning our daughter's small intimate wedding, I asked her where they wanted their wedding dinner. Not being familiar with Philadelphia, I was at a loss as to where to even begin. When I asked where she wanted to have the dinner, she didn't hesitate and said "Il Cantuccios in Northern Liberties". She and her fiance had dinner there a few times and loved the atmosphere and the food. They could not have picked a better place.
We arrived and found this small intimate place set up for our 20 guests. It was a little cramped, but it only served to give us more of an atmosphere of a family dinner, like we wanted. Rita greeted us warmly and it felt like we were entering into her home. When my father in law was late, she worried along with me (he is not familiar at all with driving in Philly). When he finally arrived, we began and everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was fabulous! The server was extremely efficient and handled all of us with professionalism and we didn't need anything. The food was out of this world and was enjoyed by everyone. The pasta dishes were unbelievable. Everything was wonderful and we had the best time ever. Even the other patrons joined in on our celebration and toasted the couple and cheered them on.It was exactly like our daughter and her new husband wanted. It was an evening we won't soon forget!

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★★★★★

When we began planning our daughter's small intimate wedding, I asked her where they wanted their wedding dinner. Not being familiar with Philadelphia, I was at a loss as to where to even begin. When I asked where she wanted to have the dinner, she didn't hesitate and said "Il Cantuccios in Northern Liberties". She and her fiance had dinner there a few times and loved the atmosphere and the food. They could not have picked a better place.
We arrived and found this small intimate place set up for our 20 guests. It was a little cramped, but it only served to give us more of an atmosphere of a family dinner, like we wanted. Rita greeted us warmly and it felt like we were entering into her home. When my father in law was late, she worried along with me (he is not familiar at all with driving in Philly). When he finally arrived, we began and everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was fabulous! The server was extremely efficient and handled all of us with professionalism and we didn't need anything. The food was out of this world and was enjoyed by everyone. The pasta dishes were unbelievable. Everything was wonderful and we had the best time ever. Even the other patrons joined in on our celebration and toasted the couple and cheered them on.It was exactly like our daughter and her new husband wanted. It was an evening we won't soon forget!

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This is the best BYO in Philly! Every time I go there it is such a treat. Love the bread and dips to start with and have never been disappointed by any of the appetizers, main courses and desserts that I've tried. The setting is adorable and the wait staff is always friendly. Can't wait to go back again and again.....

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★★★★★

This is the best BYO in Philly! Every time I go there it is such a treat. Love the bread and dips to start with and have never been disappointed by any of the appetizers, main courses and desserts that I've tried. The setting is adorable and the wait staff is always friendly. Can't wait to go back again and again.....

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I ATE OFF OF A STRANGERS FORK IN THIS RESTAURANT. Seriously, if that's not the sign of a friendly, lovely neighborhood restaurant, I don't know what is. We decided after we had already chosen our entrees to have an appetizer and it was no problem. We had many servings of fantastic warm bread, and my friend even ate the greens on her plate (trust me, it's a HUGE accomplishment). Everything thing I ate was really the best thing I ever put in my mouth. The service was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. The tables are intimate, so much so that when our neighbors had enough of their three deserts t,hey were more than willing to share. Overall the experience was delightful, delicious, and distinctive. Fantastic, too.

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★★★★★

I ATE OFF OF A STRANGERS FORK IN THIS RESTAURANT. Seriously, if that's not the sign of a friendly, lovely neighborhood restaurant, I don't know what is. We decided after we had already chosen our entrees to have an appetizer and it was no problem. We had many servings of fantastic warm bread, and my friend even ate the greens on her plate (trust me, it's a HUGE accomplishment). Everything thing I ate was really the best thing I ever put in my mouth. The service was knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. The tables are intimate, so much so that when our neighbors had enough of their three deserts t,hey were more than willing to share. Overall the experience was delightful, delicious, and distinctive. Fantastic, too.

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My boyfriend and I went here for Valentine's dinner. A sign at the front said '3 Course dinner Mon-Thurs $25'. We didn't have the option to choose from the regular menu, we were just handed a Valentine's day pre fixe menu. The portions were a good size and we enjoyed our food.

However, the bill came and to our surprise, we had been charged $50 per person! Not only that but they automatically tacked on 22% gratuity for our party of two! When I asked the waitress about these charges, she gave me a curt response. If I had not just had a bottle of wine to drink, I would have made a stink. How presumptuous to tack on 22% tip??? And how dare they have a sign in the front for a 25 dollar course meal and then charge us double--the Valentine's day meal price was printed no where in the restaurant, nor were we informed by the waiter. They took advantage of the fact that most guys would just pay it instead of making a fuss about the bill in front of their date.

Despite the delicious food, what I will remember about Il Cantuccio is their unscrupulous business practices.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I went here for Valentine's dinner. A sign at the front said '3 Course dinner Mon-Thurs $25'. We didn't have the option to choose from the regular menu, we were just handed a Valentine's day pre fixe menu. The portions were a good size and we enjoyed our food.

However, the bill came and to our surprise, we had been charged $50 per person! Not only that but they automatically tacked on 22% gratuity for our party of two! When I asked the waitress about these charges, she gave me a curt response. If I had not just had a bottle of wine to drink, I would have made a stink. How presumptuous to tack on 22% tip??? And how dare they have a sign in the front for a 25 dollar course meal and then charge us double--the Valentine's day meal price was printed no where in the restaurant, nor were we informed by the waiter. They took advantage of the fact that most guys would just pay it instead of making a fuss about the bill in front of their date.

Despite the delicious food, what I will remember about Il Cantuccio is their unscrupulous business practices.

Pros: food

Cons: Business practices

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When we arrived with reservations, the busboy? seated us without a word. Not sure if he even checked the book. Customers seemed to be a problem for him. Maybe it was a bad night for him but he also seemed irritated that we didn't want bottled water...... The owner came and quickly (and loudly) gave us the specials. (Hey, we're not hard of hearing.) Since there was no special board or special menu, we got to hear the specials loudly repeated to each new table of diners throughout our meal (ummm so much for uninterrupted conversation).
The food each of us had was excellent (Veal, OssoBucco, Fish) and the decor is standard 'cute' Italian restaurant . The waiter/busboy did warm up later on. Talking on the way to the car with our dining companions, we all decided that the good food was not worth the unfrendly attitude and being jarred by the 'dinner specials' that could be heard thru most of the small dining room each time.
We won't be returning. There too many other great restaurants in Philadelphia where the wait staff seems to be actually trained in customer service and/or appreciative of you dropping $35-50/person at their establishment. (El Vez, L2, Tria, L'Anglo, etc.) After all, $20 for an entre should include more than the food on the plate.

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★★☆☆☆

When we arrived with reservations, the busboy? seated us without a word. Not sure if he even checked the book. Customers seemed to be a problem for him. Maybe it was a bad night for him but he also seemed irritated that we didn't want bottled water...... The owner came and quickly (and loudly) gave us the specials. (Hey, we're not hard of hearing.) Since there was no special board or special menu, we got to hear the specials loudly repeated to each new table of diners throughout our meal (ummm so much for uninterrupted conversation).
The food each of us had was excellent (Veal, OssoBucco, Fish) and the decor is standard 'cute' Italian restaurant . The waiter/busboy did warm up later on. Talking on the way to the car with our dining companions, we all decided that the good food was not worth the unfrendly attitude and being jarred by the 'dinner specials' that could be heard thru most of the small dining room each time.
We won't be returning. There too many other great restaurants in Philadelphia where the wait staff seems to be actually trained in customer service and/or appreciative of you dropping $35-50/person at their establishment. (El Vez, L2, Tria, L'Anglo, etc.) After all, $20 for an entre should include more than the food on the plate.

Pros: Food

Cons: Almost everything else

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A surprise birthday party thrown for me, but it seems like the real surprise was the sucky food. Usually you can't go wrong with a local cozy Italian BYO restaurant... well it was a good thing I had appetizers with my boyfriend around the corner at Koi (highly recommended local BYO), because I feel sorry for all my friends who were starving and had to suffer through this meal.
The BYO is always a plus and the appetizers they had made especially for "big groups" were ok.
However when it came time to eat, as the birthday girl, everyone let me have a bite of their food, and by the way , AS the birthday girl, I was the only one who didn't have a plate for 10 minutes. Guess they F'd up the Risotto, so although I tried to make my friends start their meals, no one would eat until I got my plate.
As I tried every plate, the "hamburger helper" with capers was way over salted, the veal had more fat then meat, the "special" Mahi-Mahi was overcooked and lacked flavor, the clam and linguini had no flavor other than over salted, the marinara (stew?) with meat and veggies was a soggy soup wit few chunks of meat, and other plates were left half eaten.
I'm just happy everyone brought at least a bottle each to drown out the awful taste, before going back to the house for birthday cake.

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★☆☆☆☆

A surprise birthday party thrown for me, but it seems like the real surprise was the sucky food. Usually you can't go wrong with a local cozy Italian BYO restaurant... well it was a good thing I had appetizers with my boyfriend around the corner at Koi (highly recommended local BYO), because I feel sorry for all my friends who were starving and had to suffer through this meal.
The BYO is always a plus and the appetizers they had made especially for "big groups" were ok.
However when it came time to eat, as the birthday girl, everyone let me have a bite of their food, and by the way , AS the birthday girl, I was the only one who didn't have a plate for 10 minutes. Guess they F'd up the Risotto, so although I tried to make my friends start their meals, no one would eat until I got my plate.
As I tried every plate, the "hamburger helper" with capers was way over salted, the veal had more fat then meat, the "special" Mahi-Mahi was overcooked and lacked flavor, the clam and linguini had no flavor other than over salted, the marinara (stew?) with meat and veggies was a soggy soup wit few chunks of meat, and other plates were left half eaten.
I'm just happy everyone brought at least a bottle each to drown out the awful taste, before going back to the house for birthday cake.

Pros: BYO

Cons: The dinner menu--overly or under seasoned, nothing amazing or even good

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I'd been eyeing this place for a long time since it's across from Abbeye. Can't believe we waited so long to come here. They've got fantastic food, they are very friendly, and the place has some character.

They list 3 "rules" on the menu: cash only (that's inconvenient, I know); BYOB, and "no cheese on seafood." I think this last one is negotiable, but the first time we went to Il Cantuccio, we saw an angry guy yell, "No cheese on seaf- I'm supposed to be your guest!" He stormed out of the restaurant, but his wife and kids stayed for dinner. I'm not kidding.

I highly recommend the lasagna, but everything I've had there is very good. There are always some excellent specials in addition to the menu. Very nice staff.

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★★★★☆

I'd been eyeing this place for a long time since it's across from Abbeye. Can't believe we waited so long to come here. They've got fantastic food, they are very friendly, and the place has some character.

They list 3 "rules" on the menu: cash only (that's inconvenient, I know); BYOB, and "no cheese on seafood." I think this last one is negotiable, but the first time we went to Il Cantuccio, we saw an angry guy yell, "No cheese on seaf- I'm supposed to be your guest!" He stormed out of the restaurant, but his wife and kids stayed for dinner. I'm not kidding.

I highly recommend the lasagna, but everything I've had there is very good. There are always some excellent specials in addition to the menu. Very nice staff.

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A wonderfully down to earth BYOB in Northern Liberties with great food and thorough, unpretentious service. Make reservations as it fills up quickly!

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★★★★★

A wonderfully down to earth BYOB in Northern Liberties with great food and thorough, unpretentious service. Make reservations as it fills up quickly!

Pros: Great service, tasty food, unique decor, intimate atmosphere

Cons: Not directly served by public transit

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Our first impressions were: cute atmosphere, friendly service, and Zagat-rated (so it must be good, right?). Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. That aside, dinner was disappointing. Our "misto" platter included olives that tasted like they were from a can, some nasty fried mushrooms, and lukewarm roasted vegetables. The entrees, both $15, were just short of horrendous. My pasta had canned olives (again)-- shouldn't authentic Italian food have real olives??? My date had vegetable risotto that tasted like a box mix, and the vegetables had that bad frozen in a bag flavor. The bread was the only good part of the meal. Seriously, I want to know WHAT meal people are ordering when they say this place is delicious. Ok service-- albeit too fast-- but the food was quite possibly the worst I've had in the city.

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★★☆☆☆

Our first impressions were: cute atmosphere, friendly service, and Zagat-rated (so it must be good, right?). Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. That aside, dinner was disappointing. Our "misto" platter included olives that tasted like they were from a can, some nasty fried mushrooms, and lukewarm roasted vegetables. The entrees, both $15, were just short of horrendous. My pasta had canned olives (again)-- shouldn't authentic Italian food have real olives??? My date had vegetable risotto that tasted like a box mix, and the vegetables had that bad frozen in a bag flavor. The bread was the only good part of the meal. Seriously, I want to know WHAT meal people are ordering when they say this place is delicious. Ok service-- albeit too fast-- but the food was quite possibly the worst I've had in the city.

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I had been going to Il Cantuccio for years, and in the begining they were hands down my favorite restaurant, the food, was the closest i had to when I was in Italy. BUT recently i have been becoming more and more disheartened with the food and especially the service. As a whim i decide to check out what was being said about different restaurants in the city thru this service when i came across the site for this restaurant i felt the need to give my opinion, especially since I knew this place in its prime. I dont know why they have lost it, but the last visit there with my usual crew we were very upset to see that had gotten rid of one of their longtime employees Frankie who brought a certain professionalism and added to the family like charm and we also didn't see the owner's husband simon who also was the chef, that usually stood in the kitchen area helping out, that was teh stuff that added to the place's charm.
But the saddest thing i saw was when one of the owners was leaving comments as if she were a regualr viewer on this site claiming that the restaurant was the best place ever! instead of lying on here maybe they should think of other ways to improve this fallen star. i am on a new quest for a great Italian BYOB any suggestions anyone?

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★★☆☆☆

I had been going to Il Cantuccio for years, and in the begining they were hands down my favorite restaurant, the food, was the closest i had to when I was in Italy. BUT recently i have been becoming more and more disheartened with the food and especially the service. As a whim i decide to check out what was being said about different restaurants in the city thru this service when i came across the site for this restaurant i felt the need to give my opinion, especially since I knew this place in its prime. I dont know why they have lost it, but the last visit there with my usual crew we were very upset to see that had gotten rid of one of their longtime employees Frankie who brought a certain professionalism and added to the family like charm and we also didn't see the owner's husband simon who also was the chef, that usually stood in the kitchen area helping out, that was teh stuff that added to the place's charm.
But the saddest thing i saw was when one of the owners was leaving comments as if she were a regualr viewer on this site claiming that the restaurant was the best place ever! instead of lying on here maybe they should think of other ways to improve this fallen star. i am on a new quest for a great Italian BYOB any suggestions anyone?

Pros: used to be a great family owned place with great food and service

Cons: fallen star of a place

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A third disappointing visit to this restaurant. Each time the food and service is sloppier and sloppier - perhaps because they are successful and they don't feel really need to care about the quality of the food and service anymore.

There were human hairs in my dish and the other dishes were made without any care and little flavor. Their main goal was to see how quickly they could rush people in and out. They say they take reservations, but the first two times we went we had to wait 45 minutes even though we had supposedly made reservations. On busy nights they will ask you to leave your table the instant you have stopped eating so they can get more clients - not at all a relaxing meal; this happened on our third try. What a rude and utterly unpleasant way to finish an evening. Of course the small and colorful room has ambience - if that is all you want - but if you want to enjoy a fine and relaxing meal, go somewhere else.

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★☆☆☆☆

A third disappointing visit to this restaurant. Each time the food and service is sloppier and sloppier - perhaps because they are successful and they don't feel really need to care about the quality of the food and service anymore.

There were human hairs in my dish and the other dishes were made without any care and little flavor. Their main goal was to see how quickly they could rush people in and out. They say they take reservations, but the first two times we went we had to wait 45 minutes even though we had supposedly made reservations. On busy nights they will ask you to leave your table the instant you have stopped eating so they can get more clients - not at all a relaxing meal; this happened on our third try. What a rude and utterly unpleasant way to finish an evening. Of course the small and colorful room has ambience - if that is all you want - but if you want to enjoy a fine and relaxing meal, go somewhere else.

Pros: ambience

Cons: tasteless food lousey service

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The food is delicious, hands down. The lasagna, to die for, as is the appetizer tasting plate. The restaurant is small, only a dozen tables, but they are not on top of each other at all. Has low lighting, great for intimate conversation. romantic in a nice, subtle way, not overly so. i really like it b/c there is no pressure to act romantic either. BYOB. Also, good for small group, like four close friends who want to catch up over a bottle of wine. i have never seen kids there, but i have mostly gone at 9pm-ish for dinner.

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★★★★★

The food is delicious, hands down. The lasagna, to die for, as is the appetizer tasting plate. The restaurant is small, only a dozen tables, but they are not on top of each other at all. Has low lighting, great for intimate conversation. romantic in a nice, subtle way, not overly so. i really like it b/c there is no pressure to act romantic either. BYOB. Also, good for small group, like four close friends who want to catch up over a bottle of wine. i have never seen kids there, but i have mostly gone at 9pm-ish for dinner.

Pros: wonderful food, great service, intimate w/o being overly romantic

Cons: street parking that has 1 hr or 2 hr limits

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I went to Il Cantuccio for dinner and it was the best ever. It's a resturant that i highly recommend. Bring the whole family they'll love it. I have to thank Rita the server, she was great!!

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★★★★★

I went to Il Cantuccio for dinner and it was the best ever. It's a resturant that i highly recommend. Bring the whole family they'll love it. I have to thank Rita the server, she was great!!

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After reading some not so positive reviews about Il Cantuccio's inability to handle a large group, we were very apprehensive about having a birthday celebration there. We had a party of 13. The staff at the restaurant was very efficient and friendly, not at all rude. The only rudeness we experienced came from other diners who did not appreciate our humor! The food was wonderful (unbelievable seafood special that we will never forget).

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★★★★☆

After reading some not so positive reviews about Il Cantuccio's inability to handle a large group, we were very apprehensive about having a birthday celebration there. We had a party of 13. The staff at the restaurant was very efficient and friendly, not at all rude. The only rudeness we experienced came from other diners who did not appreciate our humor! The food was wonderful (unbelievable seafood special that we will never forget).

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Food was good and fresh, but don't expect to finish your wine or coffee. The hostest brought us our check, in which we promptly paid, and two minutes later the "chicken hawk" swooped in and told us we had to leave b/c the next table had a young boy and he was outside freezing (it was 65 degrees outside!). We acknowledged the request, but continued to finish our wine. So did the table next to us who was told the same thing. Three minutes later, the chicken hawk came back again and asked us and the table next to us to vacate b/c there were other reservations. We eat out in restaurants 5 times a week and never, ever have we been asked to get up from a table only three minutes after finishing dinner. Very rude. We will not go back and not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was good and fresh, but don't expect to finish your wine or coffee. The hostest brought us our check, in which we promptly paid, and two minutes later the "chicken hawk" swooped in and told us we had to leave b/c the next table had a young boy and he was outside freezing (it was 65 degrees outside!). We acknowledged the request, but continued to finish our wine. So did the table next to us who was told the same thing. Three minutes later, the chicken hawk came back again and asked us and the table next to us to vacate b/c there were other reservations. We eat out in restaurants 5 times a week and never, ever have we been asked to get up from a table only three minutes after finishing dinner. Very rude. We will not go back and not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Pros: Fresh food

Cons: Rude service, Very small, No mixers, no ice

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The ladies went out for a birthday celebration. The food was good. The service and the waiter was awful. We had 7:00 reservations got there at 6:47 and still weren't seated until after 7:30. Then were rushed during our meal. The waiter kept passing coments "let's hurry up". "are you done yet?". The poor bus boy did all the work which is the only reason we left a tip.The waiter was down right abusive, even followed us out after our meal and harrased us. Do Not Go To This Place!

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★☆☆☆☆

The ladies went out for a birthday celebration. The food was good. The service and the waiter was awful. We had 7:00 reservations got there at 6:47 and still weren't seated until after 7:30. Then were rushed during our meal. The waiter kept passing coments "let's hurry up". "are you done yet?". The poor bus boy did all the work which is the only reason we left a tip.The waiter was down right abusive, even followed us out after our meal and harrased us. Do Not Go To This Place!

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I visited this restaraunt with a group of 11 for a friend's birthday dinner. While the food was delicious and the ambience pleasant, the staff was incredibly rude and unfriendly. After barely finishing the desert we had ordered for the birthday girl, we were asked to leave as another reservation needed to come sit down. When we asked to have a few more minutes, the people waiting for our table were shown where they were waiting to sit. The woman of the waiting party was allowed by the manager to come up to our table, interrupt our meal and ask us how much longer we would be. Regardless of our age, or what we ordered, we all felt very cheated of what could have been a much better experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

I visited this restaraunt with a group of 11 for a friend's birthday dinner. While the food was delicious and the ambience pleasant, the staff was incredibly rude and unfriendly. After barely finishing the desert we had ordered for the birthday girl, we were asked to leave as another reservation needed to come sit down. When we asked to have a few more minutes, the people waiting for our table were shown where they were waiting to sit. The woman of the waiting party was allowed by the manager to come up to our table, interrupt our meal and ask us how much longer we would be. Regardless of our age, or what we ordered, we all felt very cheated of what could have been a much better experience.

Pros: food

Cons: warm water, rude service, rushed eating

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this is not for the very hungry...went with a group of 6 on a saturday night...we had reservations for 9:00 pm, were seated at 10:00 pm; by that time half of the items on the menu were no longer available...we were finally served our food at 11 pm...food was great, but come early, and prepare to have your patience tested! i don't know how our reservations helped at all...

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★★★★☆

this is not for the very hungry...went with a group of 6 on a saturday night...we had reservations for 9:00 pm, were seated at 10:00 pm; by that time half of the items on the menu were no longer available...we were finally served our food at 11 pm...food was great, but come early, and prepare to have your patience tested! i don't know how our reservations helped at all...

Pros: very good food, inexpensive

Cons: bad service

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Excellent food, but beware in the summertime. They do not have AC/fans or ice for their water. Personal service makes it nice. Food portions are large. They are Cash Only and BYOB, so plan ahead. Bring your own drinks, as they do not have anything besides water. Definitely worth trying.

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★★★★☆

Excellent food, but beware in the summertime. They do not have AC/fans or ice for their water. Personal service makes it nice. Food portions are large. They are Cash Only and BYOB, so plan ahead. Bring your own drinks, as they do not have anything besides water. Definitely worth trying.

Pros: food, service, reservations

Cons: no AC, no beverages, Cash Only

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I went to Il Cantuccio on a first dinner date, and was blown away by the food and the atmosphere.

While the restaurant is small and can feel crowded depending on where you are seated, the small room with exposed kitchen makes dining an experience to remember. As a lover of Italian food and Italian language and culture I took great pleasure in hearing the family/staff calling in Italian to one another.

The food was divine, and when we returned for an anniversary, the menu was slightly different (such variety is a good thing!), and still delicious.

If people are looking for authentic Italian food, I would definitely recommend Il Cantuccio.

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★★★★★

I went to Il Cantuccio on a first dinner date, and was blown away by the food and the atmosphere.

While the restaurant is small and can feel crowded depending on where you are seated, the small room with exposed kitchen makes dining an experience to remember. As a lover of Italian food and Italian language and culture I took great pleasure in hearing the family/staff calling in Italian to one another.

The food was divine, and when we returned for an anniversary, the menu was slightly different (such variety is a good thing!), and still delicious.

If people are looking for authentic Italian food, I would definitely recommend Il Cantuccio.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Can be hard to park, Need reservation

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Had 8 in our party. We did not have to worry about making too much noise, since it is a very noisy place. Food was good, but service was so-so and very RUSHED. We were just finishing our espressos, when we were told to get "moving", since they need to "recylce the table. Our bill was $367.00 w/o tip, and we could not even finish our bottles of wine. Would not really recommend!

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★★☆☆☆

Had 8 in our party. We did not have to worry about making too much noise, since it is a very noisy place. Food was good, but service was so-so and very RUSHED. We were just finishing our espressos, when we were told to get "moving", since they need to "recylce the table. Our bill was $367.00 w/o tip, and we could not even finish our bottles of wine. Would not really recommend!

Cons: , rushed, tight seating

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Although a bit cramped, noisy and abrupt, this restaurant left me with nothing but positive feelings. I felt as though I had walked into a family's kitchen & was invited to dine with the relatives. The food, from Lasagna to Octopus to Roasted Pepper Gnocchi, has me drooling to return.

2
★★★★☆

Although a bit cramped, noisy and abrupt, this restaurant left me with nothing but positive feelings. I felt as though I had walked into a family's kitchen & was invited to dine with the relatives. The food, from Lasagna to Octopus to Roasted Pepper Gnocchi, has me drooling to return.

Pros: Reasonable

Cons: Noisy

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Great Food, Friendly People, Great Atmosphere and Affordable. This place might not look like much from outside, but looks can be deceiving.

2
★★★★★

Great Food, Friendly People, Great Atmosphere and Affordable. This place might not look like much from outside, but looks can be deceiving.

Pros: Affordable

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I go there all the time. I have never been disappointment. as soon as you open the door the aroma will sweep you away. The wait staff make you feel like you are at home. Once you visit once they will not forget your face! Terrific

2
★★★★☆

I go there all the time. I have never been disappointment. as soon as you open the door the aroma will sweep you away. The wait staff make you feel like you are at home. Once you visit once they will not forget your face! Terrific

Pros: menu, price, wait staff/service

Cons: nothing really~

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I have been there several times and will go back again. Our meals have always been good for a reasonable price. The waiters know our names and enjoy there company. Timing is always an issue, prepare to get there early and make reservations or eat on an off night. Not friday or saturdy.

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★★★★☆

I have been there several times and will go back again. Our meals have always been good for a reasonable price. The waiters know our names and enjoy there company. Timing is always an issue, prepare to get there early and make reservations or eat on an off night. Not friday or saturdy.

Pros: inexpensive, great antipasta

Cons: crowed,small

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Hidden away in Northern Liberties is this charming little spot covered outside and inside with garlands of hand-painted flowers. The antipasti, which is subject to seasonal changes, is displayed on a front counter and may include broccoli…

 

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