On any given night at La Viola in Rittenhouse, you’ll see at least one table full of Penn students that stretches the length of the restaurant. Sometimes it’s undergrads pre-gaming a night out, and other times it’s a table of Wharton students following up a hockey game with a multi-course pasta feast. No matter who it is, though, they always come with approximately one bottle of wine per person to pair with some ricotta gnocchi, veal marsala, or salmon in a white wine sauce. That’s exactly how you want to do La Viola - show up hungry with lots of cheap wine, a big group of people you like, and a wad of cash (they don’t take cards).
Where we've featured it
More spots in RittenhouseSee more
Rosy’s Taco Bar
Go to Rosy’s for a big group dinner that won’t cost you a ton of money, even if you add in a few margaritas.
Harper’s Garden has the best outdoor space around Rittenhouse Square, along with a good late-night Happy Hour and solid small plates.
The Love in Rittenhouse feels like a nicer version of a mall restaurant, but their pastas and fried chicken are some of the best around.
More Italian spotsSee more
Spasso Italian Grill
Spasso is a casual Italian spot in Old City that has a great Happy Hour and good pasta.
Lovelandtown Grocery And Provisions
Lovelandtown in Bay Head is the perfect place to stop for lunch and pick up some weekend groceries on your way to or from the beach.
Suggested by our writers
A Mano is an Italian BYOB in Fairmount that works for everything from a casual weeknight dinner to an anniversary celebration.
L’Angolo is an old school Italian BYOB in South Philly with private rooms and all the pastas you hoped they would have.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more