Gran Caffe L'Aquila Philadelphia Italian Restaurant

4.6
512 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
For parties of 5 or larger, please contact the restaurant directly by visiting www.grancaffelaquila.com or calling 215.568.5600

Authentic Italian Restaurant, Caffe, Bar, Luxury Italian Market, & Italian Culture School. The culinary and wine program is based on all 20 regions of Italy including wine, cocktail, and beer selections crafted by award winning culinary and wine director Riccardo Longo. The experience also featuring Gelato from the Italian Gelato Champion Maestro Stefano Biasini as well as award winning coffee roasted in house. Private events including Lunch, Dinner, Apertivo, and Tasting Menus designed to each groups desires. Best of Philly Readers Choice Best Italian Restaurant Winner and Gambero Rosso rated Top Italian Restaurants in the world; Featuring an expertly trained staff and authentic environment.

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Experiences

  • 52 Week Celebration of Italy, a new city each week

    Multiple dates available

    Each week we invite you to join along Riccardo Longo's travels of the Italian peninsula where we will feature a different city from Italy and feature their local bar & wine, as well as their cuisine. Each region in Italy is a microcosm of its' terroir, and features the specialties of that particular area! Allow your senses to indulge in our 52 week celebration! Available for Dine in, takeout, or delivery through our third party partners!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 512 People Are Saying
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vipSanfordR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant in every way. We will return again and again.

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vipRachel
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat here frequently and it truly is like you're eating in Italy. Everything from the appetizers, the meat & cheese board, and the sandwiches to the excellent dinner offerings is amazing. In addition, it is the best homemade gelato you will find anywhere. If you want a bit of a quieter experience, eat upstairs. The bar area and the outside area are great spots as well just a bit nosier and when the Italian Soccer Teams are on, it's quite a great crowd!

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vipArminius
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant with lots of menu items.
They have 24 flavors of excellent gelato.
The coffee is the best.

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RobertC
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience from the food to the service.

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LisaG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Within 30 minutes of confirming our needed getaway to Philadelphia, I heard about Gran Caffe L'Aquila from at least three people. But they all said trying to get reservations at this late date would be impossible. OpenTable made our reservation possible! And the team at Gran Caffe L'Aquila made magic happen. We felt transported to a small village in Italy. The wait staff was attentive and funny - the chef created a symphony of delights (OMG I can’t wait to return! I am so thankful that our friends let us taste their meals too.) and the gelato - heavenly! Loved all the Italian food items for sale, to extend our experience at home. Many thanks to Gran Caffe L'Aquila and OpenTable for such a memorable 5-senses experience.

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KristenG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always a great experience. Good atmosphere , good food, and amazing coffee.

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Kevin
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Luigi is the homie

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got goosebumps three times eating there - twice while eating there amazing chunks of parm. And then the first bite of desire gelato. Always my favorite place to eat in Philly.

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KathyO
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks. Excellent service!

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The pasta and gelato were amazing! Wine and service were good!

DG
vipDonnaG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best bracole I’ve ever had! Servers, bartenders very personable & accommodating

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Fine enough experience but we were in an outdoor “heated” booth and while the waiters and the bus boys kept letting us know that the heating was not on, management and the host team kept saying “we’re looking for the manager to turn it on” and they came at the end of our meal. They really just wanted to save on gas. Meanwhile the meal took forever and they charged us two different prices - one significantly more of exactly the same cup of tea for two different people. Not happy.

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QingS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with their burrata with roasted pepper and burrata with eggplant , both were delicious. For entrees we had Chitarra and their features seafood stew. I’d say the seafood stew was nothing unique and I like the chitarra much better. We finished with their famous gelato which lived up to the reputation, I even bought a pint home. Our waiter Marco was really friendly, one of the best we ever had. The service was a little bit slow but I guess it was because it’s the Black Friday and they had a full house. We definitely plan to go back to check out their other dishes in the future.

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JAIMEM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best place we have been to in Philly! I had the carbonara which was awesome. Great service and very extensive wine list.

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MRLreviews
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a little glitch regarding our reservation, Gran Caffe L'Aquila was a fun, delicious stop for Italian food. Would recommend!

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JoannaV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Unfortunately, the noise level was extremely high. We could barely hear each other during our dinner.
My husband had just visited the restaurant and he raved about it. But my main course was dry as was his.
The wait staff was very pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was fabulous !!!
Its my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia

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MarciW
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the appetizers to the gelato, The food was delicious and service was impeccable. I love this place.

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NancyB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both excellent. Friendly staff. Vibrant atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was very attentive

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UrsulineGirl
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco was a great waiter! He was knowledgeable, attentive, friendly and professional- the perfect combination! A great dining experience!

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viplobster101
Philadelphia
384 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We had a delicious pear salad and a pasta dish. Absolutely the best! Sat outdoors…great lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our intimate dinner in the back area of the upstairs dining room, celebrating a birthday on a quick visit to Philly. Food and Service were both great as well as the wine recommendation. Will certainly be back

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NatalieB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service - and love the atmosphere and the market downstairs

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was Fabulous! Service impeccable. Sat in the Romeo and Juliet table which provided privacy and a view of downstairs. Overall great experience!

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vipJillB
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This authentic Italian Restaurant is a gem! The food was fantastic and the wait staff was very attentive. Will definitely come back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Philly ❤️

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ZacL
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I am planning on returning in the very near future.

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LisaM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was quite busy. The service was impeccable and the food even better. The salad Frutti di mare was incredible, fresh, and very tasty. A perfect beginning to a great dinner. The wine list is full of reasonably priced wines. Our dinners were very good as were the desserts. You must try their famous gelato!

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JenF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cauliflower appetizer was delicious and many flavors of gelato were a treat👍

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greg was phenomenal! Amazing food and the gelato flight was the prefect end to our meal. Can’t wait to come back!!

BJ
vipBensalemJoe
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Second time here in the last two months. This time was different. The food is still outstanding along with the ambience (in the front room, anyway; it's quieter). The thing that changed this time for us was there was a perception of being rushed. Servers prematurely cleared bread and olive dishes before the appetizers even appeared. DON'T let them do that. They're too good. We were idiots in allowing them to do it.
Perhaps the fact they were busy, contributed to the feeling of being rushed, but they're always busy here. We will certainly come back, which way service will lean towards the next time in. Don't misinterpret what I'm saying. This place deserves to be a destination restaurant worthy of your radar, especially if you're an Italian who appreciates regional cuisine for all areas of Italy. The food is authentic and genuine.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun late afternoon meal with a longtime friend. Had plenty of time to get caught up and delightfully tasty gelato (plus very tasty pasta).
10/10 would do again.

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vipBrianC
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Greg did great!! Excellent wine recommendation and great food. This restaurant is one of the best values in City Center!!