All old-school Italian restaurants have pretty much the same menu, and the atmosphere is pretty much the same, too. But Dante & Luigi's somehow seems...different. The feeling is warmer, the room seems somehow older, and the food somehow blurs the line between Italian and Italian-American.
Great old time Italian, white tablecloth restaurant. Dante & Luigi's is a superb place to go when you really have a jones for some traditional Italian-American fare. The service is always highly attentive and can border on being a bit overbearing. But the food is always enjoyable and it is always a pleasant place to go.
OutRageous Price Gougers. This was the worst italian restaurant I have ever eaten at. And we have been to many many many in Philadelphia. The food was below average. I have had better in the "Chain" places. Also, the bar tab was ridiculous. Where can you find below average foodthat is very moderately priced and then have an after dinner cordial for 11.67? Dante & Luigi's. We were a party of six had a good evening until we got the bill. At the bottom of the bill was $70. We assumed that they had added gratuity. But the waiter came back and said that that was actually our last round of limoncello. Did they buy gold lemons when they made that??? $70 for six little shots of lemon and sugar???? When six people eat pasta that cost around $17 - $25 have 2 glasses of wine and and after dinner cordial - The bill should not be $500. This joint is run by thieves.
Since 1899, authentic Italian fare and warm atmosphere have given this South Philly favorite citywide appeal..
Sunny pastel colors lend a Mediterranean trattoria feel to the two dining rooms. White linens on the table are soon covered with large plates of food, while attentive servers makes sure your water glass is always full. This is the kind of place where they still call tomato sauce "gravy" and they don't skimp on the portions. Osso buco, served with vegetable risotto, is tender and hearty--worth having even in the summer.
Great Gravy. Food, service, & menu choices were excellent. One of the best Marinara sauces I've ever had! Appetizers and desert were special.
A gem. You have to love the restaurants in South Phila. We go to a different one every time we go to the city and seldom repeat, but this one is worth a second trip. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. We like the very small restaurants where the staff will take the time to talk to you. This restaurant is slightly larger than the small ones we enjoy, however you never would have known it from the way we were treated. Highly reccomended -
Disappointing...... The dining area that we were seated in appeared to be a converted basement. It was dim and drafty, with cold cemented walls. The window "decorations" looked like cheap junk from a flea market. About my meal: the house salad was good (but how can you really screw up a salad?) My entee of fettuicine w/ alfredo was just ok. The alfredo sauce was a bit too thin. My companion ordered fish that was overcooked to the point of being hard. Both portions were pretty small. The service was good even though the we were not given olives with our bread/oil, nor were we offered dessert at the end of the meal. I wouldnt go back. The prices are too high for the quality, the quantity of the food they serve and for the "basement like" atmosphere
Phenomenal. I love italian food and I have been all over the tri-state area looking for the best Italian restaurant, and I think that I have finally found it. Beautiful inside, including the Restroom.
listen for specials and bring cash.. i have to say, the food was delicious - but it wasn't any amazing shakes. it is a nice little "hole in the wall place" - at least around 6-8 when my boyfriend and i ate there - to take a date for a quiet night out. their service was attentive, perhaps a little too attentive. we werent done eating our caprese and the plates were whisked out from under us. listen carefully to the specials because they are phenominal. all together a great little place to grab a moderately priced yet savory italian meal. BRING CASH!! they dont accept credit cards.
God, I love this restaurant. I work at a hotel in center city, and everytime I have someone who wants an Italian dinner, you can bet they're being sent to D&L's by me. There are many Italian restaurants closer, but why bother when the can have the best, and it's a quick cab ride? I have yet to hear a guest give a review that's anything less than a rave when returning from dinner. Thanks, Dante & Luigi's~you make my job easier.
Wonderful. I grew up in Philly and it took me 29 years to find this joint, but it was worth waiting. I had a ravioli special with a spicy shrip and lobster sauce that was amazing!
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