The oldest Italian restaurant in the United States exists right in the heart of the Italian Market District. Traditional, exceptionally delicious and ... More
Dante and Luigi's
The oldest Italian restaurant in the United States exists right in the heart of the Italian Market District. Traditional, exceptionally delicious and well-priced homemade dishes, along with their 20-ounce veal chop and their specialty Osso Buco, make this a 'must stop'. Come dine in a charming old world parlor atmosphere of yesterday. Private room for parties are also available at Dante and Luigi's.
The was food was nothing to brag about and the service was nonexistent. Waiting to be seated seemed like a Seinfeldesque episode and when seated the ambiance was dark and so noisy that round tables MIGHT have solved the problem for a 4 party.
Since conversation seemed futile, the slowness of the waiter became painfully glaring. He had to be asked for a dessert menu, but worse of all, he never asked if we wanted coffee EVER. One end of the table got his attention and he served the others because we would have had to attract his attention one-by-one!
He tried to serve a third of a cup of coffee and had to go back to get a full cup, when asked.
He NEVER cracked a smile even when prompted. Although the bill was several hundred dollars, I suggested a $3.00 tip; I'd have gone as low as $.50. Either would have been too generous.
I, for 1 will not be back.
In college in the 60's I was introduced to Dante & Luigi's. Anyone who has come there with me has not left unsatiated. Their veal marsala is without peer. The atmosphere, service, and food are something to experience. You do not leave there hungry or disappointed.
Visit there at least once in your lifetime.
Every time someone comes from out of town and wants Italian food, I take them to D&L's. The food is always fantastic. I love the service, it's just so very authentically South Philly Italian. I also love the somewhat-cheesy decor; again, so authentic. But the reason to go is eternally the food. I am Sicilian and extremely snobbish about the gravy and the olive oil and everything else. I have yet to be disappointed by a single thing on the menu. The calamari appetizer is fantastic, and the cacciatore, either chicken or sausage, is absolutely amazing.
A co-worker & I took our boss for a Christmas lunch. While the food was very good the service was among the worst I have ever experienced. The waitress spent the entire time fawning over James Darren, who was two tables over & all her other tables were afterthoughts. We were never offered anything besides water to drink, my co-worker never received the saled he ordered, we were not offered cheese for the pasta dishes. We had to collar whomever wandered by for water, cheese & bread. Will never go back
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