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34 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
(215) 592-7661
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Ranked #59 of 3,691 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Between Chestnut & Market Streets
Transit: Train And Bus Stops 2nd & Market Street 1 1/2 Blocks Away.
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90% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Good for families! Large portions! Attentive staff! Delicious food! First dining room was super noisy. Thankfully there was a quieter back room.

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Summit, New Jersey
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Spasso is our go to Italian restaurant whenever we come to Philadelphia. We have been to several restaurants in the city but nothing compares to Spasso's. Everything here is delicious! We love the fried calamari which comes with a fabulous spicy tomato sauce. I usually get the chicken parmesan which is quite tasty(and never tough) while my husband usually gets... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had a large party of people. The waiter was helpful in offering a special combination antipasto appetizer for the group - very tasty. I thought my seafood pasta dish was excellent and enjoyed it very much, but several others in my group rated the food as mediocre Italian. Still, I would like to go to Spasso's again with my... More

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Denver, Colorado
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I have been back three times and will go back again. Awesome neighborhood Italian. Accommodating, customize or suggest orders. Love the bar area. Claudia was awesome on Sunday night. Locals gave lots if advice. Get the special whatever it is! Stayed at Penn Landing Hyatt. Easy walk. Thanks!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We showed up on Saturday night at 9:00 pm without a reservation and were lucky enough to get a table. We had the grilled calamari (usually we have this fried, but this is actually our favorite way to have it now) I had at shrimp and crab meat linguine in a red sauce. It was light enough that i did... More

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Went with a group of 7. The restaurant has several rooms and has no issues seating larger groups. That being said resevations reccomended. Everything we had was very good but the best two because of the amazing homemade sauces were: Penne Spasso and the Stuffed Pork Chop. The portions are huge so come hungry!

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Rockville, Maryland
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143 reviews 143 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Have visited Philly many times and was looking for a new restaurant that would be teen-friendly. Last time we went to Maggiano's but it's a chain. Spasso was the ticket! Right by the river, it's a huge restaurant with cool decor and great food. We did have to pay $20 for parking in the adjacent lot but I suspect with... More

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Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Having read all the positive reviews I was expecting something special, but in my view it's your basic middle-of-the road Italian restaurant. The food was decent but completely unremarkable, nothing to set it apart from the fare at countless other places. Overpriced for what it is. Plus our waitress was distracted and not particularly courteous -- having a bad day... More

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Potomac, Md
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Very good service. Attentive and our server was quite attentive to me wife's special requests. Food was nice but nothing special - I had a pasta with veal ragu dish where the veal was very tough and some of the pasta was so mis-cooked it was crispy. Most serious problem was that we were seated next to a party of... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We visited Spasso in January for one of many celebrations for my husband's 30th birthday. We had a small group that was accommodated in a private room with other groups. Our server was very informed, helpful, and courteous in spite of our antics. We ordered the majority of the appetizers on the menu and enjoyed all of them. As a... More

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