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“Moroccan / Italian neighborhood byob”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Novita Bistro BYOB - CLOSED

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Novita Bistro BYOB
Price range: $15 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: City Center West
Cross street: Between 16th & 17th
Description: Novita Bistro is a casual, BYOB with Mediterranean influenced dishes located at 1608 South Street in the Graduate Hospital section of Center City Philadelphia. Novita was established in 2008 by Moroccan born Hassan Zanzoul This space was recently transformed into a quaint BYOB seating up to 40 guests & featuring an open kitchen. Chef Hassan Zanzoul developed a love of Mediterranean food while he worked as a chef in Taormina, Italy from 1987 until 1996. Upon his return, Hassan received formal training in Italian & French cuisine from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. While working toward his certification, he was selected to go to Paris to complete an internship. Before moving to Philadelphia, Hassan worked as Executive Chef at Silver Spoon Cafe in Branchburg, New Jersey. Novita’s menu includes simple, traditional dishes combining fresh ingredients from local vendors with rich herbs & spices. We hope to see you soon!
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“Moroccan / Italian neighborhood byob”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2011

Have to disagree with previous 2 reviews. We live in the neighborhood and have been several times. Service is always very friendly and professional. Many really consistently very good dishes, no disasters, some hit out of park. Prices/value vary greatly by dish. The tagines (chicken w green olives; lamb shank) meltingly tender. We have had consistently
pleasant dinners here and at least three times have brought spur of moment visitors. Open kitchen not exactly intimate quiet ambiance. wysiwyg!

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Thank readyabout
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Service was Terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2011

Took 3 hours from sitting down to leaving, no exaggeration. Does not take credit cards, cash only. Food was OK, nothing to write home about. Waste of time.

  • Visited January 2011
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1 Thank mmbruce10
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Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“"No" in Novita means NO STAY AWAY!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2010

I recently frequented this abomination of a restaurant. The food was so-so, the portion was inadequate - and the worst part of it was the service. This place was overpriced to begin with, especially for the food served and the ONLY reason we went there was because we had a coupon from http://restaurant.com. Note to the owners: if you are trying to drum up business, by being part of http://restaurant.com, then you need to actually acknowledge that this coupon exists and will be used. After our less than desirable meal, we wanted to use the coupon except we were told that we couldn't on the weekend. There was NO indication of this on the coupon. Then the owner comes to tell us that even if we could use it on the weekend, there is a minimum of a $35 limit per person, which again was NOT on the coupon. And then it got ridiculous. Instead of discussing this maturely, the owner has the audacity to tell us to call http://restaurant.com and takes the coupon and rips it up and tells us to get out of the restaurant.

I've worked in the hospitality industry off and on for many years and I have NEVER been so appalled by this treatment. The food was mediocre at best, the treatment was disguisting, the lack of respect and indecent behavior was truly just as bad as the food.

I warn anyone to frequent this place, for the food, and the horrible customer service. There are so many great restuarants in philadelphia, I recommend you going to any one of them, other than Novita. There's a reason the first two letters in the restaurant's name is NO.

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2 Thank kaphila
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