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South Philadelphia, Bella Vista - Southwark
Italian Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Italian, European, Seafood, Continental

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Food is good but Service is Terrible

I will admit that the food is good but there are plenty of places to find good Italian food in Philadelphia. We had 8:30 reservations and didn't get seated until 9:15. They didn't apologize once for the delay and it took another 20 minutes for someone to come by to open our wine. The service was completely unacceptable and ruined our night. I would recommend many other places before returning here.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing service and DIVINE Italian food!

This place is incredible! The waitress was possibly the friendliest, most informative, and most spirited we've had this side of the Atlantic--she described the specials so eloquently that we wanted each and every one, but obviously couldn't, so she gave us great recommendations that did not disappoint.

The polenta with broccoli rabe, mussels in white sauce, and ricotta cheese special antipasti were scrumptious. From start to finish, we were very, very happy with the cuisine and the attentive waitstaff--by the end, we literally felt like family. While the prices were a bit higher than what you might find at other BYOs in the city, it's definitely worth it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful Experience

This was was first time at this restaurant. My wife and I received a gift certificate from our son for this restaurant. My wife and I have been to all of the local area restaurants but this was a great experience. It seemed as though the waiters Michael & Domenic were bumping over each other to render quality and informative service to my wife and I. The menu had an assorted selection to satisfy everyone. Both waiters were so informative on giving us possible selections. As a result the food was no disappointment. The portions were good and the prices were modest. I spoke with the manager on saturday to tell her of how I felt about the restaurant and the great service. I am recommending it to all, that you have to try this restaurant and you won't be disappointed. Thank You



Provided by Citysearch - 
not what I expected

She was excrutiatingly rude. I went there on a Saturday night, alone. She made me feel as though I were going to, single handedly, destroy the atmosphere of the place. She also took a phone call while I was waiting to be seated. The place was practically empty, and one would have thought any customer at the door should have been treated with a little more respect. And my "" server"" was beyond pretentious. I have a family that likes to eat out, often. This place will not be seeing any of my family. It is a shame really, because the food was very good. Too bad their staff didn't live up to the quality of the food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
ATTENTION EDITOR!!! Please Update Your Information!!!!!

Tre Scalini's ""only"" and ""current location"" since January 2007 is 1915 East Passyunk Avenue they also have a new building and a website. I hope this update has been helpful!!!!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Unwelcoming service

Went to Tre Scalini for nieces 18th birthday. From the word go it was negative. My niece gave are reservation name then was asked the phone number and said we were for 5 and we were 6 we'll they only had two tables dining. The Host/Server michael was very condisending he tried to tell me what i was ordering would not be good. Well i think i know what I like. Through the meal the staff was acting put out through the entire meal. The food was very good. Then we were leaving we were chased down the street like criminals for accidentally taking the signed copy of credit card. we will never return there are to many places to try in this economy resturants should be putting out their best and brightest. this bulb was dull at best.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food

I loved the atmosphere and also the service int this restaurant. The black pasta was wonderful and i love the loud fast busy enviorment



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Disappointed

The food at this restaurant was wonderful. Unfortunately, the service and servers our party of eight encountered last Saturday night were awful. It took almost 3-1/2 hours to eat. Our reservation was 7:30 and we were not even offered bread until 8:15. They ran out of the ?special fish dish? that two in our party ordered. It was so long between courses that by the time our main courses arrived no one was hungry. The servers were clueless and refused to acknowledge that the service was slow. We ordered coffee and one woman wanted hot water with lemon. Her hot water arrived 10 minutes after we all drank our coffee minus the lemon. The server said they were all out of lemon. She questioned another server about the lemon and he was able to bring her some. The problem was that they were out of cut lemon slices. The server had to cut her a piece. When we tried to pay our bill, we were told that that the policy of the restaurant was that they could only accept three credit cards; the other couple would have to pay cash. This was not posted nor were we told when making the reservation or by the server when we ordered our dinner. Since the other couple did not bring cash, they eventually took the fourth card but it took another half hour. Despite the wonderful food I would not recommend this restaurant. There are many other establishments where the food is good and the servers are trained to make the customer feel they are worth a slice of lemon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not the typical spaghetti and meatballs

This place is great. It's no wonder they've been in business for so long. One of the things that impressed me the most was the service. For example, our server wouldn't take my empty plate away until my husband had finished his meal -- this is very old school but it's proper serving etiquette (I'm a real stickler for details). Clearing my husband's plate while I'm still eating always makes me feel rushed. I can't say enough how delightful it was to be in a restaurant where the staff seemed genuinely flattered to have you there. No wonder, we soon learned that our server was part owner (his wife is the hostess and his mother-in-law is the chef).

They recently expanded and moved down the street from their original (small) location to a larger venue. The two adjoining dining rooms are set up in a way that accommodates larger parties in one room but also leaves smaller tables for couples and foursomes. I appreciated the way they spaced everyone out - a lot of BYOs try to cram as many tables in as possible, to the point where you're often seated less than a foot away from the couple next to you.

We indulged in a three course meal and enjoyed every part of the meal. To his credit, our server tried to talk us out of ordering so much food (he was right - we took home a doggie bag).

For his ""prima plati"" my husband had mussels which were large and succulent and came in a lovely, light broth (excellent for the bread!) For our ""secondi"" we both had absolutely amazing homemade pasta. My husband's gnocchi was probably the best I've ever had. for me, nothing beats a great tomato sauce and Tre Scalini does not disappoint. Our final course was a lamb dish which was tasty but I prefer mine a little rarer -- I asked for ""medium rare"" and it arrived medium. Although, I must state that my husband disagreed with me and thought it was excellent.

Needless to say, we did not have room for dessert, but are looking forward to returning.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Now if you are off for an evening of fine dining in an intimate setting, then you have found the right place. The food is with out a question true Italian cooking. So if you are expecting spaghetti and meatballs I bet you would be disappointed, hahahaha. The food is always fresh and always prepared to perfection. Try the beans and shrimp followed by the swordfish, you'll thank me.



Provided by Citysearch - 
never a disappointment

I've eaten all over the world and dine at Tre Scalini every time I'm in town and have only been made happier each time. In response to the most recent review by ""affinity,"" who is of course entitled to his/her opinion: this restaurant has never been a disappointment, food is always superb and with all do respect ""not easy to get into"" unless you call ahead for the weekends. If you are going out for cheap food (e.g. and entree below $20 bucks) then go to a fast food establishment where they compromise quality. As for dessert, their tiramisu is the best!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Underwhelming food, extraordinary prices

Underwhelming food at extraordinary prices. The Risotto was undercooked but ok. The staff was not so great when we entered. She suggested a large eggplant dish as a vegetarian entree. It was 5 pieces of eggplant and was decent but unremarkable, except for the 20.00 price for those 5 pieces. The dessert was an overly refrigerated and too lemony ricotta cheesecake. There are very many far better Italian restaurants that cost the same or less.



Provided by Citysearch - 
a must have!!

I still crave for the black pasta dish with crabmeat, or the lobster ravioli, and ...oh... the tiramisu to finish up is a masterpiece... Excellent service and very friendly patron, makes you wonder why other restaurants such as PIF are even still in business. Tre Scalene, Bellissimo!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
just like grandma made it

The food here has that old world, homestyle flavor that is hard to find these days. The use of seasonings are never overdone and the garlic use is perfect. Suffice it to say that the food here just tastes better than most other Italian restaurants.



Provided by Citysearch - 
a real Italian home cookin' place

This place makes you believe in South Philly Italian restaurants. It has a real family feel, both in decor and service. The dishes are large, excellently prepared (albeit a bit heavy on the salt) and plainly presented as it would be in Italy. I have never had a bad dish here and always overindulged because the food was so good. A great place for a large group.



Provided by Citysearch - 

For all the people that have a problem with the decor at this fantastic restaurant, a little hint. The owner/chef of the place is an old school italian lady. old school italian ladies don't go to restaurants, they like to cook for people. the ""decor"" is like home. if you want flash go to center city. If you want real italian food in it's natural setting, then go to tre scalini



Provided by Citysearch - 
Simplicty taken to an artform

It's impossible to order badly here. Start with the succulent zuppa di pesce, the cheerful fennel and orange, the essential funghi con prosciutto. The pastas are consistently excellent, from the signature black pappardelle with prawns and jumbo lump crab meat in a fresh tomato base, to the simple but delicious spaghetti ala chittara in a tomato-basil or marinara sauce (my favorite). The fish dishes are always ""specials,"" chosen from what is best and freshest that day at Ippolitto's just a block away. Try the tilapia or sea bass or red snapper prepared in a fruity black olives and fresh tomato Livornese sauce. The salmon is simplicity taken to an art form, a pinwheel filet in a simple olive oil base with a crunch on top and perfect temperature within. The secret to Tre Scalini's excellence is freshness and simplicity - and the matchless talent of its kitchen.



Provided by Citysearch - 
haven italiano

this is by far the best italian food that has ever crossed my lips, (sorry uncle vinny). the waitstaff if polite and helpful in deciding from the numerous options. the daily specials are always creative and mouthwatering. may i also recommend the gnocchi, which are so fresh and light, it makes it hard for me to order anything else everytime i go!



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Super consistant. Great intalian food at very fair prices. Setting can be a bit tight



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Italian food for American-Italians

The best food in Philadelphia. I make my travel plans around this restaurant. The seafood appetizer is the best!

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