La Viola Ovest – Solid Italian BYOB…but don’t dawdle

We went to La Viola Ovest (252 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA) last night with a good friend for dinner.  We didn’t arrive starving as we had some charcuterie at home before heading out for dinner and looked forward to a leisurely meal.  The food at La Viola is usually on the money, so we brought some wine to compliment it and looked forward to an enjoyable meal.  After our waiter read us the specials, he waited about 3 minutes before coming back and hovering over our table until we noticed him and asked for some more time.  Once we ordered, our appetizers were on the table 5 minutes later.  Once they were picked up, our entrees arrived no slower than 10 minutes thereafter.  Pastas were cooked perfectly and my veal was fork-tender; the food is the focus here, no doubt.  We were full and elected to skip dessert and felt rushed to leave after that point.  For the price, it’s a great deal $24pp including tip, but if you’re looking to chill out with your wine after dinner, this may not be the best choice.

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