ITA 101

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892 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
ITA 101 is an authentic Italian restaurant that serves a limited, rotating menu with fresh, local ingredients. Chef Kevin Maher and the ITA101 staff invite you to bring your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy gourmet Italian cuisine.
ITA101 will give you a true farm to table experience. Chef Kevin only uses ingredients of the finest quality that are in-season. The menu is ever changing.
Chef Kevin wants to share with you his passion for authentic Italian cuisine and bring to your table a little piece of Italy.
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TD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very, very good. Pastas were excellent, octopus was tender, all food was spot on. Waiter was friendly & efficient. My first time there & I plan on returning.

B
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think I have mentioned before that my husband and I are very fond of this restaurant. The food is always a treat. Also, we like to select one item we haven’t ever tried before. I suggest you do the same. We have never been sorry with our choices. And, it keeps you from getting into a rut.
Friday evening, Patrick was our server. He was attentive, knowledgeable and helpful.
If you haven’t tried ITA - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

EP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good. We tried the Pasta Tasting Menu..all good. Some flavors were a bit mild when description eluded to bolder flavors. Noise level was overwhelmingly high...

MM
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every visit is enjoyable. The menu changes frequently so no need to be concerned about the same food. Limited menu means top quality every meal. A definite favorite.

JB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Damn! Absolutely fantastic! The Polipo Grigliato –
octopus, eggplant caponata, roasted grape tomato sauce is to die for!!! I have had it before on the menu but with artichokes... to me this is the overall winner though and the perfect combination. The Capelli d'Angelo Pesto Siciliano con Pomodoro –
angel hair, sun-dried tomato & almond pesto, pecorino, roasted pine nuts will send you over the moon!

So fantastic, I am a huge fan of this establishment and look forward to many more meals to come.

OT
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The home made pastas are outstanding. The menu always has very good specials. Always an enjoyable meal and one of my favorite BYOB's.

JK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve worked in the food and hospitality space for over 40 years. Married to a native Italian whose friends are restaurateurs in Florence, Rome and Napoli, has elevated my sensory perception and refined my technique.

Chef Kevin and his team last Friday evening absolutely delivered a 5 star memorable experience! From the ease, convenience and abundance of parking off of Main Street in beautiful downtown Medford, your eyes and soul are drawn to the quaint storefronts to the unassuming sign “ITA 101” The brilliance flashed before me as I starred at the sign, it’s name is reminiscent of a college course acronym, where those who upon entering will be educated in the sacred art of a dining experience. From the poised, attentive, and gracious waitstaff that immediately welcomed us and expertly made each course flow, to the gorgeous gastronomic masterpieces to the hand hewn pastas that Chef Kevin composed, all testified to his discipline and dedication in delighting guests! Bravo! Ancora!

PC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Maher - Spettacolare! Fantastic Food & Service - and a BYOB.

ITA 101 surpassed our expectations.

We started with the fresh strawberries with prosciutto and balsamic vinegar from the Emilia Romagna regional menu, a more savory pairing than the traditional melon but still a nice, tasty bite.

We then had the trio of smoked fish and the grilled octopus from the regular menu. Both delicious, the octopus was sublime.

For pasta, we had half portions of cacao e pepe chitarra and fettucine with rabbit ragu and apricots followed. I loved, loved my cacio e pepe and the rabbit ragu was incredible perfection. We both could have eaten full portions because they were THAT delicious!

Entrées were the short rib brasato from the regular menu and the braised boar shoulder from the regional menu. Meltingly tender, unctuous and amazing.

Dessert for me was the bicerin, a traditional Piedmontese hot drink native to Turin, Italy, made of espresso, drinking chocolate and whipped cream served layered in a small rounded glass and a dessert of English pea crème brulée and caramelized strawberries from their June Sagre English Peas menu. The other dessert was the Vanilla gelato with fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar from the regional menu.

Superlative service from the staff along with the amazing food made for a delightful evening as we sipped a bottle of our favorite old vine zinfandel and conversed through dinner. The small space evokes a European ambiance and camouflaged acoustic baffles scattered across the wall and ceiling allow for conversation without difficulty through dinner.

A gem of a restaurant in South Jersey that will whisk you away to a true Italian Ristorante/Trattoria for a few pleasurable hours. Be sure to take along your favorite person and your favorite bottles of wine. We have been back regularly for dinner and brunch and for Chef Maher's cooking classes.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta tasting was tremendous and everything was timed perfectly. Our server, Morgan, was excellent as always.

AJ
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been dining there since opening day. Chef Kevin has consistently exceeded our expectations but last night set new highs. A better dinner can’t be found anywhere in South Jersey. We refer to ITA as our second home kitchen. Thank you for continuing to delight our entire family.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience as always!

RT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Received an email advertising a specific Sunday menu for 8/4, set up the reservation based on that email. When we got there the menu had been changed which was quite disappointing. None the less, the food was exceptional as always, service was very good. Always look forward to going to ITA 101.

JM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!! Wonderful dining experience . The staff were warm and so friendly. Can’t express enough how great the food was. Thank you Kevin for always putting out the most delicious dishes!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was delicious! Celebrated my husbands birthday! Service is outstanding. One of the best restaurant I have eaten in.

T
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always a wonderful dining experience. A hidden gem in South Jersey with Chef Kevin as one of the most innovative and creative shifts in the entire area. His staff is well-trained and well versed in what is being prepared that night. The menu was always based around regions in Italy, always a surprise and always support. Excellent job. Keep up the good work.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pasta was amazing as always but the other appetizers and entree were not up to par compared to our previous experience.

j
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great but after the byob people had a couple drinks on board, it got so loud I couldn’t hear the other people at the table. We’ll come back but either for lunch or a week night. The food was definitely worth the noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful!

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my 17 year old son and my husband for the price fixe pasta tasting menu on a weeknight and everything was absolutely delicious! Each dish was like a beautiful jewel - first you look at the beautiful presentation, then the aroma and finally the taste! I loved every course. Chef Kevin is extremely talented. Plus, the attentiveness of the servers - they anticipate your needs. I highly recommend ITA 101 for a special occasion as well as for a delicious weeknight or weekend meal.

KN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our 1st time here and yet it is always a new and unique experience with an ever changing menu. The chef/owner clearly puts his heart and soul into making it a memorable experience. We traveled all through Italy and this restaurant always takes us back there.

Great, innovative menu. Fresh ingredients. Wonderful waitstaff.

Excellent restaurant!

CH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From appetizers to dessert there wasn’t anything we ordered that we didn’t love! Absolute most is the home made tiramisu!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, not amazing like I had heard it was. The best thing I had that night was the dessert and the bread with olive oil in the beginning of the meal. Service was excellent, our waitress was very nice and attentive. We did have a very nice table right by the window!

PW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time, great food... will be back

KZ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable! We will definitely go back.

LW
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We planned an early dinner because as older individuals we did not want lots of noise. The sound level was fine until we were finishing dessert and all the tables were full. One companion disliked her pasta. A taste made me feel it was not cooked quite enough. The waiter was more than attentive and offered another plate to replace it. The tasting menu was excellent.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Pasta tasting menu outstanding and a great value. Each course better than the prior one. This place truly deserves its top rating!

KR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum. Food is so authentic Italian.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the tasting menu was lovely. Each course was better than the next, not really, they were all equally fantastic.

c
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant. Chef always adds specials every few days. A little expensive but food is delicious. Also BYO

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were excellent, but portions were very small for the price. Also, they said it was a scratch kitchen, but we asked them to substitute pasta for mashed potatoes and they refused.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

20th wedding anniversary

BG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a great experience. This chef is so creative and servers are personable and helpful.

KF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome Sunday brunch menu, and a perfect outdoor table made for a fabulous end-of-the-weekend experience. Chef Kevin knows what he's doing! Super fresh, super tasty and the BYOB option keeps it economical.

CA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere. Accommodating staff and excellent food

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to ITA a number of times and it never disappoints. The weekend menus are always a different region of Italy and chef Kevin nails it every time. The pasta dishes are always fresh and delicious. The chicken with gnocchi is a favorite as well as the short rib. You can’t leave without trying the Tiramisu prepared table side.

J
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my wife and I had a wonderful dinner. Everything we ordered was exceptionally prepared from the squash blossom appetizer to the Sicilian ricotta pie. Our server was both friendly and knowledgeable and even though the room was crowded, the noise level was minimal.

o
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Morgan's service and interest in us the customers was terrific.

B
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The prix fixe menu on this Wednesday night included three homemade pastas which were each different and delicious. The octopus appetizer was very tender. One of the diners ordered off of the menu and her pasta dish was a chocolate fettucine with wild boar ragu. It was very good. Aside from the volume of noise, I would recommend the food!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was phenomenal. Had gotten the squid ink linguini and it was out of this world. Wait times were a little longer then expected when the food arrived but I guess you have to wait for good authentic food. The dining area has many sound foam boards soaking up the ambient noise. Very home like atmosphere with modern touches. The best part had to be the tiramisu that was prepared in front of us. Delicious!! 5/5

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ITA is amazing. Consistent high quality food

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