Just wanted to post some feedback about La Viola Oeste in Philly. I never enter a new town without consulting chowhound first and once again--it paid off!
I had asked for a reasonably priced restaurant, near Rittenhouse square, that could be kind of family-friendly. It was myself, my husband, and our 8 yr. old daughter--who is quite tired of kiddie menus and the typically boring fried food they offer! She's got a decent palate already...
Anyway-La Viola did the trick. The service was super-attentive and didn't miss a beat, even if we did have three or four different guys come to the table throughout the meal. In concert, they were great. The food was excellent: my daughter had the Basil and Mozzeralla gnocchi--homemade and wonderful. My husband had Chicken Saltimbocca, which came with some roasted potatoes that we were all fighting over! And I had the special that night: Saffron Fettucine with fresh Clams & Shrimp. (I had to share mine quite a bit, too!!). Not much of a saffron feel to the dish, but again, the homemade pasta was a delight and the clams were melt-in-your-mouth tender.
And, as promised--the prices were fantastic--the most expensive dish was my special--loaded with clams and shrimp, at $19.95.
The decor leaves you kind of flat--it's very bland and a little cold-feeling. So much more could be done with the inside of a brownstone! But overall, I definitely recommend it.
Thanks again, chowhounders!