Little Nonna's upscales Italian immigrant fare in a way even your grandmother could love

Nov 08, 2013 740

Perhaps it's because the dining room is so dark or because they're so perfectly cast, the lights are the first thing you see when pressing into Little Nonna's. Draped from one faux-pine-paneled wall to another at jaunty angles, the strings of glowing bulbs give the space a vibe of a backyard serenade, a Catholic school carnival, a South Philly street at Christmastime.

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, self-styled regents of 13th Street, know a thing or two about tapping into our collective subconscious with smart design choices. Nonna's is a born charmer. The walls display curvaceous Bundt pans, brass-frame mirrors and flower-print china like priceless artwork. 

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