Our History

The Sena family tradition of culinary excellence dates back to early 1947 when Carlo "Papa" Sena began to cook in postwar Naples. The family carried this experience across the Atlantic and opened La Famiglia in 1976 in the shell of a Colonial tea warehouse. With the help of his family, and a lot of hard work and dedication, Carlo turned La Famiglia into one of Philadelphia's top culinary institutions.

Since their father retired from the kitchen in the early nineties, Carlo's two sons, Giuseppe and Gino have maintained the first-class image of La Famiglia that its long-time patrons recall from the early days. Those who consider themselves to be La Famiglia loyalists can still find that same level of service.

Today, La Famiglia stands as the finest Italian restaurant in Philadelphia and a major landmark on the city's vibrant dining scene. It has earned an international reputation as one of the finest examples of gourmet Italian cuisine to be served outside of Italy.