Core de Roma - West Chester

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$30 and under
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Core de Roma Trattoria is a casual BYOB, intimate, family owned Trattoria, offering authentic Roman cuisine while upholding the best of Roman tradition. Some examples of our mouth watering Roman delicacies include our signature Artichokes alla Core de Roma, Saltimbocca, and Bucatini alla Matriciana. Contrary to what some people say, we spelled our name as "Core de Roma" intentionally, meaning "The Heart of Rome" in our family's dialect. Our ultimate goal is to make all of our customers feel like family through our cozy atmosphere, friendly service, and home-made dishes. At Core de Roma you can expect the true heart of Rome in the heart of West Chester.
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MB
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal with outstanding service. The owners could not be nicer.

RH
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another pleasant visit. This restaurant never disappoints.

w
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most amazing, authentic Italian restaurant around! My husband and I are foodies and usually go to Italian BYOs in Philadelphia, but this is our new favorite place! The food is absolutely delicious, always very hot, which I appreciate, and service is excellent! The owners are always there, waiting on tables and making sure customers are happy, which we always are! And it is BYO, which is nice!

BF
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very friendly service

KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent and the service was great! Will definitely eat here again.

G
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good but there was only one server for entire restaurant. Owner was not very friendly but eventually brought water, bread and took our orders. Not a very welcoming place.

JP
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great, our favorite place for Italian food. We have probably been there 50+ times over many years. Free parking is also available and that is a bonus as compared to the Borough of West Chester.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Gigi for a fantastic Roman dinner. The carbonara was the most authentic I have had since Roma!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was amazing and best of all, gluten free!

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cor de Roma does it right. The owner meets you at the door and greets you... in our case he walked us over to our table and introduced the waitress.
We ordered appetizers and leisurely had a glass of wine. Afterwards we ordered our entries and subsequently coffees and dessert.

All the food was perfectly prepared and delicious.

A nice relaxing experience with excellent food and service
Grazie Gigi!

f
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food every time. Love the artichoke appetizer. Branzino special was excellent.

JK
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant on the east side of West Chester. The sauce and pasta are superb. We will be back!

JG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food!!!! Friendly staff!!

SA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu is extensive and the food was excellent. The wait staff was cordial and efficient without being overbearing. We had several visits from the owner to ensure that our meal and set met our expectations., A hidden gem in a small, older strip mall. And BYOB is a plus.

J
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic delights; great owners who care for you and your dining enjoyment

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

This restaurant keeps getting better and better. The welcome was warm and the service was great. And the food was just absolutely fantastic. Delicious preparation, generous portions and a fabulous variety from which to choose. I love this place!

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

The food was delicious and presentation and value excellent.
We liked the on site parking.
It was out first time and we will definitely return.

M
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was just OK, and not worth the $85 price tag for 2 entrees, 1 appetizer & 1 dessert. This is a BYOB, so we only had water. I had pasta alla carbanaro, wife had fish of the day. Sorry, we won't recommend.....

J
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our Go-To nice dining facility. Very friendly owners and staff; great food and overall great value

KP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our first visit to Core de Roma on Friday night over the 4th of July weekend. The owner, Luigi (Gigi) greeted us after we were seated, opened our wine, and suggested menu items for us to try. We shared the Supploni al Telefono appetizer, which was delicious and very filling, as was the homemade bread. I ordered the Eggplant Parmesan dinner and my husband had Spaghetti Puttanesca. Both were excellent - the eggplant was sliced very thin and not breaded, rather layered like lasagna. The restaurant was not full, probably due to the holiday weekend, yet it was still quite noisy, however, the food was very good and the atmosphere enjoyable, so we will return even though it's a bit loud.

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

Everything was excellent! Waitress was very attentive and accommodating. The owner came over and opened our wine for us. I had the rigatoni alla boscaiola which was amazing and my boyfriend had a seafood pasta dish which was great as well. Overall a great experience and will definitely be returning!!

RR
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Home style Italian! Wonderful!!!

EB
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. You have to check out this BYOB Spot!

FU
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was the first time we went to Core de Roma and we would go definitely go back. Great place.

BF
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as always. The eggplant parmigiana is the best I have had. We also tried the pasta with black pepper, I don’t remember the name. It was amazing especially if you like pepper

AB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. One of my fav Italian spots in the area.

D
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is varied and the dishes are always superb. I love this place.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking forward to a Father's Day lunch and truly enjoyed the warm hospitality of the restaurant owners. Because of the early hour, the Father's Day crowd had not arrived. We had the restaurant to ourselves. What a treat! We each had a fish entree prepared with an unctious lemon sauce and enjoyed the homemade Tiramisu and ricotta cheesecake as well. A return visit with friends for sure.

P
Orlando
45 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in West Chester.... you can count on friendly service, great food and a welcoming atmosphere. What’s not to love!

P
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we were greeted promptly and enjoyed a great meal with friendly helpful servers. We will be going back and we would recommend.

DK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love the restaurant, love the food, the owner could not be nicer, this is our favorite place in West Chester and beyond! You do need to change out the ceiling tile for something which has better acoustics sometime in the near future.

JP
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great place! The fact that we have been there on 40 to 50 occasions over several years, usually with a good number of friends and scheduled group get togethers for the Sunday pranzo offering, speaks for itself. Two bonuses deserve mention, free parking in the lot out front and it is a BYOB.

SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food!!

BF
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food as always. The pasta is perfectly prepared. Highly recommended and BYO

TK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and service. Owner is genuinely interested in the entire process, checking in with the table twice during our meal. Highly recommended!

L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Delicious food and great service.
Will definitely be going back!!!

BS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited Core de Roma on Mother’s Day. The food was great. I had the lobster and crab ravioli in a blush sauce. My wife had the spaghetti carbonara. We enjoyed our meals and will return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food and very nice people.

LD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a good meal. Had the pasta special and it was wonderful.

E
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE place for authentic Italian food! Definitely going back. Easy parking too.

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