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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MG
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Burata was excellent as was the ricotta cheesecake.

EM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Luigi made us feel like we were home

BF
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

VG
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Valentine's Day. Had not made a reservation in a timely fashion, considering how busy it can be for Valentine's Day. We were able to get a table at 4:15, however. Everything was wonderful ....the atmosphere, staff, and especially the FOOD! Plus, byob! Will definitely be returning.

MO
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

So glad we stumbled on this BYOB:) Food was amazing and very authentic. All the owners and employees were wonderful. Artichoke appetizer was best I have had. We had to wait a bit for our reserved table but that was part of the fun. They opened our wine as we were waiting and we chatted with others waiting. There are parking lots right before and right after restaurant which is before the heart of downtown West Chester.

RH
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allways a great meal here. Nice atmosphere, excellent food, attentive staff, good prices. What not to like?

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good. Restaurant was very warm. Braciola portion was very small. Quality of food was good, but nothing exceptional. Nice ambiance, love byo.

P
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we were greeted and treated like returning family.
Server was attentive. Food as always was great.
We keep going back because it is always so reliable.

FC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was fantastic. CDR has some of the best Italian food in the area. The service however was a bit slow. Being only one of three tables in the restaurant, it took a while to get our bill and I had to look for the server, who I believe is one of the owners. She was doing everything, and there were no other servers. Regardless, it’s nothing to dissuade me from going back.

JS
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant with unbelievable food and people! This is a MUST go to restaurant straight from Italy!! Everyone loved their food!! The crespata soup is the best soup I ever had ANYWHERE!! The eggplant parm is to die for!!! Can not wait to go back!!!

JS
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have t been there for awhile, but we were very glad we went back! The food was excellent and very nice servers and people!

ER
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, fantastic service

BM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuine Italian cuisine with great service. Also a BYOB which helps make it a very reasonable night out!

c
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a great time but would request a table not in the middle of the restaurant. The perimeter tables would make this 5 stars instead of 4.

MP
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is our go-to restaurant in West Chester. My wife is a vegan and the chef accommodated her diet by making an excellent plate of grilled vegetables. And I had the grilled tuna special, which was a first for me. Both meals were excellent. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was packed and lively. But we had no issue conversing among ourselves and our guests. This little Roman Tratoria BYOB is a gem and well worth the visit. If it is your first visit, check out the artichoke appetizer which is the closest thing to genuine Roman cuisine that you will find.

FP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This restaurant has changed since it first opened. When I ate there several years ago I would have rated the food as outstanding and truly Italian, but I think that now they cater more to American tastes. However, it is still VERY GOOD food and the prices are great.
The "ambiance" is not good, though, as we were squashed in like sardines and the noise level was VERY loud! Even though the tables are small-ish and we sat close to each other, the 4 of us could barely hear each other without yelling to be heard!
SIGH - I am so tired of trying to go to dinner with friends and actually being able to TALK to each other! We did have reservations, but I should have specified that we wanted to eat in the outer room (where the "bar" is - although they have no liquor license, the bar is still there. It's much quieter there!

LI
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Toast to the New Year/ Decade

r
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

It was a very busy Saturday night and service was uncharacteristically slow. We had a 6:30 reservation for my husband's birthday and were offered the opportunity to wait for a table or take the only one that was available when we arrived. We opted for the available table which was unfortunately in a high traffic area; not ideal, but we felt it was better to take it vs. wait for the other party to vacate the "good" table. It took 17 minutes for a server to approach our table to open our wine as a large party was seated just after we were. It was nearly 30 minutes before our appetizers arrived. The food was, however, perfectly prepared and delicious.

P
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love this restaurant but the service was a little off this evening. Maybe it was just they could not handle the crowd.

E
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Staff is wonderful. A lovely place for any occasion.

SN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I Was disappointed because the pasta was not homemade.
Waiter said only the gnocchi is.

Core de Roma - West Chester
Responded on December 17, 2019

We are sorry you were disappointed with your visit, but after reading your review, I would like to clarify one misunderstanding. It is not true that the only home made pasta are the gnocchi. The home made pasta in our restaurant are: Gnocchi, lasagna, cavatelli, ravioli etc. Also, The non home made pastas used in our restaurant are spaghetti, penne, linguine and capellini. We use the De Cecco brand that is the best and most expensive pasta in Italy and USA. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cannot stop talking about the food...it was beyond fabulous and is probably the best italian restaurant in the Philadelphia area. Truly authentic Roman style italian food that far surpasses your expectations! Be sure to try the artichokes, meatballs, calamari and essentially any dish! UNBELIEVABLE!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

JH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with my girlfriends...foiod was top notch...love it here..

BF
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and fresh as always

j
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food just ok, very salty , nothing special

m
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good meal and attentive service. Be sure to check with the server or the owner who is often there about specials. The dinners are classic homemade Italian. Can't get much better value.

CW
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner with wonderful service. We will return soon

AB
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic dinner my husband, sons, and I had at Core de Roma on a Saturday evening! From the moment we walked in until we made our exit, we were treated like gold. Everything was delicious, and the service was top notch. All employees seemed happy to be there and worked well together. Great evening for all of us!

JA
Philadelphia
121 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a last minute decision to dine. We split a great mixed salad with very flavorful dressing. My wife had a fettuccine with sausage and I had a lamb shank with carrots and risotto. Both were just terrifically prepared with great flavors. Shared the tiramisu, which is made with Marsala wine and was great. Enjoyed a great bottle of Italian wine from home. Service was attentive and the owner visited our table several times, a nice touch.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Core de Roma, and used this latest opportunity to introduce friends to the restaurant. We were not disappointed. We had a very enjoyable and relaxing lunch.

RM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food is very good and prices are reasonable. Waitstaff aims to please. My wife and I were there with another couple during the week and my wife is going there again with some of her friends.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian food. I highly recommend the Bruschetta and Linguine alla Peacatore!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. From the salad to the entrees everything was perfect. The owner comes over to check on you throughout the entire meal and everything is made to perfection. Cannot wait to go back

RC
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Warm and welcoming staff. A wonderful place to spend an evening with authentic Italian food

S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing... brought me back to my childhood spending summers in Rome. Bronzino, artichokes, gnocchi... everything was wonderful. Can’t wait to return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such quality food! The atmosphere was perfect for a Friday night date. Staff was very tentative and very friendly! The owner was very personable and greeted each table- we can’t wait for our next visit!

A
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious Italian meal. Eggplant was perfecto!!!
Owners are very personable
Enjoyed wonderful tiramisu

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding home made pasta and wonderful service.
Great place for an old fashioned Italian meal. Big parties can make the noise level too high for an intimate dinner but don’t let that stop you!

L
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come here as a couple, but we have also come here with groups of friends. They are so welcoming to groups and you never feel like you are being hurried. It’s like being in Italy where you practically rent the table for the evening! The food is always delicious and there’s so many choices.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant was not open when we got there at noon.