Core de Roma - West Chester
Core de Roma - West Chester

Core de Roma - West Chester

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.corederoma.us/
  • Phone: 6107018485x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Sunday 12:00pm - 2:30pm;

    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm;
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Papa Gigi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We can customize catering upon request.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adams Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The restaurant has his own parking lot.
A word from Core de Roma - West Chester
Core de Roma Trattoria is a casual, 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 Philly.
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Core de Roma - West Chester reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (91)fit for foodies (64)good for groups (44)special occasion (35)romantic (18)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (9)great for brunch (4)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food is very good and the service was great. Unfortunately, the noise level is off the charts! Would recommend going on a week night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Core de Roma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    First time patrons. Recommended by friends. Upon arrival, greeted by owner and taken to a comfortable and spacious table immediately. Waite staff was quick, friendly and informative. We brought our wine, (BYOB). Bread, appetizer and entree were all outstanding. Concluded dinner with tea, (varied choices) and cappuccino which were excellent. No room for dessert! All food was original and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was excellent, we had a party of 7 and everyone loved their meals. Portions were perfect - even had some "take home". The service was excellent and the staff efficient and helpful. There were several large parties but still served efficiently and timely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh Italian!
    KARfoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We enjoyed our first time at Core de Roma. Everything was delicious & fresh. Real candles on the tablres are a nice romantic touch. The burrata melted in our mouths, and the artichoke appetizer was very good. The seafood in the cioppino was all very fresh & plentiful. My chicken dish with crabmeat was delicious. Portions were good-sized and somehow we managed to clear our plates despite the quantity of foo. We had a good server who took better care of us than did some of the other servers at other tables around us. We just wish we'd realized this was a BYO establishment, since wine would've made the meal even more complete. We plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • td
    mondVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Delicious items on the menu as well as their specials, great service and pleasant people at reception and at the table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was great. Management and waiter checked to make sure all was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mr Tom Mc Lean
    love2dineout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent food. Real Italian style. Most important, that really made our night, was the excellent service we received from our server, Tina. Although it was very crowded, she handled herself as if we were the only ones in the restaurant. She was very attentive. And more important, she smiled every time she came over to the table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a special find in West Chester
    avalon39
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoyed our first time dining at 'Core de Roma" very much -- food was wonderful and large portions - plus great that it is a 'BYOB' can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second, third time
    Marbles
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our first/second visits had been good, but not knockout. Now we took friends (italian friends) and had absolutely wonderful food (braciole, valdostana, Bronzino). Our friends will definitely be back, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • FoodDude
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a great first visit we will be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great BYOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Went here for a repeat visit, first time we loved the food and service but found the back room very loud, and that impacted our enjoyment. This time we asked to sit in the front room and it was fantastic. We had a nice quiet table along the window, the selection is very good. My wife had the veal marsala, which she loved. I had a special home made fettuccini with shrimp and crab in a fra diavolo, spicy, sauce. Both were excellent. We started with a special mozzarella, prosciutto, peppers appetizer. Brought one of our favorite Italian wines, we go to BYO's so we can accompany our wines with a great meal and this place did the trick.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Funny Spot, Great Place
    TwoProfs
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A strip mall outside of downtown West Chester--not a likely location, but it works well. Service is very friendly and the food is terrific. The only downside is the noise level; sit in the front room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Food
    IrocketVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The lasagna is the best in the area, melts in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a wonderful dining experience.
    grand4
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Core de Roma is a true Italian cuisine restaurant. The food is made fresh and the dishes are those that are sampled in Italy. My husband is Italian and this is one of the few Italian restaurants that he enjoys. Even the desserts are delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Noisy with Adequate Food
    VegetarianVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    On a recent visit, Core de Roma was so noisy it was impossible to have a conversation. Our server was nice but not skilled, with multiple spills of one bottle of champagne. The evening was punctuated with crashes of china, glasses, and silverware--most by the waitstaff. Food ok. Nothing particularly inventive--including the specials. Would not go back for dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We Miss Core De Roma in Phila!
    sacean1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Core De Roma in West Chester was transported from Philadelphia with the same fine leadership and vision of Luigi and company. My husband and I recently enjoyed our favorite mouth-watering veal chop stuffed with prosciutto and cheese and infamous bolognaise over fettuccini (added cream to the West Chester recipe for us Philadelphians). A BYOB, this place is a real treat for anyone looking for authentic Italian with the flavors and tastes of Rome. We miss him in our Center City neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JPFoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great authentic Iltalian! Dinner was great. Good food, nice waiter. Price reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like it a lot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We have visited Core de Roma at least once a month for the past year and have had terrific food and service every time. They are now open for lunch and a first visit was great. Our only complaint at dinner is the noise level. Somebody had the bright idea to paint the ceiling tiles so there is nothing to cut down the decibel level. They also have an online reservation that, so far, has worked flawlessly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • H82cok
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Dinner was delicious. Enjoyed some wonderful Italian specialties
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A diamond in the rough
    Jackie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Core de Roma is such a great hidden gem. Great food, great service, and a nice place for a girls night out or date night. Love that it's a BYOB so the bill doesn't get outrageous because of the bar tab. No complaints. Definitely would recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JoanneVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Consistently good and staff very friendly and attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disaappointed but will try again
    Rick
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went to Core de Roma because we had been there once before and had a decent experience. We loved the food and were looking forward to the dinner. Unfortunately we had a pretty bad experience this time. We reached on time and had a online reservation. We were received by a gentleman and he was very friendly. He went to find a table for us but no one came back for more than 15 mins. Disappointed, we just left.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Exceptional Italian food -- love the BYOB feature too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love fresh pasta
    AfromGlenolden
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Not too many places you can get fresh gnocci handcut? Delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will give another try
    pavoglers
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My first visit and I have mixed feelings. We were seated next to a large table celebrating a birthday, so it was very noisy. There was only one server working the whole room so service was slow. My veal chop was delicious and the mashed potatoes seasoned to perfection. My artichoke app. not so good; the meatballs were good but nothing special. The gnocchi were light but lacked the fork tine roll off special touch. Skip the tiramisu. I will be going back to try some seafood and hope it not so loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lippo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Broad menu and excellent food. Easy parking. Excellent wait staff. BYOB an extra plus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will try again
    MM0822
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Pleasant restaurant and owner greeted us at the door. Food very good, but service much too slow. About an half hour before our food order was taken. Will give it another shot at some point.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite place!
    ChaddsfordfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I love to try restaurants all over Chester County, and this is still by far, our favorite! The service is excellent and the food is outstanding! This is our 'go to' place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply excellent
    flowtopsVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I experienced Trippa alla Romana for the first time and also had the Rigatoni alla Boscaiola.I highly recommend this restaurant for foodies to experience culinary excellence using basic ingredients in wonderful ways. AND its a BYOB!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    LifeIsGood
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had dinner with friends at Core de Roma. We all chose different dishes and were all pleased. The food was well prepared and came out in a timely manner. Fortunately the restaurant was not full, due to the Labor Day holiday, which kept the noise level down. The owner was very attentive and responded quickly when called upon. The staff was friendly and fun. However, there was not enough staff, and we had to call on te owner often for service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh what a find!!!
    Food123
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is such a fun place, the service was great, food excellent, take as long as you want to order they will not rush you through, when you're ready they will be ready. The owner stopped by to see if we were being taken care of and everything was to our liking. I wanted a shrimp dish that was not on the menu; but no problem, it was prepared as if Mom was in the kitchen. We met some lovely people sitting nearby who we chatted with briefly, then some other locals stopped by our table on their way out. I have a very good feeling we are going to become steady locals and certainly be back with some of our friends. Let's not tell too many people or we won't be able to be walk-ins.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Trish
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our 5 visit to Core de Roma and we can't wait to go back. The salads are fresh and interesting. The food arrives hot and I have enjoyed grilled fish, veal, chicken and pasta all of which were excellent. Trish G.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alway have had a great experience!
    JoeFeola
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have eaten here sevrral times, with both smsll and large groups and have always had good food and great service! I highly recommend Core de Roma!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always outstanding in every way
    Extonfoodies
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have dined at Core de Roma at least 5 times. The food, service, and atmosphere have been exceptional every time. This has become our go-to place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely, Delicious AND BYOB
    ItalianLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our first time here and it was a delight! The appetizers were fabulous and our veal dishes were tender and flavorful. The Meatball app was our favorite and the sauce was delicious!! Too bad it is not the same sauce served with the main courses ... that one was thin and not as rich. Our waitress was a delight ... attentive, pleasant and accommodating. If she had been our only server my rating for service would have been 5 stars! Unfortunately, the waiter she shared our table with was somewhat rude ... didn't smile, rushed through the appetizers (we had to have our waitress repeat them), and when asked a question he appeared to be annoyed by our presence. We will definitely return but will request a different server.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BuntzVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Very good Italian food with attentive service in a casual atmosphere. Portions are large with enough left over for lunch the next day. A nice addition to the West Chester scene.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tfon
    Tfon
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Hadn't been for a year or so and very pleasantly surprised by food choices and quality of dishes!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brought the clan
    Westchestergrandfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We took 3 children and 5 adults for dinner and had a nice dinner. Loved that they had a round table big enough for all of us. We sampled quite a variety of dishes, but I think the veal chop might have been the winner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food but understaffed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went on Wednesday evening in August and it was had good crowd, perhaps this was unexpected so they were unstaffed. The food was decent (not great and not bad). Servings were generous. Service was mediocre at best.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm and Welcoming
    Smartcookie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is the third time I have been to Core de Roma, the first were for dinner and this time for lunch. The owner makes you feel like you are a guest in her home and she truly wants you to enjoy your meal. The menu is quite varied and dishes are authentic. I especially like that it is a BYOB. Comfort food in a laid-back comfortable environment, I like it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate