Core de Roma
Core de Roma

Core de Roma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.corederoma.us/
  • Phone: 2155929777
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:
    Open only for private parties
    Dinner:

    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
    Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:30pm

    Closed Mondays

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Papa Gigi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Party trays by request.
  • Private Party Facilities: Only for private party.
  • Private Party Contact: Luigi Pinti 2155929777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Meter parking in the neighborhood. Also, there are various garages close by. We recommend Park of America on Lombard between 2nd and 3rd, which we validate for a discount.
A word from Core de Roma
*2012 ZAGAT Rated: Food(25) Service(23)* *2011 ZAGAT Rated: Food(25) Service(23)* *2010 ZAGAT Rated: Food(23) Service(24)* *2009 ZAGAT Rated: Food(23) Service(24)* 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 Romana, Abbacchio(Lamb chops) scotta dito, and Bucatini all'amatriciana. 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 reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating2.8
  • Food3
    Service2.5
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    FYI: After I made the reservation through Open Table the restaurant had a disclaimer stating it was closed and no longer taking reservations as of June 23rd. I called and left them a message. Their recording did not state they were closed but no one ever contacted me back so I assume they shut down. We did not go to the restaurant.
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  • The Restaurant was Closed!
    JustJoy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We wanted to go to Core de Roma because of the great ratings. We made a reservation via Open Table for our anniversary dinner. I also called them and left a message on their voicemail, which they did not respond, but thought, "maybe they're just busy". We got there and there was an official looking sign in the window that said they would would be changing owners. I really wished they would've changed the voicemail message to say that the restaurant was temporarily closed. And I also wish that they had told Open Table about this change, too. At the last minute (literally) we needed to find another good restaurant in Philadelphia near South Street at 6pm on a Saturday night.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 228 reviews are from the Core de Roma reviews archive.
  • Unprententous Excellence
    BobbobVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Well, the ambiance does not lead you to expect much: the room is not special, the wine list is modest, the service is less than attentive... But...OH, MY! The food is FABULOUS!! When you sit down they bring a plate of beans: wonderful! After quizing the waitress, we ordered the Eggplant Parmesan (Very Good!) and the Ox Tail Stew (TO DIE FOR!!). Next time in Phily, we'll be back, for sure!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Food was fine
    crackcrab
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Unfortunately, we didn't have a good experience. The restaurant was too packed. Too long to even get a menu. Ordered a drink, but it never came. The bean app was good, just the right amount of oil, very flavorful. We ordered different chicken dishes, good but not outstanding. The desert was good - chocolate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst service ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    There were 8 of us and they wanted to cram us at a table that would fit 6. Once seated, we had to ask for menus. None of the servers were able to figure out who was in charge of our table. We asked each of them to take drink orders several times and were told "You're not my table", "I'll find someone", "Let me check". We waited 40 minutes before someone took responsibility of our table. Which was crazy since there were only about 8 tables in the restaurant. There was no one person in charge. The servers were pulling triple duty, busing tables, serving and bartending. The place was totally disorganized. The positive is the food was delicious, but not worth the hour plus wait. The West Chester location is 1,000 times better!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kate
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was not as good as usual. New manager and staff so not familiar with menu.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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  • Good food, odd waitress
    TarzansgirlVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Terrific veal dishes, antipasto, and calamari, topped off with out of this world desserts --light as a feather tiramisu and intense but not heavy chocolate cake. However, our water glasses were frequently empty, and the waitress did not seem to know the menu well at all....no matter what we ordered, it seemed that she had never heard of the dish before. Otherwise, a very nice meal and a terrific value (about $45 a head inc. tax and tip).
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Maybe an Off Night
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    All the food we had was delicious. The menu is large enough to find something for everybody. I would ask about the price of the specials before ordering them. The service was very slow and the wait staff kept forgetting the things we asked for. They seemed understaffed, so I will chalk it up to that. Ours appetizers and meals were great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lasagna is "out of bounds"
    ESJTVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We visit Core de Roma regularly. The meat lasagna was a first and it was SPECTACULAR. Dinners are always good, service is friendly and great. A neat neighborhood restaurant, like a trattoria in Rome.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is consistently outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I ordered one of the evening's specials, ravioli with crab meat and shrimp which came with Alfredo sauce, but I had it with blush sauce and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    GourmetWannabe
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    My third visit and I'll continue to go. The place is authentic, the music is in the background -pleasant and you're able to carry a conversation without raising your voice- and the food is always superb
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night alive
    ESJTVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Core de Roma always is great but this particular Saturday night it was loud. A very large family group and loud tald. But great food brought forgiveness. This is a find restaurant, just be careful when it's full to capacity. Other than that don't pass it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopefully just a bad night...
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I can't imagine the Service is this poor every night. We actually thought we might be on hidden camera it was so bad. The staff were new and clearly stressed and overwhelmed. At first it was irritating because we just stood and waited. And then sat and waited. But then it got to the point where we started to feel badly for all of the servers. It was chaos from the moment we walked in, until just after we were served our entrees. It seemed like the Manager--or more likely the Owner--came in and the energy became less stressed and it flowed better. I don't know if there is a typically a bartender but it must be truly a bring your own wine, because the servers had no idea how to make cocktails and they took forever to get.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wilbur
    WilburVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Each of the 5 people who attended thought the food was good, especially the veal dishes ( although the sauces were a bit to sweet ). Dessert was fair at best. The waiting staff is a bit overwhelmed and you will not be rushed. We were there for 2:45 minutes . It is a shame the staff has to clean tables and also set- up. Most important you will have trouble hearing people at your table - very loud.
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  • A nice night
    Swi1
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Small place but was a pleasant surprise. Food and service were very good with a family feel.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great South Street Restaurant
    YardleyVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The food and service is great. A very charming restuarants and everything was tasty and delicious. Will be go back again when we are back in Philadelphia. Tara was a great waitress, helpful and provided excellent service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful night out
    NB96
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner. The server shared the daily specials, and they didn't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    Pattyz
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Loved the whole experience. The owner will accommodate anything off the menu if you ask. the artichokes were incredible! Great food ever time we go and for many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always at the top of our list
    leelovesitalian
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Always at the top of our list - delicioso! Enjoyed their amazing sauce in their chicken Parmesan and we loved the fish dishes too !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Great Italian food. Unique specials. Good prices for a BYO. There is a family feel as the waiters are always the same. I've been here four times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    This place is usually pretty good. It is small and has excellent authentic roman food. The problem was that they were way under staffed. The one waiter did a wonderful job but he just had to cover the whole restaurant himself. I would recommend this place because it is reasonably priced and the food is good. We just got it on a bad night for service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Place
    LMSIVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Whenever we visit Philly we try to get a reservation here for its wonderful ambiance, service and food. It's always an enjoyable evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighbor hood Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Food goo. Friendly , prompt service. Located in society hill area
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is our favorite
    ESJTVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We love this place, Had the lamb shank ossa buca, absolutely great on a bed of mashed potatoes also great. This is a really friendly palce to relax and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Performer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Core de Roma is always excellent and the service is great. They have the best artichokes and any pasta you choose will be perfect. This is a high recommendation. The only issue can occasionally be the noise. Core de Roma is popular for parties and groups (because they are so good at accommodating them). Sometimes the groups can be loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place / food hit and miss
    Anonymous
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Staff is generally very attentive. However I got a steak that was only fair and was burnt on the outside and too rare otherwise. Cesare salad was unappetizing. Wine list very small and wine somewhat musty. Other diners loved the pasta. Hoowever the fried clamari was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Getting to be a habi
    ESJTVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Core de Roma is really a good place to visit. The eggplant parmigiana is great eating. But the place is like home, confortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and it's a BYOB.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Great food and it's a BYOB. They also have a full bar and wine list so if you run out of your own or forget you can purchase directly from the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy Core De Roma
    PhillyJim
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We've loved Core De Roma since friends took us here in 2008. In turn, we took a friend to Core De Roma who worked in New York City and lived near the restaurant, and he was amazed at the quality and value at Core De Roma, and the fact that he did not know about it. We feel like we're dining at home when we are at Cora De Roma. To us it is a gem we have to visit again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This great neighborhood restaurant
    clcdvm
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    This great neighborhood restaurant has survived the South Street demise of many well established restaurants and businesses. They treat you like one of the family ... always with a smile and the traditional European greeting. The menu selections will leave no one at the table without at least a toss up between three temptations. Their artichokes are a superb start to any meal. Being a family run restaurant allows that incredible personal attention. Buon appetito
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    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continuing great!!!!
    ESJTVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Went with two long time friends, both first time at Core. They, and we loved it. Tonight eggplant parmigiana beautiful. Flounder with crab for our friends great. Just a great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but took too long
    Partyof8
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I came to Core de Roma with a lot of my relatives for a get-together and we had a great time. However, it took two hours for us to get our entrees. I understand that the Italian meal is typically longer than the American dinner; however, this is not a high-end, full-service, multi-course-only Italian restaurant and I believe the length was not intentional but accidental and unfortunate. Our server was very polite but there was no explanation for the delay from the kitchen staff or chef. The food itself was tasty but not worth seeking out; we chose this place because it was an Italian BYOB in Old City and near a party we were going to afterward. I wouldn't seek it out again if I didn't have those same requirements.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • I've eaten here a few times
    JLD214
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I've eaten here a few times and the food is always quite good. Everything is prepared fresh so this isn't the place to go if you're in a hurry. It's a very small restaurant so if there's a group you will overhear every word of their conversation. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was surprised
    MegsVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    My friend and I went here before seeing a show at the TLA. When I first arrived I was not impressed with the place and had started to second guess myself and my choice of restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised. The food and service were very good and I ended up having to bring home most of my meal because the portions were so big. I will definitely be heading back again.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • great evening
    timand4gs
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    small intimate great service very good food, ask about the specials don't forget dessert
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • monica
    Monica
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Great friendly atmosphere! Food tasty! Desert yummy! Service great!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated
    PWMLJM
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I was disappointed in the overall dining experiance at Core de Roma. My food was somewhat bland and not special (lamb shank on Risotto) but my partner had a fish and crab dish that was a noth above the lamb. Ambiance was not good and on a crowded night the noise level was somewhat high. Previous reviews tended to over rate.
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  • This was our first visit.
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    This was our first visit. Very good food and service. Looking forward to a return visit.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food!
    dandtlav
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    This was our second time at Core de Roma. We enjoyed the artichoke appetizer as well as two outstanding pasta dishes and tiramisu. The restaurant is BYOB and did jot charge a corkage fee! We will be be back the next time we are in Philly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now that's Romano!
    MarcoNVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Unbelievable! Authentic Roman Italian! The beans, artichokes, cacio e pepe (if you are Roman or have been, you'll know) and bresaola! WOW! Be back as soon as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate