Cucina Forte
Cucina Forte

Cucina Forte

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinaforte.com/
  • Phone: 2152380778x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Maria Forte
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Catherine Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet service on the weekends
A word from Cucina Forte
Welcome to Cucina Forte Italian Restaurant. I invite you to dine with us and experience an authentic Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. I create every dish with love. The same tradition my mother started at our family restaurant in the Abbruzzi Region of Italy in 1965!

-Maria Forte
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Cucina Forte reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (12)romantic (10)good for groups (5)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Good Food but a bit pricey. We order the bare essentials (1 app and 2 entrees) and the bill was almost $100. But the food was very good and the quite sunday night was perfect after a busy weekend.
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  • What a shame - really slipped
    eatemup
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Been years since I've been. Noise was deafening - easily the noisiest meal we've had in years. Only way to be heard over the collective din was to shout....which I guess every table did....which just added to the noise Food was bland at best. 4 different entrees. Two different Gnocchi preparations -- they are still feather light, but each with a sauce that had zero flavor. Lamb dish could have been made better at home. A buffalo mozzarella special that either wasn't buffalo or was the worst buffalo mozz I've ever had. Mussels were very salty, grilled Calamari wasn't bad. We skipped dessert just to escape the noise. So many great choices for Italian in Philly...pick one of them.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cucina "noisy" forte
    VinoDine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was a Saturday night at 8:30 and the restaurant was full and NOISY, very noisy. We were given a table in back of restaurant which was a little better for conversation. The pappardelle with braciole was decent but was slightly over cooked and the brown sauce was average at best. Service was excellent and will give them another try but food was only average at best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • remerbrance of Italy
    seniorfoodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    her food was excellent and creative; yes they are the BEST gnocchi ever
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Can you say Gnocchi!!
    Rosie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very good food, good value, great atomsphere! Small, quaint dining roomin the heart of South Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good; service mediocre
    coolcustomer
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Went with friend who enjoyed the experience much more than I did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a favorite!
    Allyoop
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We took friends there to celebrate their engagement because we knew the food would be outstanding & the atmosphere fun & lively on a Friday night, & it was. Don't leave without having the gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Trattoria
    pine2dine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Extremely warm and friendly staff including the owner/chef. You are embraced as one of the family. Food is superb! Especially homemade gnocchi and ravioli. Outstanding!! BYOB makes things even better..... A must go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had the grilled salmon. It was so dry, burned on the ends under seasoned. Rumor had it that the gnocchi was the best in the city. Rumor was wrong also under cooked n doughy. The flour for the white sauce was not cooked.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mike63
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dinner was great, as always. I wish we lived closer to Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The gnocci was amazing! Restaurant was cozy and staff was friendly. Will definitely be back (for more gnocci and to try to filet with crab!).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    hail
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Went here for my birthday with my boyfriend. It is a very cozy and romantic Italian BYO resturant. The host/ waitress was very kind and knowledgable of the menu and every single dish (she knew it all by heart). She was also very friendly. The food was amazing. I got the famous gnocci with lobster tail and it was delicious. My boyfriend enjoyed a perfectly cooked Medium steak! A little pricey but you definitely get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    HappyEater
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Cucina Forte is a gem - solid, South Philly Italian food, always well-prepared and delicious. The gnocci and the Dream Soup are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious gnocchi
    Phillyfoods2357
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The gnocchi was a must have. Simply amazing. The service was great as well. I got the spaghetti with clams and it was just too salty for my taste.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing for a BYOB
    southphillygirlVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Heard over the past few months good things about this restaurant. Let me begin by saying the food is good. The problem is the place is small and noisy. The service is very slow. We waited 40 mintues for our dinner on a Saturday night. Waiter never came back to check on us after we got our food. Specials are overpriced. Stick to the menu. This place has potential to be good. Needs better service fast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    KOD63
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    There were not many patrons at 7:30 on Friday night. My friend said their salad was fine and my wife's eggplant/crab appetizer was very good. The waiter forgot our order of their "signature dish" ricotta gnocchi which was hastily prepared after we received our entrees after we asked what happened. Some o the past was cold and the gnocchi were among the worst I have ever had. I have sampled this dish at a good number of restaurants in Philly and these were large and very heavy, dense. I did not like their menu which was small and unimaginative. I found their chairs to be uncomfortable with small seat and nonsupportive backs. The tuna was bland and did not taste like high quality. However, my lobster ravioli with shrimp was good. Veal chop ok
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  • Exquisitly wonderful
    DelawareMike
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We wanted to find a uniquely authentic Italian restaurant that was not on the "tourist trap" list. We were hosting a couple from our college days, who had never been to Philadelphia before. The review in "Yelp" made this one of our top picks. We were not disappointed at all. We were greeted by the host Vinny, who gave us personal attention as he took our wine and chilled it until we were ready to order. We started with the gnocchi as our appetizers. It was fantastic! The main courses were well prepared and delicious. Suggest you order the ricotta cheese cake, it was fluffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 6 reviews are from the Cucina Forte reviews archive.
  • so good!
    cmarz
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    you can't beat the gnocchi here, smothered in gorgonzola cheese~ worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Cucina Forte was outstanding. The staff I met was wonderful and extremely helpful. I recommend this to everyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DREAM SOUP
    RyanpVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Go during the week and order off the specials. Gnocchi for the table to share. Gloria is a doll! I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Gnocchi heaven
    billybunga
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Love this place. Have been twice now. The gnocchi is fantastic, specials are always extensive and very very good. Make sure to work an order of gnocchi in to your meal in some fashion. Seafood options were tasty, and dishes are nice size for large personal meal, but great for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Expectations Poor Experience
    JoeyRVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    My husband and I love eating at BYOs near our neighborhood and this one caught our eye while we had a once-in-a-while night out. The ratings were great but unfortunately the food was not even close to out expectations. The bread was moldy, and specials of fresh fettuccine with shrimp too full of burnt garlic and the veal special saltinbocca was just average. We had high expectations but this was below average overall.
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  • Dissappointing
    meme
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our second time here, the first time everything was great. This time , not so good. Mussels were tough and sandy, my entree, pasta w/shrimp, olives, etc. was very salty and I was expecting homemade pasta, and it wasn't. It also could have been cooked a little more. Appetizer, eggplant with crabmeat roasted peppers, etc, was very good, as was the special lobster tail w/crabmeat over gnocchi. I like a restaurant that is consistent and we kind of felt this wasn't.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate