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da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana
da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana

da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dafilippos.com/
  • Phone: (908) 218-0110
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Filippo Russo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Takeout
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.
  • Entertainment: Live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings after 9:00 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meadow Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana
The idea of master chef Filippo Russo is to bring the Italian culture of gastronomy to Somerville, New Jersey. Through his philosophy, Da Filippo's Ristorante is recognized by European patrons spanning as far east as Japan and Singapore. With his profound knowledge in the culinary field Filippo Russo is able to present a level of authenticity through his dishes, replicating his mother's recipes as...well as the environment Filippo was exposed to in Sicily.

Over the years Da Filippo's Ristorante received numerous reviews from the New York Times, New Jersey Monthly Magazine and Zagat survey, The Star-Ledger and The American Academy of Restaurant and Hospitality Sciences. The most honorable recognition presentated to Filippo Russo is the Luigi Veronelli Award of Northern American fine Italian dining and Ignazio Miceli from Regaleali Winery Sicily. When guests arrive at Da Filippo Ristorante they are welcomed with European hospitality while finding themselves in a rustic ambiance
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "The hostess was warm and friendly, we felt welcome in their restaurant. Excellent personal service, the owner sang a few songs, overall an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "The second time our group has gone here. We go out every other month and generally try different places. Last time we decided this was a keeper and decided to return. Food excellent, greeted personally and welcomed. The veal scallopine with Gorgonzola is excellent. The stuffed zucchini flowers are seasonal so I would suggest going while they are available."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The best meal that I've had in Somerville. This was my first time here and the snails in garlic as a starter, followed by the beef stew, was a wonderful introduction to this restaurant. I was the only one dining on this Monday and was waited on by the owner. I loved talking with him about his philosophy of food and cooking. The only thing better was tasting the food that came out of the kitchen. Having been to his son's restaurant Bernardsville, I couldn't say which one I'd prefer. Both are outstanding at what they do!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I tried this for the first time. Delicious. I had my usual shrimp with cabbage appetizer; it was excellent as always. The staff is friendly, accommodating, and always happy to see you."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Found this restaurant while searching OpenTable for an Italian restaurant while in the area for meetings with some colleagues from Germany. Wasn't sure what to expect when pulled up to the restaurant but what a pleasant surprise. From the time we walked in the door until we left, the people, atmosphere and most importantly the food were amazing. Will definitely go back next time in the area."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Loved everything, but be aware, high prices, small portions, except for the pasta dishes, which are also fairly pricey for pasta. Good for a special night out, when you feel like splurging."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Being full blooded Italian, I am picky about my Italian food. I stumbled upon Da Filippo when in Summerville and was instantly impressed. A husband and wife duo - they are extremely accommodating, sweet, and hospitable - just as an Italian restaurant should be. I loved the smaller, intimate setting and the menu is unique. I've gone back since and tried many of the items and they are ALL GOOD! Filippo takes traditional foods and adds his own spin to keep it fresh and interesting. The flavor always authentic. The service was great and BYOB - What else could you ask for? If you understand Italian food - you will love it here...."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Inside a very unassuming building, away from the bustle of Main Street, is a surprising little treasure chest. Open it to find gourmet cuisine, outstanding service, elegant decor and charming restaurateurs! It was one of the best nights out we've had in a long time and we can't wait to show da Filippos to our friends."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This unassuming treat is found on the quieter end of main st. The glass block windows in the front shield you from the street yet bring in plenty of light.. from the start I knew we were going to be good. The hostess (filippo's wife) greeted us warmly at the door and shook all of our parties hands. I thought that was a classy and welcoming touch. it is byob.The appetizers were great.. we had a half order of zita with pasta sauce that my Italian born friend thought was excellent but the star was the fried arugala. Dee-lish... dinners were narrowed down to veal scallopini with light gorgonzola to a wonderful eggplant rolletini. Dessert was equally good. Would return with no hesitation. They really made you feel special."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went here 2 days ago and have not stopped talking about the food and warm hospitality. What this place lacks in decor and location it more than makes up for with the quality of the food and the graciousness of the hosts. We are already planning our next visit and will become regulars at this great find."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great service, great food! Everyone there is very friendly where you are greeted after entering with an introduction and handshake and also upon exiting. Also it's BYOB so bring your favorite wine and enjoy the dining experience as we did."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Have wanted to try this restaurant for a few months but plans kept changing. When I finally decided to dine with two friends, my expectations were exceeded. I'm was graciously met by the owner upon entering from the vestibule into the reception room. The fact that a vestibule exists is fabulous becomes it transforms the dining room into an intimate refuge from the outside world. And there is not a bad table in house. Entrées were flounder and a pasta dish with clams and Hugh shrimp...all delicious. Creme Brûlee and MilleFoglio for dessert, both very favorable however the Preparation of the millefoglio was not what I was expecting so that was a little disappointing. In balance a fabulous experience and I would return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Da Filippo specializes in a limited menu of delicious food served in an intimate, pleasant, family-run restaurant atmosphere. The service, by the husband and wife team of servers/chefs/entertainment is wonderful and personal. The entres are all delicious and moderately priced. The restaurant is nicely decorated and spacious. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The chef offered to make us anything we could think of, prepared any way we like it. This place is a diamond in the rough!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We try to eat here at least once a month. It's a wonderful dinner for two, or as it was on Saturday night for a birthday party for six! The appetizers wonderful, the dinner delicious, as well as desserts. I really love the warmth and family atmosphere (husband/wife), but even better than that, is that Fillipo, the chef, comes out of the kitchen, and plays and sings the piano. Our daughter and her friends had a spectacular time! Thanks."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "da Filippo does not disappoint! The food was delicious, and the service was excellent! Highly recommended!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a lovely time at Da Filippo's. The flounder was wonderful and nicely presented. The beef stew was tender and moist. The portions were more than adequate. All in all we would return to Da Filippo's again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Consistently the absolute best! We will continue to come back!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This a a very special restaurant with wonderful food and service. If you want something special ask for it so you will be amazed! It never disappoints and we always have the most wonderful time, they never rush you and they understand why you go there for a special dinner or lunch! It has become our place for special moments together. It is always great for food and a special for a unique dinning experience! A little bit of the old world Italian charm. Perfect!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The years of ownership shows very positively in care and concern. Nothing goes unnoticed "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had a steak special with bread crumbs, something I had not had previously. It was delicious, and I hope they offer it again! My husband had a veal dish and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I had dessert, a cream puff with chocolate. It was the second time I tried it and again it was terrific. All in all, a wonderful dining experience with great hosts and great food. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "No complaints about the food, just the extremely slow service. Had it not been for the owner herself helping out the wait staff it would have been a lot worse I imagine. The menu is a bit smaller then what you see online but what we ordered was delicious IF you're prepared for a very slow meal. A piano player came in about 9PM by which time the bulk of the diners were through since the crowd is a bit older for late night dining and there is no bar. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We brought friends to try da Filippo's great food. We all enjoyed it. We split a Ravioli entree as an appetizer; the sauce was excellent. I had the savoy cabbage and shrimp appetizer, which I always order, it is that good. My husband had a veal dish, I had the pork. The meat was tender, tasty and overall delicious. I confess I cannot remember the name of the dessert I had, but the owner told me, 'just remember chocolate' and we know what you want. It was incredibly tasty, but not overly sweet. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I would gladly tell my friends about this restaurant. The service and the ambiance is fantastic. As for the food, it was just great as usual. I have brought friends here in the past and they also raved about this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went here for a family birthday based on previous reviews and we were not disappointed!! The atmosphere was fantastic and the food was excellent! The owners were very personable and went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied and even played piano and sang for us. Will definitely recommend and return!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We met some friends for dinner on Saturday 4/12. I researched the web and read all the reviews and thought it would be a great spot to meet. While I found the owner to be friendly and accommodating I consider the food to be about average. I found the menu to be very limited. That being said, we ordered mussels and a special appetizers to share. Neither one was that great. My wife and I ordered a pasta dish with the calamari which was tasty and sufficient in quantity. One of the others ordered the steak special. To me the steak looked like an awful small cut for $26. The dessert choice was limited to three items. The coffee was good. If you are a foodie like me there are far better choices for a lot less money"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The rolls are always wonderfully hot, the dessert was awesome, and the service is prompt, friendly and accommodating. I had the pennette as my entree; the sauce was tasty. The pasta cooked the way I like it, al dente. My appetizer is one I go back to frequently, the shrimp with savoy cabbage. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "My group of friends and I have been getting together every other month for over 12 years. We meet in the Sommerville area now as it is a half way point for most of us. We try different places and have never gone back to the same place. We all agreed this is where we will meet in June. We were greeted at the door by the owner-chef's wife and she welcomed us. The chef came out and talked to us explaining the dishes. The food was wonderful. Not one of us were disappointed. At the end, the chef came and played the piano. A real neighborhood gem. When I was reading the reviews it all sounded too good but it is all true. I would recommend if you are reading this trying to decide where to go....go and you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The warmth of the owners makes this such a special place. The bruschetta is wonderful. The ricotta soup was different but good. My breaded steak melted in my mouth and my wife's veal scallopine with gorgonzola was delicious. The pana cotta is a perfect end to a perfect meal"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food is outstanding! da Filippo is authentic Italian! The staff makes you feel like family...can't wait to go back again and try some more dishes!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our Friday night dinner for four was excellent. The serving staff provided for all of our requests and the food was served well and pleasantly. At the end of our meal the owner came out and played the piano while singing some Italian songs. I definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "the food is to die for and the owners are so personable and friendly. if you are in the area it's a must go."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The couple that runs da Filippo's is a husband and wife team who miraculously manage it all. He is Italian, she is Swiss. He does all the buying and cooking, and she runs the house. To say that they are intimately involved in every detail is not an overstatement. And the results are incredible: the welcome is warm, the menu always full of surprises, not to mention standbys worth going back for again and again, the food is the freshest possible and absolutely outstanding, and the meal experience is always, always notable and worthwhile. Don't forget to BYOB."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our favorite restaurant! Small, personal, excellent food - it's like being in Italy! The BYOB is wonderful - prices are excellent!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Whether for a romantic dinner for two, entertaining friends and family or a family celebration for forty, da Filippo is our go to choice. Excellent food and service are always a given, as is a welcoming atmosphere and the feeling of a family visit. That Chef, Mrs. Russo and staff are happy to see entertain, share and cook for their guest is evident from the warm welcome received, the delicious food prepared, and the overall happy atmosphere created by people loving what they do."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Picked out this local Italian place through open table based on other reviews. Food overall was very good especially the bruschetta and fish main course. Only slight negative was the prices were little high when compared to the portion size. Good experience overall and would come back again. BYOB was another plus."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "da Filippo has a limited menu, but all the food is very good. A BYOB that makes it even better. Friendly people in the restaurant and a good feeling when you are there."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We finally tried this restaurant after living in the area for years. Boy are we mad at ourselves! This restaurant was excellent from start to finish. The owner is incredibly friendly and made sure to introduce herself to us upon entering. Service was flawless and friendly. Our water glasses were never less than half full- which is a huge pet peeve of mine! The portions were generous and prepared with care. We will most definitely return!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went to da Filippo's for my Valentine's date with my boyfriend. The food and service were impeccable. The candle-light was nice but not set up earlier enough. Listening to the owner play piano and sign was a very nice, personal touch. Loved the fact that the owner's wife made a point to introduce herself to us and ask about our experience. Very impressed!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014