Wonderful... As always we
Wonderful... As always we were greeted at da Flippo like old friends, our service was attentive but not fussy and the meal was exceptional. Having a beautiful meal topped off by Chef Russo's marvelous piano and vocal selections made the evening memorable. We can't wait to return.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Bring your own wine!
Can't tell from the outside how very nice it is inside, spacy parking at the back of building also unknown to most people. I found it by Open Table, would not have noticed it. Great food and warm service, bring your own wine makes it even better!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Have been a fan since they
Have been a fan since they opened. Food is outstanding.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
treated like family!
My wife and I very much enjoyed our experience here for our anniversary. We were greeted warmly and even though there only appeared to be one server that night we still felt attended to. The food was delicious!
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
real northern Italian
Authentic northern Italian with quality ingredients. BYOB. Small. owners on site who really care about customers. Two couples at our table - had a lovely evening with good food and ambience. Not too loud so we could actually talk at normal levels all evening - Great wine store (Discover Wine) about 4 blocks west on Main Street to visit beforehand.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
authentic italian food and ambiance
Filippo and his wife make you feel at home, and their dishes leave you with a sense that it was made "with love".
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
at our first visit with NJ people who knew of the restaurant. The setting was perfect, intimate and low noise level. The menu options were all appealing, and everything we had (turned out to be all fish dishes) was superb. Good size portions for a very reasonable price. BYO helped make us feel this was a real "bargain." The service was outstanding. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable without being intrusive The family really does make you feel welcome. The ease of free parking in back made the evening start off on a good note. Wish we lived closer!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is authentic Italian and the best I have tasted in NJ. Every meal was absolutely delicious. The owner Filippo and his wife are such king people. I recommend to everyone and will definitely go back again and again.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The essence of great Italian Dining
Fresh, quality ingredients, prepared simply are the hallmark of authentic Italian cuisine. Chef Russo is a master, offering wonderful preparations from Antipasti to Dolce. As always our meals Saturday evening were fantastic. Great food however is just one part of an authentic Italian dinning experience. The Italian meal is also about , fun, laughter, sharing with family and friends.
At da Filippo patrons are Friends not Guest. The warmth of a family gathering is felt when you walk through the door, and shines on the faces at each table. Enjoying each other as much as the incredible dishes being served. When you have taken the last bite, the last sip, you'll realize that you did not just have a great meal, you've had a great time.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian Food
We've been to da Filippo a number of times and have never been disappointed. The food is always delicious and the staff is friendly and knowledgable. The owners always take the time to come say hello which, to me, means they care about their customers. And its BYO which makes it even more reasonable.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly Authentic Italian
Love Filippos. . . they never disappoint! Outstanding food and service each & every time. Must try their amazing Batter Dipped Arugula appetizer and must save room for their to-die-for Millefoglie Calda dessert. Everything in between will be equally delicious. Added treat is piano playing & singing by the multi-talented chef. Highly recommend!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, da Filippo did not disappoint. This family run trattoria always provides exceptional cuisine and impeccable service.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS
The food is always good at da Filippo's. He will make most anything to order. This is real Italian cuisine from Italian, not the American imitation. We had the flounder and it was delicious
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service outstanding.
Food and service outstanding. Feel like we became instant friends with the owners, husband/wife who are chef, hosts, and oversee all aspects. Staff very cordial and well trained.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding! I enjoyed the shrimp and savoy cabbage appetizer so much that I wished it was a main entree. I then proceeded to enjoy the penette with peas entree. My husband, who will admit he is a bit difficult to impress, was notably ecstatic with the veal dish that added gargonzola cheese. He was also given the option to have another cheese augment the dish if he didn't want the gargonzola. In all, the service was great, the food exceptional; we will be going back!
8/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great experience
This family run establishment is a true gem. The excellent food is prepared and served with great care and attention. The menu is somewhat limited reflecting the primary goal of the owners of quality over quantity (portions are generous, but selection limited). Start with the wonderful bruschetta and you'll know immediately how good the experience will be. The fried calamari eggs were different and outstanding. But so was the whole dining experience. The service was personal, attentive and just adds further wonderfulness to the meal.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
interesting food. warm, family-feel
interesting food. warm, family-feeling service. honest cooking. seems to be authentically Italian, not Italian American.
flavors just missed being great, but were very good
will definitely return
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet, romantic family run
Quiet, romantic family run Italian restaurant. Lots of personal attention from proprietor chef and family. BYO. Ambience is delightful. Have returned several times. Well worth the trip to Somerville for dinner.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I discovered da Filippo's several years ago and have never been let down by the dinners, service or friendly atmosphere. The owners are equally amazing. We love how they greet us and the friends we bring with us. It adds that extra special something that most restaurants lack. And the dinners are prepared exactly how you would like them.. To your liking and fresh.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not jus a great meal, a great time.
Enjoying Chef Russo's fantastic menu is always a treat, every preparation is presented beautifully, every bite a moment to savor.
Beyond a great meal however, is a atmosphere of friendly hospitality, a feeling of dinner with friends; relaxed, fun, and... delicious.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Felt at Home
Very friendly, made you feel part of their family. Excellent food. The restautant has been in Somerville for 25 years, so they are doing something right.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were looking for some place "new" and googled "BYOB in Somerset County NJ" and reviewed the options. Da Filippo's looked interesting. Arrive only to realize we'd been there years before for an event and had a positive memory of the food and the dining room. We were not disappointed; food was delicious, portions were perfectly sized. Staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. We'll be back.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful family ownership!
This was our first time there, and it was very good. We would definitely return. The owners are friendly and knowledgeable and really sell their food, which is delicious. A truly enjoyable experience.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming owners; great service
First time dining. Very friendly owners. Filippo's wife is very attentive and charming which gave the restaurant a homey feeling. Relaxing dining room and good food. Would definitely go back to try other dishes. Did not know restaurant was a BYOB.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian food!
We have been going here for over 20 years. We moved out of state 4 years ago, and when we come back to visit friends and family, we always go there. The food is great, you can bring your own wine, and the owner and his wife are so pleasant. You have to get the bruschetta. Filipo makes the bread himself, and it's served hot (toasted) with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, parmesan, and good olive oil. We always start with it. They always have a nice selection of fish dishes, always well prepared. Have never had a bad dish there. They make you feel like family. He also makes his own desserts, and they have cappucino and espresso. When he's done in the kitchen, Filipo often comes out to play the piano and sing. It's a great place!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reserve taste menu ehrn book reserv
Well known for taste menu. But make sure order them during the reservation.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Hidden Slice of Italy
Somerville's downtown area teems with restaurants, but venture a bit toward the edge of town and you'll find a hidden gem in da Filippo. As soon as our group entered the restaurant's cozy, rustic dining room, we felt as if we'd been invited to dine in an Italian family home. The husband-and-wife hosts clearly enjoy their guests and their business and are (deservedly) proud of their menu. "Autentica" means you won't necessarily find the mainstream dishes of Italian-American fame, but if you want real Italian cooking and hospitality, this BYO will warm your heart. Our party dined late on a Wednesday and so were the last group in the restaurant, so we enjoyed a pleasant chat with the owner over espresso--even got to practice some Italian!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Limited menu but you can't go wrong with anything you choose. The bruschetta was AMAZING. Veal was tender and the meal was not rushed. Staff was very welcoming and made us feel like family. We will definitely be returning.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
It gets better each time
This is quite a gem. The friendly yet elegant service is paired with fantastic food . Filipino outdoes himself at every visit. Highly recommend
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellant as Always
Filippo's food was, as always spot on, fresh hot delicious. But great food is just part of the experience at Da Filippo. Being welcomed by everyone warmly, with a we're so glad your here, attitude is equally part of charm, the difference between a great meal and a great time. I've heard it said that you go to a restaurant for the food and you go back for the service. Da Filippo has both bases covered, go once and you'll be back.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Family Feel
This restaurant is a homey family-like experience. The owner is the hostess, waitress and ensures you have a delightful time. The food is excellent! We had snails and a buffalo mozzarella appetizer which was very fresh, light and tasty. The bruschetta bread is to die for! I had the eggplant stuffed with ricotta for dinner and my husband had the veal. It was flavorful and delicious. For dessert I had the best creame brûlée I think I ever had. My husband is pretty critical of restaurants these days and would recommend this gem.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
warm service, solid food
Without getting into a lot of details, I'll just say this intimate little Italian joint is run by caring people who welcome you like family, feed you like family, and send you off like family. Octopus, tri-color salad, and Saltimbocca all were executed well -- looked great and tasted excellent. Really enjoyed this place on a visit to the area on business. Well done.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely weekday supper
Relaxing, delicious meal at Filippo's at one of the first cold nights of the season. The shrimp with sauteed cabbage was an excellent appetizer, large enough to share. Service is very personal on a weekday evening.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just outstanding and would recommend without hesitation.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch from the appetizers to the desserts. The selections all sounded delicious, so I let the chef make the decision & it was fabulous. Will return with friends.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
classy, well run restaurant
what a gem da Filliipo's is! the closest to an authentic Italian restaurant in the area! Great food, personal service, and lovely surroundings. Named the best restaurant in Somerville (a foodie town!) - glad others recognize this great place!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
I cannot believe we waited so long to dine here. From the warm wecolming greeting from both owners to the attentive service it was one of our best dining experiences in the past several months. And the food was fabulous. I have also never encountered such professional and well spoken bus servers. We will be back for sure
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The six of us truly enjoyed our dinner at da Filippo. We can all attest to other reviews here remarking on the wonderful service and food. Highly recommend, hope to return soon. Thank you for a great night out!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious authentic Italian food
My husband and i love da Filippos. We love to bring our friends to show them this hidden gem. The food is fabulous.
Filippo and his wife are great hosts and hostesses. The service is very attentive. This is also a BYOB. If younare lucky, Filippo wil treat you to his piano playing and singing.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A dream Birthday Dinner
This was our third time dining at daFilippos. We dined there tonight for my wifes birthday. The restaurant is very homey, the staff are all concerned to make sure we had a pleasant dining experience. The food is a 10 in my book, and the owner comes out of the kitchen and plays the baby grand piano, He even sang Happy Birthday to my wife, I'll give a perfect 10 to our entire experience,
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM