Core de Roma - West Chester

4.6
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Core de Roma Trattoria is a casual BYOB, 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 West Chester.
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Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Quiet evening out with great service and food!

VG
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there was Valentin Day. We loved it so decided to go back when celebrating my husband's birthday. Food is delicious! Can see this becoming a regular place!

j
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Core de Roma on several occasions. Some celebrations, some just for a good dinner. We have never been disappointed. Gigi and Judy are the best hosts always looking to be sure the food comes out perfectly. And it does. The artichoke appetizer is beyond delicious, and the marinated beans just placed on the table are an added treat. I know we will enjoy many, many more wonderful meals there.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I usually order from the daily specials and it is always delicious. This visit was for my mother in laws bday and we chose Sunday lunch time and it was perfect!

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Would highly recommend.

LE
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to come here all the time and things had started to go down hill. This was our first time back in about 3 years and we fell in love again! The artichokes have always been amazing. We had 2 soups that were both incredible and the chicken core de Roma was wonderful. We’re excited to add this back to our list of favorites!!

OT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As a group of women who had catching up to do , we were seated at a round table , perfect !! We had a lot of attention from the owner who guided us through the specials . We loved that the eggplant parmigiana was not breaded , but cooked” like they do in Italy “, he stated .. thin sliced with cheese and sauce ! Delicious ... !

B
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food, good service in an energetic space. A true neighborhood gem and BYOB to boot ! We will definitely be back soon !!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The mussels in the red sauce were great and a good amount for an appetizer. Had the chicken dish with crab and it was delicious and enough to have lunch. Will definitely go back

RM
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in we knew it would be a great meal and we were not disappointed.. great food, great service and we will be back...

LI
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service. Even with two large parties, they were able to provide service and hot food.

J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Core de Roma, Gigi and Judy!! Great food and always takes good care of us.

AB
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had a great evening at Core de Roma! We were seated soon after we arrived. We appreciated the extra water on the table. Our waitress, Jessica, was very pleasant and efficient. All employees worked really well together. We never felt rushed, and everyone was happy with their meal choices. It was absolutely delicious!

FC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent as it always is. The place was hopping and a line out the door which is indicative of how great the food is.

MG
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Burata was excellent as was the ricotta cheesecake.

EM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Luigi made us feel like we were home

BF
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with friends. As always dinner was outstanding. Jess was our server this night and she was informative, cordial and attentive as she always is. Excellent server. Thank you. Despite the busy evening, Gigi’s welcoming always adds to the family atmosphere that Core de Roma exudes. By far, the best Italian restaurant in Chester/Delaware County.

VG
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there. Valentine's Day. Had not made a reservation in a timely fashion, considering how busy it can be for Valentine's Day. We were able to get a table at 4:15, however. Everything was wonderful ....the atmosphere, staff, and especially the FOOD! Plus, byob! Will definitely be returning.

MO
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

So glad we stumbled on this BYOB:) Food was amazing and very authentic. All the owners and employees were wonderful. Artichoke appetizer was best I have had. We had to wait a bit for our reserved table but that was part of the fun. They opened our wine as we were waiting and we chatted with others waiting. There are parking lots right before and right after restaurant which is before the heart of downtown West Chester.

RH
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allways a great meal here. Nice atmosphere, excellent food, attentive staff, good prices. What not to like?

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was good. Restaurant was very warm. Braciola portion was very small. Quality of food was good, but nothing exceptional. Nice ambiance, love byo.

P
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we were greeted and treated like returning family.
Server was attentive. Food as always was great.
We keep going back because it is always so reliable.

FC
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was fantastic. CDR has some of the best Italian food in the area. The service however was a bit slow. Being only one of three tables in the restaurant, it took a while to get our bill and I had to look for the server, who I believe is one of the owners. She was doing everything, and there were no other servers. Regardless, it’s nothing to dissuade me from going back.

JS
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant with unbelievable food and people! This is a MUST go to restaurant straight from Italy!! Everyone loved their food!! The crespata soup is the best soup I ever had ANYWHERE!! The eggplant parm is to die for!!! Can not wait to go back!!!

JS
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have t been there for awhile, but we were very glad we went back! The food was excellent and very nice servers and people!

ER
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, fantastic service

BM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuine Italian cuisine with great service. Also a BYOB which helps make it a very reasonable night out!

c
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a great time but would request a table not in the middle of the restaurant. The perimeter tables would make this 5 stars instead of 4.

MP
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is our go-to restaurant in West Chester. My wife is a vegan and the chef accommodated her diet by making an excellent plate of grilled vegetables. And I had the grilled tuna special, which was a first for me. Both meals were excellent. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was packed and lively. But we had no issue conversing among ourselves and our guests. This little Roman Tratoria BYOB is a gem and well worth the visit. If it is your first visit, check out the artichoke appetizer which is the closest thing to genuine Roman cuisine that you will find.

FP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This restaurant has changed since it first opened. When I ate there several years ago I would have rated the food as outstanding and truly Italian, but I think that now they cater more to American tastes. However, it is still VERY GOOD food and the prices are great.
The "ambiance" is not good, though, as we were squashed in like sardines and the noise level was VERY loud! Even though the tables are small-ish and we sat close to each other, the 4 of us could barely hear each other without yelling to be heard!
SIGH - I am so tired of trying to go to dinner with friends and actually being able to TALK to each other! We did have reservations, but I should have specified that we wanted to eat in the outer room (where the "bar" is - although they have no liquor license, the bar is still there. It's much quieter there!

LI
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Toast to the New Year/ Decade

r
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

It was a very busy Saturday night and service was uncharacteristically slow. We had a 6:30 reservation for my husband's birthday and were offered the opportunity to wait for a table or take the only one that was available when we arrived. We opted for the available table which was unfortunately in a high traffic area; not ideal, but we felt it was better to take it vs. wait for the other party to vacate the "good" table. It took 17 minutes for a server to approach our table to open our wine as a large party was seated just after we were. It was nearly 30 minutes before our appetizers arrived. The food was, however, perfectly prepared and delicious.

P
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love this restaurant but the service was a little off this evening. Maybe it was just they could not handle the crowd.

E
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Staff is wonderful. A lovely place for any occasion.

SN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I Was disappointed because the pasta was not homemade.
Waiter said only the gnocchi is.

Core de Roma - West Chester
Responded on December 17, 2019

We are sorry you were disappointed with your visit, but after reading your review, I would like to clarify one misunderstanding. It is not true that the only home made pasta are the gnocchi. The home made pasta in our restaurant are: Gnocchi, lasagna, cavatelli, ravioli etc. Also, The non home made pastas used in our restaurant are spaghetti, penne, linguine and capellini. We use the De Cecco brand that is the best and most expensive pasta in Italy and USA. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cannot stop talking about the food...it was beyond fabulous and is probably the best italian restaurant in the Philadelphia area. Truly authentic Roman style italian food that far surpasses your expectations! Be sure to try the artichokes, meatballs, calamari and essentially any dish! UNBELIEVABLE!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

JH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with my girlfriends...foiod was top notch...love it here..

BF
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and fresh as always

j
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food just ok, very salty , nothing special