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Core de Roma - West Chester

4.5
716 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Tuesday - Sunday 12:00pm - 2:30pm;

Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm;
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm;
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Phone number
(610) 701-8485
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Papa Gigi
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Catering
We can customize catering upon request.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Adams Street
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Parking details
The restaurant has his own parking lot.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 716 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The artichoke was outstanding! I had the gnocchi with Gorgonzola and took 2/3 of it home. Everything was wonderful. We will be back

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Core de Roma is a go-to place for my wife and I when we want a dependable, delicious Italian meal. We have NEVER been disappointed with their quality of food or service. I especially appreciate that we are always warmly greeted by the owner, Luigi. I'm sure his presence has a lot to do with the consistent quality! Additionally, the prices are reasonable and it's a BYOB! Plus, parking is free and easy as opposed to other downtown West Chester restaurants.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We have dined here before and always look forward to a return visit. We often meet friends and they have been very accommodating. We never feel like we are being rushed out. The food is fresh and delicious and they always have creative pasta specials.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food and I enjoyed not being rushed through the courses.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Haven’t been here in a while, and wanted to try again. Owner was very nice when he seated us, server was very nice and helpful and I had the best gnocchi Gorgonzola dish ever! Definitely going back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Celebrated 70th birthday with family at Core de Roma. The restaurant was recommended by a friend.
We were a party of eight. The round table was very comfortable and facilitated conversation amongst us all.
Our waiter Sean was very knowledgeable about the menu, accomadated our special requests and was pleasant and friendly.
The owner was attentive, engaging and made us feel like regulars even though it was our first visit.
The food is incredible. Each of us ordered something different and passed the plates around so we tasted a variety of dishes. The pasta was cooked to perfection, the seafood and meat dishes were delicious and my eggplant parmigiana the best I’ve ever eaten.
We will definitely be back and highly recommend to others.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Delightful local BYOB with wonderful Italian food and attentive service. Prices reasonable and love that it's a BYO! We enjoyed a perfectly dressed Caesar salad and fresh, plump, perfectly cooked mussels in a buttery white wine sauce followed by their fabulous homemade lasagna. Perfetto! We'll be back for sure!!!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great place, great food.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants for a delicious meal, a romantic surrounding and excellent staff
. The parking is a plus too!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Celebrated our daughter's birthday last week. Food was wonderful, and the service was excellent! The owner checked in multiple times to welcome us and see if everyone was happy. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Amazing authentic Italian !

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

A little slice of Rome in West Chester, PA. This is a great Italian restaurant. The artichokes as an appetizer, homemade pasta and Veal Oso Bucco are incredible and truly representative of excellent Roman cuisine. And as a BYOB this is another reason to dine at Core de Roma.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Enjoyed our experience at Core de Roma. Only half the tables were occupied so the noise level was perfect. Have visited here on the weekend before and could hardly hear my table mates. Food was better than it has been. Glad we tried it again on an off night.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was phenomenal. My lovely date brought wine which they immediately opened for us. They started us off with bread and olive oil and a bean side dish. We ordered an appetizer size of homemade gnocchi which just melted in your mouth. Our entrees were perfectly timed and just as delectable. We ended the night with homemade cannolis. It was a phenomenal dinner and I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Had a delicious Valentine's Day dinner at Core de Roma. Food was really delicious, and the owner and all servers worked together to ensure that all customers were satisfied. This is a gem of a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Owners were very hands on and friendly. Fantastic home made food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Authentic Italian food. Absolutely delicious. Love the byob option. The hot bread was awesome. Will definitely return with friends.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a lovely Valentine dinner with another couple . We enjoyed a calamari appetizer that was lightly coated and tender . Our salads were enjoyable and the mozzarella caressed salad was especially delicious and could have been an appetizer . The entrees were equally good and the portions were generous . A cappuccino and the light lemon cake completed a wonderful meal . The service was friendly and attentive despite being a busy night . We had a great meal at a reasonable price in a cozy setting . Bring your favorite bottle of wine . It’s a byob .

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Delightful Valentine's Day Lunch!

We had a wonder lunch. The food was excellent. I had delicious chicken marsala with angel hair pasta on the side and a very good cesar salad. My husband began the meal with an excellent calamari salad and loved his branzino fish sautéed in butter. We split a delicious cannoli and ended the meal with a cappucino and an expresso. The music was pleasant Italian singing.
A perfect meal!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Always love coming here, whether it’s just for dinner out with friends or a date night with the wife. Gigi is fantastic and he and his wife’s food(especially the desserts) are amazing! Top Italian destination in West Chester area.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We were warmly greeted and given a good table, in a quiet corner. The food was fabulous, as always. Our server was friendly and accommodating to requested alterations. Core de Roma is always a terrific dining experience.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The ambiance, decor and food was very good. My date had the salmon special and thought it was very good except for the kale as a vegetable. I had chicken parmigiana and it was also very good and huge portion. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the service. Understaffed and owner preferred talking to friends rather than assisting his servers.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food. Awesome ambiance

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been here on several occasions. Every time the owner would stop by at least twice to see how we were doing. I arrived on time on a Saturday night for our 7:45PM reservation and my table was ready and waiting for us in spite of the fact that every other table was occupied. Food was a little delayed because, as the owner said, some people arrived late and others on time which caused an onslaught of orders in the kitchen, but well worth the wait. All considered I would definitely go back. This place has great food and when not fully booked great service and owners.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Always an amazing meal!

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

This was my 2nd time eating at Core de Roma. The first time, we put in an appetizer order and meals to be told 30 minute later that the kitchen was backed up and if we cancelled our app then our meals would come faster. The food was great. I decided to take my boyfriend back to celebrate his promotion and we ordered an app and meals. We sat at the table for a full hour with no food. The server finally came over and asked to cancel the app so we can get our meals faster. At this point we were so fed up we got up and left. The only reason this place is still in business is because the food is good. Besides that, the service is horrible. If you cannot cook the appetizers in a decent amount of time, then why would you even have it as an option on the menu? Rather spend my money at Teca or Limoncello.

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good food, terrible service. Waited for 45 minutes for or salad! When we asked our server to check on them, what do you know, they magically appeared within 60 seconds. Apparently she forgot about them. The restaurant was only 1/3 full at this point. Also she neglected to give us all of our items that we wished to take home. Really don't get how you can mess up service in a BYOB, with no bar/drinks to complicate things it's mind-boggling. Won't return and won't recommend.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was excellent although the service was a bit slow and a large group in the adjoining dining area was very loud, but probably not typical. The veal francaise was especially good and the linguine Was loaded with clams and I would recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Awesome stop. Never disappointed. Joe and staff are great. Make you feel welcomed like family.

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1.0Dined on January 12, 2018

We arrived at 7 and still no food at 8:40 and they told us there was a problem in the kitchen and one more table needed to be served before me. The only person who handled this bad situation with us was the server, Bridget. We left without food

Will not go back

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I went to dinner at Core de Roma for New Year's Eve. We have been here many times and the restaurant never disappoints. Reservations are suggested, especially on the weekend. Being a BYOB is very nice. The restaurant can get a bit noisy during busy times. The owner met us at the door and brought us to our table and chatted with us for a minute. He also stopped by our table during our meal to make sure that everything was going well with our dinner. It's certainly a nice touch. He is from the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome which explains why the food is so authentic and the menu is northern Italian cuisine.

Being that it was NYE, we had a choice of a Prix Fixe menu or a limited menu with great choices. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. I had Matriciana and my husband had Ravioli with crab and lobster. Our waitress was very attentive and we never felt rushed. Dining at Core de Roma was a great way to spend New Year's Eve! We will definitely be going back.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Authentic homemade Italian. Staff was amazing...felt like we were part of their family - and we were a party of 11!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Awesome food and service! Home cooked Italian food at its best.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a family of 10 celebrating our wedding anniversary. The food is priced a little high but it was well prepared. I was disappointed to be seated right inside the door in the bar area. But it was quiet, which was important given elderly parents were with us and wanted them to be able to hear the conversation. Also they had only one waitress and one chef that night, so it took over an hour to get ur food after ordering. And the waitress was good but didn’t have enough time to be attentive to our table. I think this would be better for a couple going on a date night with no other destination afterwards (e.g., a movie).

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great atmosphere for a date! Wonderful food and service. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice Italian dinner in West Chester!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Very quaint , we will be going back,the food was very good with friendly service. have some patience the food is fresh . Thanks

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Love their food. Brought my parents there for the first time and they loved it as well. I ordered their special osso bucco pork.....OMG so good! Their Cesar salad is delicious! My dad ordered the core de Roma special....Veal and crab with spinach and cheese.
The service is fantastic and the owners really care and appreciate the business.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The best service I have ever had. The owner and his wife were amazing. They came over and talked to us and were so welcoming. The food was also amazing. We went for my dads birthday and they even brought him a free piece of cake and biscotti for the table! Everything was home made and just amazing. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

We love Core de Roma. Authentic delicious food, friendly staff, always a success!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful BYOB. Excellent food and great service. We were never rushed and enjoyed our conversations.

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