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About Core de Roma - West Chester

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.

327 E. Gay St.
West Chester, PA 19380
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Tuesday - Sunday 12:00pm - 2:30pm;

Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm;
Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm;

Cross Street:
Adams Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(610) 701-8485

Website:
http://www.corederoma.us/

Catering:
We can customize catering upon request.

Parking Details:
The restaurant has his own parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Papa Gigi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Core de Roma - West Chester Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (21)
Good for a Date (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
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Casual (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Cozy (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Groups (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Authentic, Happy Hour, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food. Awesome ambiance

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always an amazing meal!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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).

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Have been there many times before. Waited over an hour for our entrees. We’re told they were short handed. Waitress seemed angry and food was so so... will give them another chance and am hoping they will lift their standards.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always great! Delicious Italian food including pasta, chicken and fish dishes. Service is always excellent and love BYOB.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best. Italian. Period. Joe is the man!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I made a reservation for 8 of us for dinner after the West Chester University Holiday Concert. Not knowing how long the concert would run, I made the reservation for 5:30. When the concert ended at 4:15, I called the restaurant to see if we could just head over. They were fine with it once I explained why the change.

We arrived at the very unassuming building- a little strip mall type of building. The decor felt dated, and the place was completely empty upon our arrival. I'll admit that I got a bit nervous, but that feeling quickly subsided when our server greeted us in a friendly manner and was very knowledgeable about the specials and the menu. Being Italian myself, I know good home-cooked Italian food so restaurant food can be tricky for me. Admittedly, I'm a tough customer. We were all very happy with our food- especially the salmon special and the pork osso bucco. Everything was well prepared but these dishes were stand outs. We also ordered dessert and coffee- both of which were terrific. And the BYOB is the way to go. I tend to look for byob restaurants when we eat out.



I'm not sure when we will be in West Chester again but I'd eat here again if we are in town.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Good service good food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service, apps were fantastic. Veal was tough though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

As always a great comfort meal. Joe is an excellent waiter and visits to the table from Luigi make you feel right at home

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We have dined at Cora de Roma a number of times, and it has always been very good. I usually order veal or fish, and it's always cooked to perfection. It's our go to place in West Chester.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

6 of us all enjoyed our dinners, portions are generous. BYOB is a awesome perk to keep costs moderate for customers. This was a second time having having dinner at this restaurant and I would highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My husband ordered the tripe dish as he had done many times before. This time I think the waitress misunderstood when she asked him if he wanted it as a meal or an appetizer. He said meal please with spaghetti. The end result was a dish of spaghetti with tiny bits of tripe throughout. We are still planning on coming back to give it another try. We did not say anything that night because we were with other people who had to leave. Normally, the meal is full of tripe in a reddish brown gravy. Thanks

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was delicious and severs very nice but it took a long time for food to come out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious and creative presentation and the home made bread is beyond delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our favorite Italian restaurant where you can count on the best food... done to perfection. The service is wonderful and friendly. We like that it's BYOB.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual
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