Core de Roma - West Chester

4.7
884 reviews
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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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L
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Delicious food and great service.
Will definitely be going back!!!

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BS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We visited Core de Roma on Mother’s Day. The food was great. I had the lobster and crab ravioli in a blush sauce. My wife had the spaghetti carbonara. We enjoyed our meals and will return.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food and very nice people.

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LD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a good meal. Had the pasta special and it was wonderful.

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E
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE place for authentic Italian food! Definitely going back. Easy parking too.

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P
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a wonderful meal and experience.
Great service & food that cannot be beat.
Definitely will return

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cozy - just like grandmom’s house- atmosphere and the friendly staff topped off an amazing meal.

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HT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My girlfriends and I really enjoyed our dinner at Core de Roma! The food was excellent and reasonably priced. Will definitely go back

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PC
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Attentive staff

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CJ
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Core de Roma. Good selection on menu. Had an artichoke appetizer that was really good. Enjoyed Pasta Carbonara and Eggplant Parmesan. Sauce on pasta was excellent. Finished off by sharing a lemoncello/mascarpone pie. Very nice. Definitely will go back. Owner greets you and checks on your visit a few times..nice touch.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Best Italian food in West Chester! The owner is so sweet and everything is just amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best Carbonara I've ever had! Fantastic service and a family feel. Highly recommended!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restaurant has excellent food!! highly recommend!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, friendly and attentive server.

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VG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Returning often because of the great food which is always very consistent.

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DK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in West Chester. Food is outstanding, ambiance is casual and not ostentatious. Great for a night out and for families.

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f
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I have eaten here twice and each time the food was outstanding. Service is hit or miss but not bad. I highly recommend the tripe either as an app or an entree. Osso bucco was excellent. My fiance had a fish special which was also great. Prices are reasonable also.

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R
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic dinner experience. The owner Luigi was very friendly and in fact made us feel like family. Food was great too. Highly recommended.

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N
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good BYO Italian restaurant with a heavy reliance on family recipes. Exceptional service. But that noise! Most tables seem to be reserved for larger groups which when coupled with poor acoustics, create noise levels that can be downright annoying.

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SG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints...an amazing dinner!

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with an appetizer that consisted of fresh mozzarella over arugula with balsamic vinaigrette, candied walnuts and dried cranberries that we all enjoyed very much. The Rigatoni alla Boscaiola was our favorite - so delicious! But the other meals - Spaghetti Carbonara and an Octopus special were also very good. The cannoli's were a perfect way to end a truly enjoyable experience at Core de Roma. We will definitely go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an excellent meal. Gigi, Judy and staff prepared outstanding dinners which included suppli and burrata as our first course. We had the calamari, antipasto and polpette in the past too. All are delicious choices. This evening we enjoyed the branzino, linguini pescatora, bucatini and penne alla vodka. If you like braciole, it’s fantastic when it’s available. But really, we’ve never had a bad meal there. Marina was our server this night. Excellent and courteous. My go to restaurant.

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all were very satisfied with our meals . Ordering the Roma artichokes with greens was excellent as was the homemade gnocchi ! It was recommend by the owner who was very pleasant and helpful .All Simply delicious ! I ordered bronzino with veggies... very good ! The only thing that disappointed us was the lack of garden salad with the meal .. we had to move our table because of the very large Birthday party celebration . It wasn’t a problem , the owner was very accommodating..

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SI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish. It was a bit loud when we arrived but quieted down over time.

Food and service was excellent!

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome dinner! Luigi was very welcoming and made us feel like family! The food and service was first rate! You will not be disappointed. They made us feel special as it was my wife’s birthday and brought out some birthday cake to celebrate!

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L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Amazing food. Family owned. Consistently good!

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JP
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Regular customer of this place because it is always good, a BYOB and they have parking.

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AB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Core de Roma, and it certainly won’t be our last! Each party was treated with special care, service was great, and the food was delicious! The candle on the table definitely added to ambience too!

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FL
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We went on a Thursday night to avoid weekend crowd.

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SS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were drawn by the traditional Italian dishes on the menu and will return for the tasty food and warm Italian hospitality. I was especially thrilled with the Ricotta Cheesecake!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Pasta is homemade and sauce is excellent. It does get loud and can be hard to have conversation but it’s definitely worth it because the food is so good.

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JK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. This place was recommended by a friend and it didn’t miss. The food was out of this world! Truly authentic Italian. The owners were actively involved and very accommodating. Neighborhood gem for sure.

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CN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Core de Roma is great for big groups! We went for a birthday and they let us bring our own cake. They had a ton of specials and the burrata was AMAZING. Also highly recommend the grilled calamari salad- the calamari was cooked perfectly. All of us enjoyed our meals ( mostly got pasta).

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E
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Delicious meal and attentive staff! :)

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L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic authentic Italian food! Family owned. Owners are super friendly.

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r
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great italian rest excelent food convenient local

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KN
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 8 and everyone raved about their choice. The staff was pleasant and helpful. We were not rushed. We were able to enjoy a leisurely dinner and catch up.

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JP
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Il Pranzo, a meal that resembles the Sunday afternoon gathering of an Italian family. The meal is slow paced and spread out over many courses. It is always a treat and I’m only 1/4 Italian!

We and friends are regular visitors to “Core”, and the restaurant is always a pleasant experience in every respect. It is BYOB and a typical times when you would anticipate a restaurant to be busy, it likely is so make a reservation. Unlike a lot of West Chester dining, free parking is available.

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W
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We eat out frequently and know it's a challenging industry. We chose this independent restaurant for our group of 5 based on the menu online and a friend's recommendation. Apparently, since it was the Saturday after Valentine's Day, the entire menu was replaced with a "special Cupid" menu which had the entrees all priced $5-10 higher than their advertised menu. Some places might do a Valentine's specials in addition to their full menu, not instead of. It felt like it was a bait-and-switch for no added value in quality of food, service or atmosphere. None of our group will return.

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KN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I love the experiences we have had at his restaurant! The food is delicious and everyone is very friendly. We love the Gnocchi!

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