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Core de Roma - West Chester

4.5
730 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
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 730 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined a day ago

The food was excellent from the apps to the desserts. Excellent service. The portions very large. The only reason I did not give this place an overall 5 stars is because the air conditioning was broken and we were all sweating to death. Literally wiping the sweat off our faces, sweat dripping down our backs. The owner did nothing to try and improve it. A fan, an open door or an open window. Hope he was able to get it fixed for the poor people that are going there tonight!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Awesome . They have a kids menu also. BYOB. Bruschetta was OUT OF THIS WORLD , all the other food was fantastic

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Once again we had a wonderful experience at Core de Roma. The artichokes were amazing, as was the braciole. Of course, the mussels are always perfect. A lovely evening and looking forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This was a family dinner and my niece loved everything from the calamari to the gnocchi to the cannoli. I look forward to many return trips.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

First time at this establishment celebrating my son's birthday. Our party of 4 found the Server to be very friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu as well as the many specials.
We enjoyed everything we ordered from the bruschetta to the our entrees especially my Veal Parm, lasagna, Pene and Braciole. After a recent move to Chester County from Delaware County, it's been difficult to find food like this so we will be coming back to see you soon.
Highly recommended!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The most authentic Italian food you’ll have! My dad moved to the states from Italy as a young adult and this is the only Italian restaurant he will eat at.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Been a regular..........did not like the limited Mother's Day Menu!!!!!!!!!!!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food was very good but the service was a little slow. We had to ask several times for things. But overall it was a good experience.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Food was fabulous

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Food was authentic and delicious. Server was fantastic, lots of personality. Room is a little loud when filled but isn’t every Italian dinner table?

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Dined there twice this week. VG food, BYOB, and free and close parking make Core a wonderful experience.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very good overall. Great service. Insalata Core de Roma and Caprese Salad were delicious. 3 our of 4 dinners were great: linguini with white clam sauce and 2 chicken Core de Roma. Our friend’s chicken piccata was over cooked and dry and his pasta aglio olio was also really dried out. Wish they could do something about the noise level. Their prices are very reasonable.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food! Very nice owner!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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 on April 21, 2018

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 on April 20, 2018

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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