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Cucina Forte

4.7
259 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
Welcome to Cucina Forte Italian Restaurant. I invite you to dine with us and experience an authentic Italian cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. I create every dish with love. The same tradition my mother started at our family restaurant in the Abbruzzi Region of Italy in 1965!

-Maria Forte
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 238-0778
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Maria Forte
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Catherine Street
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Parking details
Valet service on the weekends
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Takeout
What 259 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Thanks to Anthony and his team, we were treated like longtime friends and were provided with outstanding service and excellent food. This restaurant is a gem and we look forward to returning very soon.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our dinner was fresh and delicious! We enjoyed every bite and the service was spot on. We will return for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had anotherbgreat experience at Cucina Forte. We were running late, because parking in that area is a nightmare, but they were very accommodating towards us. We got there 45 minutes late and they seated us right away. It's an authentic Phillynrowhome type restaurant, meaning it's a little cramped and noisy, but that's what you'd expect. That didn't detract from our enjoyment of the restaurant. The food was amazing, the service was amazing, and everything was great. We've been going there for years and we love it every time.

PS- let me be clear. Parking can be a problem, it's a small place, and it can be a bit noisy. That being said I can't rate this restaurant High Enough. We loved it so much that we had our wedding rehearsal dinner here. So just come early and be prepared to walk a couple of blocks. You won't be disappointed.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My wife and I had dinner this past Friday. We have eaten here before but this time I was disappointed because we felt rushed. The food came out too quickly even though we requested them to wait between courses. The waiter told us the specials and the price. Not sure why that was necessary. The waiter was not knowable about the menu. Speaking of menu it is very limited. The specials don't change. I had the gnocchi which are great. Other than that, we won't be back anytime soon.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I would imagine it would be less noisy on a week night. The food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food is amazing. One of our favorite spots and never disappoints!!!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Delicious food. Meatball appetizer outstanding! Excellent service also. I would return for sure.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very enjoyable place to sit down with friends that serves great food.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was good but overpriced. Nice, intimate atmosphere. The restaurant is small and a party was very noisy when we were eating which made it difficult to hear each other. But the service was good and we loved that it was BYOB. Very nice staff. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

While we enjoyed our food, the portions have gotten smaller and the prices are high for Italian fare.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was average, but wayyyy overpriced for a byob.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food is absolutely the best. Our hostess Cathy stayed on top of things the entire meal. It was a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I went to this gem of a restaurant on Valentines day with a few people and the food was incredible. I am Italian and frequently cook Italian food so I rarely eat it out. The food was absolutely astounding and the services was amazing. Charming spot perfect for a date or dinner with friends.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We always have a great meal at Cosina Forte.
The bread is delicious, the pasta fresh, the salads ample and filled with great ingredients.
We were there for Valentine’s Day and we still had a fun, relaxed meal.
My friend had lobster tail with gnocchi and I had the Greek style shrimp. We loved our entrees and the portions were generous! The restaurant did not have a special menu, so we felt we got exactly what we wanted for a great value. The service is always on the casual side but very friendly.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The food was too rich. No one could finish their entrees even though we all shared.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

2nd visit with my husband food is excellent! Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Exceptional meal enhanced by Maria’s visit to our table. Stuffed veal chop was the best. Gnocchi is always a table favorite

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent product, service was very good. Would definitely have another meal in the future

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Great experience, excellent food and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. I will definitely be back soon!!

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

First time at the restaurant to celebrate a friends belated Birthday.
Service was great it was a quiet evening and our waiter Greg was attentive and very personable.
Nice time overall.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I love Cucina Forte but have to admit that the service was off a little ... no doubt due to a large table... the noise level was too loud.... I know that's an issue on weekends...Food continues to be outstanding

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Friendly lively atmosphere with excellent food and efficient attentive service.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Enjoyed the food immensely which is what brings us back. But I will not go in winter weather again. We were seated by the front window which is in dire need of replacement or insulation. It was freezing!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and great service! We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Gnocchi melted in your mouth!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Our adventure began with Mama Maria Forte taking my call to answer questions- her warmth and vibrancy shone through the telephone line. We arrived to be seated promptly and just as warmly as Maria had answered the phone. The food was great; the service spot on and the evening flew by as we enjoyed ourselves totally and utterly.
Be prepared for fun as your fellow patrons are just as warm and open as the proprietor and her staff.
And...you have to try the Gnocchi...you have to!

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Best Gnocchi in Philly! And it's a BYOB, friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Enjoyed dinner with friends before Andrea Bocelli concert. Italian with some twists. Crab stuffed portebello mushroom appetizer is not to missed. Vitello el Limone and Involtini Di Vitello were very nice veal selections. The Pollo Alla Forte and the cheese purses (a special) were very good. Service was great as the wait staff worked as a team and not assigned to individual tables. We were an early reservation so noise level and service may change later in the evening. Only drawback to being a small neighborhood restaurant, street parking is hard to find, plan accordingly.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

It has been one of my favorite places to eat, but something has definitely changed! Service was great and our waiter Gregory was amazing. The gnocchi however were not up to par!!!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

First time there. We have friends who recommended it. Food was wonderful. Atmosphere perfect. Looking forward to a return visit.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Great south Philly BYO Italian restaurant. The service was lovely and the owner came out to talk to us which was very personal. The pasta was extremely fresh and a great portion size. I would go back in a heartbeat!!

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Very nice Italian restaurant in Buena Vista. While the dining room is unpretentious, the table cloths and the flower arrangements make a good impression. The food is nicely prepared, and the menu is small but inclusive. A good choice.

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

We have been to Cucina Forte many times. "Mama" - Mrs. Forte - is an amazing chef. She is up there in years and it was the first time she wasn't there. She has trained another woman. It was definitely not the same. Some of the items were good. But the basic marinara sauce was much saltier than usual. And the choice of vegys available was ridiculously limited. To not be able to get escarole or broccoli at an Italian restaurant? And I was presented with mushy vegys, which should've been grilled w the smaller than normal piece of grilled salmon, that is usually served with a huge plate of assorted grilled greens, potatoes, etc. It was very disappointing.
I hope that this is not a preview of what will happen when Mama retires. This restaurant was one of the best we've ever been to in Philly.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Let me start by stating that this was not my first trip to Cucina Forte (CF). Although we enjoy many of Philly's neighborhood BYOB's, CF is one of our favorites.
Each time my wife & I visit, we know exactly what we're in store for.....A great meal, with better than average service, from an attentive staff. The nature of the restaurant (store front mid block in the city) has limitations for sure, but the entire wait staff always treats you like you are family. The food is always expertly prepared, from the apps, to salads to entrees, each dish is delicious and straight from the kitchen. Last, but certainly not least... The Gnocchi are the best I've ever had. Try 'em, you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

desparately need cloth on ceilings. VERY LOUD, but very good food.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Outstanding experience food and service just exceptional for this price point. Service very attentive, daily specials on a Friday night were interesting and not too pricey. This is a good place for dinner.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

We always feel like family here, and the food is delicious. Thanks for helping us celebrate a Milestone birthday!!

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and service, only thing is the owner usually comes out to each table to ask how was the food, and i noticed to she came to every table but mine. She looked, did a half wave but did not give the same attention as the other guests

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was great, but the restaurant was so loud it was hard to enjoy it. I am not someone who is sensitive to noise and we practically had to shout to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was fabulous. Service was OK. Odd questions eg do you want appetizers before the entrees? Salad before entree?
Overall a great experience.

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