Cucina Forte

4.5
334 reviews
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Italian
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
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c
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very loud in the restaurant, but other than that it was fantastic. Delicious food, and great service!

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MR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food is absolutely amazing! Do not miss the Ricotta Gnocchi, the absolute best! And of course Maria makes sure to stop by to chat with everyone. One of my most favorite Restaurants in the city.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was good, nothing spectacular. Lobster dish was seasoned nicely however the risotto was the worst I’ve ever had. Decor was also nothing great. Service was good.

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing!!!

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JA
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely time at Cucina Forte! As per usual, we got Maria’s homemade gnocchi as an appetizer (entree-sized so that we could have both types in both sauces - an absolute must for everyone!) and then split the tuna entree special. We love this spot any night (except closed on Mondays) and for any reason. It would be one of the saddest days ever if Cucina ever ceased to exist!

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C
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

We will never go back on a night when the owner/chef is not there. The food was bland and not up to the usual standard we expect. Our guest was served cold coffee and our desert was straight out of the freezer. Our server offered to put it in the microwave.

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KF
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Food is unbelievable. Service is fantastic. It is BYOB which makes it even more affordable.

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

The food was amazing and the staff of 3 works together beautifully & and were very helpful, fun, & on the ball with everything.

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RM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was good but I didn't think the menu overall was that great. The service was awesome and I love that it is byob!

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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, our service and dinners were excellent. We even went for dessert. Love this place.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cucina Forte is a small, understated, Authentic Italian BYOB; The food is outstanding yet reasonably priced; the Service is quick and friendly and very attentive and the atmosphere is quaint and romantic.

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Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The homemade gnocchi were light and flavorful. The Gorgonzola sauce was just average. The gnocchi portions were a bit small for the price. We’ve dined there a few times and were not impressed on this visit.

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MF
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, I felt sort of rushed the entire time. Different people kept coming over every few minutes to ask if we were done. Otherwise, overall good, and will go again

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LD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've been to Cucina Forte several times and the food is reliably good. Gnocci, for which they are famous was standout. My only critique is related to seating and noise. It was a Sunday night and the restaurant was virtually empty, except for a table of 4 that left shortly after we arrived. Nevertheless, our party of 6 was squished into a table in the back of the restaurant, up against the server station, and next to to the doorway to the restrooms and the kitchen. This made it challenging to get in and out of our chairs and resulted in us having to talk over the gossiping servers standing at the station behind us.

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BP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Typical south philly joint. Small place and a touch crowded , but great meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and we had Greg as our server he was amazing

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DB
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in South Philly

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

Enjoyed a lovely dinner. Staff was very friendly and helpful without being overbearing. We loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious and delivered promptly. Such a great experience.

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JK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for Valentine’s Day dinner. It had been highly recommended so it had been on our list for a while and we were not disappointed. Everything is home made and it shows. We shared 2 appetizers, each had an entree and shared desert. The bill came to under $100 and it was good value. Italian BYOs are our go to restaurant type and we put Cucina Forte near the top of our list.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, love the owner, home cooked Italian, great price (Says $30-$50 on open table but actually $15-$35)

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BB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible gnoccis, great veal, friendly service, good value

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MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Sketchy service. Very loud atmosphere. But worth the minor inconvenience for the great food

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DJ
Philadelphia
415 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The famous gnocchi always steal the show. Delicious.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

spoke to the entire staff at cucina forte and left feeling like i made so many good friends feels like the old neighborhood feeling

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Gnocchi was good. Different, but good. Meals weren’t terrible, but they weren’t good. Below mediocre. Food quality was poor and didn’t warrant the prices. Staff was very friendly and attentive. It’s small in there, therefore it tends to be very loud. I probably wouldn’t go back.

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EG
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service.The restaurant is quite loud.The menu was very god. Excellent grilled and fried calamari. Always great pasta!

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E
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Known for their homemade gnocchi and they do not disappoint.

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DG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian food in the city and the best gnocchi in the world!!!

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for girls night out (6 of us) and had a great night! Cozy, dimly lit and not too loud. Service was excellent, food was great! Would definitely go back again!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was excellent, never felt rushed!

Cucina Forte
Responded on December 31, 2018

<3 come again!

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JE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fav. Restraurant for so many reasons. Have been going on Christmas for several years. Easter also have been and return a gain!!!

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SB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Cucina Forte! The food is incredible and the staff make you feel like family!!

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GR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. Very small - reservations are recommended- but a warm and friendly atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious and service is excellent. The specials here are always the best!!

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e
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here with my family, that includes two toddler children, and enjoyed our meal after seeing the lights on 13th street. The restaurant is a great BYO option for good Italian food in South Philly. I would definitely come here again with my family, on the earlier side, as it is a place to enjoy a nice meal with our kids.

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KS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always superb. Gnocchis are fabulous.

Cucina Forte
Responded on December 31, 2018

Glad you enjoyed!

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M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Marie's Cucina Forte since they opened. Never have been disappointed.

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PD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuchina Forte is a real gem. The food was so delicious, and the fabled Maria’s gnocchi Was as light as a fluffy cloud. Do try the appetizer gnocchi sampler, you will not be disappointed. A few of us tried the special that night. Tenderloin topped with crab and Gorgonzola... very special. Also their Veal Saltimboca was a real treat with lovely sides. We were a party of 8 and were served by Greg and another waitress. They were both lovely and anticipated our every need. Looking forward to returning. Thank you to all for a lovely meal and evening.

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I can't review this restaurant, my reservation having been canceled by the establishment the morning of and with no explanation.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

They either had a very bad day or other reviews are paid for: grilled octopus came out cold and undercooked, was quickly replaced though. In general pasta was bland and with boring flavors and generic sauces. When asking for pepper we got red pepper flakes...duh. At the end it took a few follow ups to get the check. Pasta with clams had sand in it (clams not cleaned well). Overall a very poor experience and not memorable at all.

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