da Filippo Autentica Cucina Italiana

4.7
422 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date

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About

The idea of master chef Filippo Russo is to bring the Italian culture of gastronomy to Somerville, New Jersey. Through his philosophy, Da Filippo's Ristorante is recognized by European patrons spanning as far east as Japan and Singapore. With his profound knowledge in the culinary field Filippo Russo is able to present a level of authenticity through his dishes, replicating his mother's recipes as...well as the environment Filippo was exposed to in Sicily.

Over the years Da Filippo's Ristorante received numerous reviews from the New York Times, New Jersey Monthly Magazine and Zagat survey, The Star-Ledger and The American Academy of Restaurant and Hospitality Sciences. The most honorable recognition presentated to Filippo Russo is the Luigi Veronelli Award of Northern American fine Italian dining and Ignazio Miceli from Regaleali Winery Sicily. When guests arrive at Da Filippo Ristorante they are welcomed with European hospitality while finding themselves in a rustic ambiance
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm;

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm;

Sunday: RESERVED FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
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Phone number
(908) 218-0110
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Filippo Russo
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Catering
Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Meadow Street
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Entertainment
Live piano music Friday and Saturday evenings after 9:00 pm.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.4
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4.4
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New York Area
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Attention to detail and fine cooking make this a special place.

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OT
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

Wonderful !!!!

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JB
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

We had a wonderful family get-together. Filippo greeted us when we came in andt he food was excellent, the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming.

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SF
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Had a wonderful and special evening including great music and singing! Would love to dine here again!

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PP
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

A wonderful dining experience as always. I had the pork scallopini which was outstanding. I had the cabbage and shrimp appetizer, which is a favorite of mine. The service was terrific, the owners are friendly and never fail to acknowledge us. They even have great coffee and I couldn't pass up the profiterole, which is delicious. If you haven't tried this restaurant, I highly recommend it.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

After having dined here many times, I must say that this restaurant in quite consistent. Food is always wonderful, service always spot on and Bertie and Filippo are always the most charming and welcoming hosts. I’ve been here as part of a large group, or as a party of 2, and we are always warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. You can’t go wrong at Da Fillippo.

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TK
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Outstanding food and service. First time visit and already planning a return trip. A great menu, not your usual Italian pasta menu.

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RN
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Very good food. Nice touch the owners greet you at the door

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Great and personable

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KL
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Really great experience. The food was very good and the atmosphere was amazing. Small place with lots of charm. The chef and his wife are great hosts. The menu is limited, but oh well.

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MM
New England
5.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

I have met my sister at Da Filippo twice in the last year as a half-way meeting point for dinner. This is your classic hidden treasure, a place with low street appeal, but warm, charming and a great dining experience inside. The staff, owner/chef and family welcome you and care for you attentively. The chef came by a couple of times to check on us, and also sat at the piano and played and sang a few songs! Great BYOB place, I WILL be back!

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DH
5.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

This is always a fantastic dining experience. Food is always good, the owners are very friendly and always accommodating. We love when the owner is finished with his duties in the kitchen and comes out and plays a few tunes on the piano. It's like being in their living room and dining with old friends. We highly recommend this restaurant

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

Great food, owner is from Sicily, nice ambiance.

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Buckinghamshire
4.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

Really authentic, friendly, warm and welcoming. Great and genuine Italian food. The menu is small, but absolutely excellent.

This place is actually a bit of a find. You won't be disappointed. Just note that it's BYO, so make sure you have your wine with you!

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New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

The menu is extremely limited. I assume that they augment this with specials, but by the time of our reservation at 8:30, they were all out of every special. Then they lost our ticket so our waitress had to take our order a second time and our meal was delayed. Meanwhile, the owner's wife walked by right after her and lied, telling us our food was on the way and would be here in one minute. She clearly didn't know what was going on in the kitchen. Overall, the ambiance was nice and the food was good, but not great. For $20, I expect raviolis to be amazing.

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CC
New York Area
2.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Take a pass and dine at one of the many awesome Italian restaurants in the area!! We arrived at our reservation time, and although there were plenty of open tables, we were made to wait while the hostess fumbled with their reservation system. Service was slow. I asked if the veal saltimbocca could be made with chicken, the server responded “sometimes the chef will substitute, but let me see if he’s in the mood”. She came back and said no, he is not in the mood!! Ok, ordered anyway. The dish had 3 small thin medallions that were so over cooked they curled up. The sauce tasted good, but the oil separated on the plate and the whole thing did not look appealing. Two others at the table ordered the risotto. They said it was just ok. It was served in a white dish with what looked like a plop of plain looking risotto and did not look appetizing. It didnt even have a garnish to brighten the dish. Hadn’t been ther in 15 years and know I know why.

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MF
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

I have been to going to da Filippo's for the past 20+ years. The menu is short, but everything is great. Starters to dessert.

Try any of the special's the Filippo has constructed for the day.

On weekday nights, you may be treated to song and music played by the chef himself!

BYOB

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P
Tampa
4.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

The food was excellent, service very good, and ambiance was perfect.
Never had a disappointing meal at DaFilippp’s

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GC
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Great Food and pleasant atmosphere. Loved the Homey feel

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MA
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

Wonderful warm hospitality. Authentic cuisine. We will return!

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PW
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 14, 2018

My wife and I always enjoy our meals at Filippos--warm, congenial hosts who make you feel like family; quiet, cozy atmosphere; and delicious, well-prepared upscale Italian cuisine.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food and owners are great people. Always a pleasure to eat here.

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RB
5.0
Dined on May 2, 2018

The restaurant, chef, menu and the food were outstanding. I will return.

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OT
New York Area
2.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

I am sorry to write such a negative review, but I really think I need to counter the many way-over-the-top positive reviews for da Filippo. The food was edible at best - we found the octopus and snails (normally, two of our favorites) to be very undesirable and the service was barely proficient. It seems that a lovely family owns the restaurant and we are always looking for that type of family-inspired atmosphere and food. Honestly, we were shocked and disappointed at the quality of the food. Maybe they are living on past glory. Very sorry.

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ER
Tampa
5.0
Dined on April 27, 2018

This was our second time at Filippo's. My wife and I had gone before and had the tasting menu. It was great. The food was fresh and delicious and the service attentive and charming. This last evening we brought our son and his fiance. They live in the area and had never been before. We had a delicious delightful dinner and filippo's has two more customers. Thank you for a great meal and a wonderful evening.

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New York Area
4.0
Dined on April 26, 2018

Excellent food, ambiance and a very amiable Filippo. He makes you feel that he is happy you are there eating his food. The young hostess can use some of his amiability, actually a lot more. She had no warmth and looked frightened most of the time.

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OT
Washington DC
4.0
Dined on April 26, 2018

Excellent menu, well executed. Warm, welcoming feeling from the owners who are the chef and hostess.

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Chicago
5.0
Dined on April 25, 2018

Absolute gem. Excellent authentic Italian food served by the owners. I have been here twice and will be back any time I am in Somerville area. Bravo!!

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OT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent food, though the portions were small. 2 apps, 2 dinners and tip $90. I don’t mind those prices if I’m getting good portions. Overall very pleased 🤗

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CJ
5.0
Dined on April 3, 2018

Our dinner party traveled from NY, PA and the Jersey shore to meet for dinner. We did not know it was a BYOB and so the owner/chef personally went to the liquor store and bought us a bottle of prosecco per our request. Outstanding service, great food (ravioli was excellent). Definitely recommend!

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SR
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

Always great!

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CS
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

Another wonderful dining experience as per usual! We love this place. We usually come for date night but we brought my parents who were visiting from out of town. They loved it too!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 28, 2018

Great food, intimate atmosphere, warm and wonderful hosts!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 26, 2018

Somerville’s best restaurant period.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 17, 2018

Fantastic!

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RN
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 6, 2018

Been there once before. Such a nice place to go for dinner. Food is very good. Owners are so delightful. You will not be disappointed

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent menu. We thoroughly enjoyed our entrees and appetizers.

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Washington DC
3.0
Dined on March 3, 2018

Came highly recommended by local Italian families and it turned out to be wildly underwhelming.

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IN
New York Area
5.0
Dined on February 19, 2018

We had a terrific dinner at da Filippo. The fried arugula appetizer was particularly good.

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OT
4.0
Dined on February 17, 2018

We really enjoyed our meal and the restaurant in general! It was not busy as several people had canceled reservations due to a snow storm. This being said, we expected the service to be 100%. They forgot one of our appetizers and the waitress apologized and said it was her mistake. We really enjoyed the meal! We give the food 5+ Stars and the ambiance the same BUT the service could have been a touch better. We would definitely return. The price was right and we always love BYOs because our wine is affordable!!

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