About Porcini - Philadelphia

2012 through 2017 DINERS CHOICE AWARD . Located in the Rittenhouse Square area of center city Philadelphia, established in 1996. Porcini is rated by Zagat as a top 1, 000 Italian restaurant in America with a food score of 24. We are also recognized as the original and premier authentic, BYOB-style Italian restaurant in center city, as well as in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Located at 2048 Sansom Street. In a circa 1840's coach home, enjoy classic, imaginative Italian cuisine & fresh made pasta .
Historical Sansom Street offers entertainment at Helium Comedy Club, Adrien Theatre Shakespere Theatre , and Roxy movie theater, just doors away. Enjoy your visit to historical Sansom Street & Porcini Restaurant.

2048 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday 5pm-8:30pm
Tue-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm
Fri-Sat 5pm-10:pm

Large group private room available 15 to 35 seats

(Opentable gift cards and Porcini restaurant gift cards non-redeemable on holidays special group events or specialty dinners)

Cross Street:
discount garage parking directly across the street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 751-1175

Website:
http://www.porcinirestaurant.com/

Catering:
Small events from 25 to 50 guests. Passed hor devours-buffet style food designed to your taste.

Parking Details:
Sunday through Wednesday discount parking is offered for $10 for up to 8 hours,Thursday through Saturday $13 directly across the street at Central Parking garage..also plenty of street parking available ...server will validate you parking voucher

Public Transit:
regional rail:
30th St station 6 blocks
16th and JFK 6 blocks

Executive Chef:
Steven Sansone

Private Party Facilities:
White table cloth Private room available for 15 to 35 guest with private restroom .Sit down service,with several dinner menus to choose from.
guest can feel free to appoint the room to suit the occasion.

Private Party Contact:
Dave or Steven: (215) 751-1175

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Private Room

Special Events & Promotions:
Restaurant Week in September and January

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Porcini - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for a Date (24)
Cozy (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Casual (21)
Authentic (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Seasonal (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great pasta dishes, attentive service, warm, intimate vibe

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Proprietors warm and friendly, listened. Wonderfully noisy and vibrant. As a single, I felt comfortable and at home. I know where ye are.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

An Italian work colleague of mine recommended this place to me, and took me there as a "thank you" a few weeks ago. Having traveled to and dined throughout Italy, I was stunned how terrific and authentic this place was - best Italian meal I've had outside of Bologna, Umbria, Tuscany OR Rome. The owners are wonderfully outgoing. I love the fact it's BYOB. Not inexpensive, but worth it -- the pasta is fantastic, and take advantage of the fabulous appetizers and the puff pastry desert. Parking is not a big problem here with a garage across the street, and decent street parking usually available. I almost don't want to say too many good things because it will become popular - then again, it already is.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Absolutely friendly and great food. We shared a Caesar salad which was light and fresh. My husband hat a pasta from the nightly menu which he really enjoyed. I had the chicken which was truly flavorful, like I could eat it often! We appreciated the care put into the food and the considerate staff and owner Home style not haute cuisine. Worth going back for. Very small restaurant but they make it work. We will be going back soon.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food was wonderful amd the service was both prompt and extremely friendly. We felt very welcome amd will return soon for more great food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Intimate environment, fab food, and friendly owner that made the experience special!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Had the potential but there were a few issues on our visit....

We ended up with 2 servers. The first server seemed to be annoyed with our presence. She didn't explain the specials to us or open our bottle of wine. At the end my husband went to use the bathroom and she questioned the credit card being in my name. She seemed to give us attitude while the second server was actually pleasant.

We somehow managed to order one of the non homemade pastas on the menu which was a disappointment.

Would have been better if we had a little more TLC.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Amazing meal. I will be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great food and atmosphere! Some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten! Excellent service and overall dining experience.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 19, 2017

David is the best host and dining here always feels special! Food is always terrific and they definitely have the best cannolis in town!!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The best authentic Italian food ever. Very friendly staff. Owner was extremely welcoming and appreciated all his customers. Even gave me a pat on the back. Very tight quarters but it as ok for some reason. I usually can't deal with sitting so close with strangers but everyone was in to it and fun. So good.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The best meal I have had in years!! I live in center city and ate here recently and we all agreed it was the best meal we had eaten in ages. I went back the following night with friends from out of town who also agreed the food was fantastic!!

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Our anniversary dinner was excellent! Always great food and great atmosphere at Porcini

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

This has only been my second time here, but that's besides the point. Whether you're an urbanist or city slicker you'll find this place to be perfect, a little loud, but cozy. Great staff and service. Perfect for any occasion in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. 15 minute walk from the Logan Square, 10 min walk to Rittenhouse Shopping District. This place will fill you up with authentic Italian paired with a beverage of your choice (BYOB) you're in for a great time!

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had an amazing dinner and the service is just the best! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

My husband and I have been going here for 10 years. We love it. The food is always delicious and it is reasonably priced. The atmosphere is cozy and super friendly. The owners are so great. The chef is out in the dining room often. Extremely fun and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great experience!! Highly recommend :)

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Porcini is great Italian dining! The pasta dishes are excellent!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Small, cramped, and tends to be noisy but the food is consistently excellent and David is the very best of hosts.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 24, 2017

I went to this restaurant after seeing positive Google reviews and with the assumption that the website having no pictures with menu items meant the food was more authentic. Upon arrival, I found the spacing to be cramped and the food to be mediocre. The service was good, but not spectacular. I am not sure what I am missing, but the experience was not worth the prices I paid.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Every neighborhood should have a restaurant like Porcini. The Sansone brothers have created a little gem here. With authentic Italian recipes lovingly prepared, using the best ingredients, this 25-seat BYOB trattoria treats guests like family. David Sansone welcomes you heartily and explains the specials, while Steven, his brother, oversees the kitchen. Pastas are house made. This visit we enjoyed a grilled calamari appetizer, followed by a special: arctic char and tagliatelle in a light tomato-lemon sauce. The sauce was perfect for the delicate fish, and the house-made noodles were cooked to toothy perfection. My wife ordered crispy prosciutto and tagliatelle in a blush sauce. We have been here many times and look forward to returning. Glad we live close by, since every neighborhood does not have a Porcine. Just glad ours does.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Delicious food, good service, very small dining room glad we made a reservation. Tiramisu was DELICIOUS.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Fantastic meal and fantastic service. Owner makes you feel like a guest in his home!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on July 11, 2017

The staff was fantastic and the food was absolutely amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2017

We came a little earlier then expected but was seated and treated so kindly by the waitress. The food was amazing and it was so cozy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Cozy restaurant on a couple of floors in a small building in Rittenhouse square. BYOB. authentic, delicious food and varied choices. Highly recommend the artichokes appetizer and tiramisu for dessert. The pollo Milanese and ravioli di Ossobuco were so good, there was nothing left. The house special pasta was very good too. Portions are a good size. Overall, a great find at a very reasonable price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Love the fresh fried egg on top of the cacio e pepe pasta special!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Steve and co. were awesome, as usual. Daughter chose for her birthday and they made us all feel special. Making special drinks and other off menu combos. They always go the extra mile and it shows. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food awesome...staff attentive...no coffee...would not call for a cab

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

After receiving a couple recommendations from friends we finally made it to dinner here and we weren't disappointed. Enjoyed the cozy close quarters with family and great conversations with David, one of the owners, as we made some small world connections with him. The only thing missing for us was a gluten free pasta option, but otherwise a great experience with great food!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2017

This is one of my favorite go to places in my neighborhood. I go often with friends and also recommend to lots of people.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fun, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Our 4th time there. David, one of the owners, waited on us. We felt like we've known him for 30 years and it's only been a year since we've been frequenting Porcini's. Went on Tuesday night and it was quiet, friendly, and relaxing. Other restaurants can have the din of conversation bouncing off of the tin ceilings or tile floors. This was just right, where you can hear what's being said. And all four diners enjoyed their appetizers and meals. Desserts also great. We had the veal marsala, striper bass, bolognese and all were great.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

We are from Boston and were in Philadelphia to bring my daughter to her college orientation. We wanted to experience the Italian food scene near our hotel and the menu at Porcinis looked perfect -- traditional but with a "flair". My cousin ordered the dijon pistachio pork...amazing! I had the ravioli osso bucca....yummm and her daughter the pollo milanese....delish! Plus, the cannoli, stuffed with homemade ricotta, was such a wonderful end to fabulous meal! I had a difficult day navigating the Philly traffic and dealing with my daughter that I was very much looking forward to a drink with my meal. Unfortunately, we did not know it was BYOB. The proprietor was sooo kind that he went into his own personal stash and gave me a glass of wine. It made my day!!! Overall, a wonderful gastronomic experience!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was very good but prices for pasta dishes are not realistic. We had 2 appetizers 2 pasta dinners and one dessert for 117.00 One Dinner had 2 meatballs and the other had no meat. Not priced properly.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 23, 2017

A staple in Rittenhouse that remains fresh, delicious, and fun. Worth driving in from the 'burbs.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Delicious food- good service- noise level on a Friday night was unbearable!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent food, friendly service and BYOB. What else can you want form a great little neighborhood place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

The two brothers who have run this restaurants for over two decades create a homey and festive atmosphere, and the food is creative and very good. I just ate there on a busy Friday evening, and while I was delighted that business was so good, the noise levels made conversation--even at a table for two--very difficult. So perhaps better to go at less busy times.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I've been going here for years and it is Aaways great!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 6, 2017

The food and service were very good. Very small place so expect some noise, otherwise we had a great time

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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