Anthony's Cucina Fresca

4.7
247 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to Anthony’s Cucina Fresca, a place to enjoy the heartwarming and authentic flavors of Italian homestyle cooking!

From handmade pastas and aromatic sauces to elegant homemade desserts, the rich and sweet flavors will leave you wanting more.

Each dish is prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients under the direction of Owner and Head Chef Danilo Angelucci. Danilo seeks to touch every customer through the memories and heartwarming flavors from his childhood. Our passion and enthusiasm for fresh food is evident in everything we create. After all, we believe that the Italian tradition of spending time at the table with family and friends while enjoying a delicious meal, is a recipe for a happy life.

We hope you find that here with us. Mangia!
What 247 People Are Saying
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RC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere, good service. A great place for enjoyable food that is above the ordinary.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. Enjoy visiting to try everything on the menu. So far everything has been great and staff is very attentive. Well worth it.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with some friends and the service and food were wonderful!
We had the seafood special and the presentation was excellent and their Cappuccino was delightful.
I can't wait to go back and try other dinners.

There was a large family in the same room and every few seconds this poor child was couphing non stop the entire time and the parent just kept tell the little boy to "stop it". As they were leaving, the parent picked him up and carried him across the room all the while he was coughing and he loudly stated, "he has allergies."

I only mentioned this because if you plan on bringing children please be considerate of other patrons when bringing an ill child. Common sense would come into play to find a baby sitter and leave him home or cancel dinner out and stay home with your sick child.
I don't know what the proper stance would have been for the manager to have handled this situation.

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent! Recommend this restaurant for any event, casual atmosphere, excellent service and food.

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MN
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Caracas Burger has to be the best burger I've ever had. Loved the environment!

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LH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was busy so service was a little slow but the best our server could do. The room was noisy as there was no carpet or ceiling tiles to absorb the noise. Great food. Very lovely decor

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P
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to this restaurant. Very pleasant surprise. Nice addition to the Downingtown restaurant scene. Food was great and the service was good without being intrusive. All our guests enjoyed their meal. We'll be going back. One note, they do a brisk take out business so parking can be a bit dicey as folks come and go.

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JC
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been away for a few weeks. However, returned to our favorite restaurant, and introduced some friends! Of course they loved it. Looks like Anthony’s Cucina just got another happy customer. If you haven’t tried Anthony’s Cucina, you’re making a big mistake!!

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JJ
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The only reason I didn't give food 5 stars was because there was just too much salad dressing on, I usually order it on the side, so probably not a big deal. The servers are so nice, very friendly, bar staff excellent, great ambience. We cannot wait to see how it is in the summer when the patio is open. It seems that parking may be a challenge, but we're up for that! It will probably be worth it.! We like that the lights are dimmed as the evening gets later.

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P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, attentive staff. Love their pizza and my favorite salad is the Organic!

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DB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Great menu options. We have seen it improve over the last few years. The place is amazing and very welcoming.

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H
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and workers. We've been going to Anthony's for years and absolutely love it! They make you feel like family.

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F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was lunch so just salads which were very good. Dinner is amazing! Had the best pasta with burrata cheese! Love their renovation.

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LO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthony's is always great, love their menu and the service. The menu has something for everyone. Highly recommend it!

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J
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservations, which is highly recommended. This place is small and it seems they do a very large take-out business. Food was outstanding. My husband had the ravioli with lobster and crab and I had the Grilled Octopus special, both of which were very good. We shared the pear salad, which our daughter recommended, and that was also very good. We could hear chatter, but you could not make out the words from the tables nearby. Very little room for waiting and has a small bar. Also, the parking lot is not very large. Only one handicapped space. Would definitely go again. The owner made it a point to go around to each table to see how the food was and if you needed anything. A nice change.

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SI
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We live in Lionville and didn't even know it was there! Great gem in Downingtown!

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been going there ever since they opened at this location. The food and the owner are awesome. I’ll be going to this place regularly.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anthony’s never disappoints! Delicious draft beers, wines, and cocktails were all tasted. They let me try a few wines before deciding on one for my meal. We had the clams and mussels appetizer. For entrees we had chicken Marsala, lasagna, and penne alla vodka with shrimp. All so delicious and a good price for their size and value. We are looking forward to the wine wall they are putting in so they can bring in more wine and for their renovations to be complete. This is one of our favorite places to dine and we will absolutely be back!

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CR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual! It was my mother's birthday and they made it very special for her!

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SP
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Excellent portions. Excellent selection.

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

The wait staff was friendly and readily available . The food was so fresh and delicious and we never waited long to get it.

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

Excellent service, food was delicious and a friendly atmosphere!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the atmosphere and food was delicious

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M
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden Gem - fabulous food and service was impeccable. We will definitely return and spread the word.

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JC
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Wonderful! Can’t say enough about Anthony’s Cucina Fresca.

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JP
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience. Great food with a staff that cares. Get the San Daniele Pizza. To die for.

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AF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food eggplant excellent wings great flavor service excellent

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a lovely restaurant that has this authentic, small, individual setting feel like you would expect to find in the streets of any city in Italy.
The food is great, the staff is friendly and attentive. You need to make reservations as this place is always buzzing with people.

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JC
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Probably our 13th Friday in a row at Anthony’s Cucina Fresca. As always the food was awesome, the staff amazing. Service was a bit slow this evening but that’s because Anthony’s has become very popular on Friday nights!!! If you haven’t visited Anthony’s, you should definitely make it a point to do so. You will not be disappointed.

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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff, beautiful restaurant, warm and friendly. Excellent Italian food! A gem in Downingtown.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, fast, professional service..Excellent food, nice atmosphere. It was exactly what I would have hoped for on my wife's birthday. I will be returning to Anthony's.

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RI
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We ordered fried calamari and it consisted of calamri rings. Looked like it was frozen. The music was so loud you couldn't here people talking at our table.

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TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcoming soon as you enter the establishment, The waiters and waitresses speak fluent Italian very well dressed and groomed. What’s on the menu The special of the day are both fresh and homemade daily. Out of this world Selection of Pasta , Rizzuto , seafood, salad and fruit. Last variety of wine and imported beer selection to go with every meal. And when the appetizers and meals do come out the presentation Is of high excellence and high quality five star quality tasting as Matter-of-fact I recommend this place highly no doubt my mind I will be back again many many times and thank you for a wonderful experience

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OT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner and great atmosphere to help celebrate my wife’s birthday.

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C
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a Saturday night and the place was loud and crowded. I gave service a lower rating because it felt as though we were being rushed to order. There was one huge party in the restaurant and the space is really not cut out for that kind of thing. Once they left, the noise level decreased and it was a bit more pleasant. There is currently some construction going on - it looks like they are creating a nice outdoor patio space.
The wine list is fairly limited but we found a nice bottle. The cheese board was very nice and we would order it again. I had the chicken marsala which for me is a "test dish" at Italian restaurants. The sauce on this dish was too sweet for my tastes. My dining partner had a pasta dish with red sauce and he said it was delicious. They serve a nice small side salad with your entree too.
We will definitely be back but I think we will go on a different night of the week to avoid the crush.

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JC
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! Love Anthony’s!!!!

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EH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice spot. Enjoyed our meal. Everyone was very pleasant. Will go again.

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K
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a great meal!

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food presentation was outstanding. The cheese board was lovely, more than enough for 3 people to snack on. The entrees were very good ranging for our party from grilled chicken long hot sandwich to lasagna all delicious. Katie our server was adorable, happy and pleasant. I was meeting a friend I have not seen in many years so not being rushed out was a positive. There were some renovations going on with scaffolding and somewhat of A noise factor overhead with the roof. It did not deter our good time but it was unexpected. We will back again!

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JC
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friday night “Date Night” with my Sweetie at our favorite restaurant. Need I say more!!!!

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