Anthony's Cucina Fresca

4.6
335 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!
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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to local restaurant, excellent food and service. Highly recommend Anthony’s

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JK
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried this place for the first time after hearing good things. I had the Veal Roll (special) and my wife had the Seafood Fettuccine. Meals were excellent and you could tell the food was fresh. The homemade pasta is absolutely spot on. The owner was there and is super attentive and accommodating. You can tell he really cares about your experience. Great spot!

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H
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On Thursday, my husband and I did an impromptu dinner at Anthony's. I wasn't sure how busy it would be so I made a reservation. It wasn't crowded when we arrived at 5:45 but sure enough by 6:30, it was packed. I tried the crab and lobster ravioli with a side caesar salad. The homemade dressing and croutons were amazing. I usually only eat a few of them, but I couldn't stop and I ate them all. My meal was very tasty. I took half of it home and enjoyed it the next day. My husband had a small steak sandwich. He said it was ok. When I was leaving, I saw someone with the margherita pizza and it looked amazing. I know what my next meal will be. :)

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KP
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Always reliable and reasonable. Something for everyone. The owners have done a nice renovation and appreciate their diners as well. They seem to have a lot of "regulars" which says something for the quality of their establishment. We are 2 of them.

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F
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, definitely would go back. Food was excellent. Calamari was a hit. Server was on top of everything and never felt rushed. The only food issue was the focaccia bread was dry and overly seasoned, but it was free. Highly recommend.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Took a while to be greeted and served a dime water and drink. Took a while for appetizer too, even while not really busy as I have seen in the past.

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b
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappointed by a meal here. Flavors pop on all the food and everything tastes fresh.

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P
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We keep going back. We are always greeted promptly and seated quickly. Service is very good and the food is great. Very reasonable. We'll be back.

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SK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in our area!! Go! Make reservations! Otherwise you may not get in!! Love this hidden gem!!

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KO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! We went for our anniversary and had wonderful service and an authentic Italian dinner. The plate presentation was beautiful and the portions plentiful. We can not wait to come back!!

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AF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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PA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Sat at the bar. Watery martini and Manhattan. Pizza was good. Everything else we ordered, calamari and pasta, was very mediocre. Ultimately disappointing.

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JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, starting with the complimentary bread and luscious tomato and olive oil dipping sauce. We shared the bruschetta appetizer which came with a generous five pieces. My spouse had the chicken parmigiana, and I had traditional lasagne. Both were excellent with a generous amount to take home for dinner the following evening. I had been enticed to try this restaurant by the photo of a mojito on their Facebook page, and it was as delicious as the photo suggested. My spouse described his Moscow mule as “good, but not great.” The service was outstanding including the take-home boxes which our waitress wrapped securely and labeled for us. I was glad I had made a reservation as others were always waiting for tables on this busy Wednesday evening. Lastly, parking was surprisingly ample in this downtown location with a very deep lot behind the restaurant and an easy exit onto Viaduct Avenue. I would recommend giving it a try; I know we will definitely return!

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JA
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our first visit to Anthony's and not our last. Great wine and spirits list. Our shared tasting board appetizer was generous in size and a great way to start our meal. Wife had a special and I had the carbonara. Again, large portion for each and had to take some home for the next day. Both were delicious.

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FW
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Had a good time and found it to be good value. Will be back soon.

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food here is phenomenal! This is our new favorite spot for drinks, appetizers or dinner!

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AG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best I've had. A local gem. Will return often.

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K
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal with fantastic service

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CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation and was seated immediately. Waiter took our drink order right away and was served quickly. Dinner was delicious.

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GC
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything here was fabulous and top-notch from food to service. The only hold back from a 5 star review was a snafu with receiving the wrong dinner, however this was corrected very quickly. The server was extremely nice and apologetic, and brought us a free Cannoli without us asking for anything. One small mistake will not stop us from returning. The food and service is excellent.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, staff is friendly, accomodating, and attentive without being overbearing, and the prices are very reasonable. Fantastic place!

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AR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was awesome!!! All of it!!!

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U
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is truly the Jewel of Chester County. We will be back again as the food was the best Italian I have ever eaten. Can't wait to try more menu items and even sit outside. The desserts are better than what you would purchase at a high end bakery. The wait staff is friendly and attentive.

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SS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very tasty food and aim to please service! Anthony’s Cucina Fresca is a big plus for Downingtown.

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

Exceptional food, excellent service.

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RR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

A little on the noisy side possible because more kids than usual on Father's Day. Waitress could have been more proactive about what needed to be on the table based on our order (i.e. salt, pepper, spoon for pasta, bowl for mussel shells, etc.). Food outstanding as always.

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started by ordering the eggplant stack appetizer based on award plaque in waiting area. Was not overly impressed. However, we ordered 3 different types of pasta dishes. All were outstanding! Veal tips were tender. Seafood was fresh. Pasta was cooked perfectly.

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d
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good as usual, but the restaurant was packed. This resulted in slow service. One of the meals came out lukewarm. Staff seemed insufficient for the number of patrons.

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was good, service was exceptionally slow. Noise level was over the top, yet place was filled so that may have resulted in the noise.

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HK
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with a friend for dinner to celebrate our birthday after seeing it advertised on FYI Philly. It didn't disappoint. The mushroom soup was excellent and the shaved parm on the Caesar salad was yummy! The shrimp meal I had was delicious. I'd definitely go back.

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GF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. Everyone was very accommodating to our needs. The “special” (homemade pasta with seafood and veggies in primavera sauce) was absolutely delicious the evening I visited

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The service was great, the ambiance wonderful, but the food was nothing really special. The drinks were very good, though. I wouldn't recommend it for anything special, but it's a nice place to go back occasionally. The parking situation was incredibly bad, on a Thursday night. There was no real warning of just how bad it was, and I had to call and be told to park at the coffee shop across the street, which didn't have any real parking spot. I wish the food and parking was better.

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RJ
Tucson
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Good food, grear service. A bit noisy, but tolerable. I would recommend it!

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RI
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was a bit slow. Apps are tiny. Calamari app is embarrassing. Little rings that most likely frozen. Need to get better calamari and increase app portions.

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D
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was our first time at Anthony's. The service was right on. The food outstanding for a reasonable price. Very good Italian wine selection by the glass. You can tell that the pastas are homemade by their texture in your mouth. Due to the hard stone/brick walls it is a bit noisy, but lively. The waitstaff was very attentive. The owner came around to ask how everything was. Parking is a challenge in their lot, but we found close street parking. This has been a great find of an Italian restaurant for us!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating after our daughters graduation and everything was great.

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RD
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Dining experience was excellent, prompt seating , great service and the food was outstanding. I definitely recommend Anthony's Cucina Fresca. Will see you again soon.

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ET
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That is the 4th time I've eaten there and will continue. I'm always impressed with the changes being made.

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B
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Would recommend this place to anyone.

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RD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large menu, excellent quality and flavor of food. Service was excellent. Plan on returning and will
recommend.Enjoyable evening

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