About Fenicci's of Hershey

Herhey's Oldest Free Standing Restaurant. A local favorite for 80 years. Featuring our Famous DeAngelis Spaghetti Sauces & our Famous Upside Down Pizza. Homemade, delicious Italian Dishes, featuring Seafood, Steaks and Pasta. Full pub menu & sandwich selection. Full menu offered all day & late night. Full bar with entertainment on weekends. Home to the stars, after cast parties & celebrities from the Hershey Theatre. Conveniently located on Chocolate Avenue, directly across from the Hershey Story Museum. Top rated on Trip Advisor & other sites. Featured in USA Today and Comcast Best of the City.

102 West Chocolate Avenue
Hershey, PA 17033
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday : 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00 am, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am Bar open later.

Cross Street:
Linden Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 533-7159

Website:
http://www.feniccis.com/

Entertainment:
Live local talent every Friday & Saturday evening from 9:30pm till Midnight

Catering:
Catering available for Lunch & Dinner.

Parking Details:
Public Lot Directly across the street and on street parking available.

Executive Chef:
Jason Swartz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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Fenicci's of Hershey Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (66)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
Good for a Date (52)
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Special Occasion (48)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Authentic (40)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
Comfort Food (38)
Worth the Drive (36)
Good for Groups (35)
Kid-friendly (30)
Fun (27)
Business Meals (26)
Cozy (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
Romantic (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Late-night Find (12)
Hot Spot (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great Beer (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Always a good meal!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

First time visit while in Hershey. My wife and i have the same birthday usually go to a local to us Italian restaurant. However this year we were travelling and I booked Fenicci's based on the menu and reviews here.

It was VERY busy night, yet we were taken to our table right on time for 7:30. We heard them tell those without a reservation that the wait was at least an hour, so they were VERY busy.

Our drink and food orders were taken quickly and it was obvious that the waitress was working hard. I had the meatball appetizer (order by the number you want) with their homemade marinara sauce and it was obvious that they are home made; the meat seemed denser and the sauce delicious.

I also recommend the veal parm. BUT, in a first for me, they list fresh and patty. ORDER THE FRESH! It was as good as any I've had. A large, thin veal , crisp breading, melted provolone and the same marinara. A side of spaghetti and it was all delish! Came with a house salad and their homemade Italian dressing, served in a bottle that you need shake. Seeing the amount of salad, I could have done without the meatball app, but I'm glad I had the meatballs too.

Room had a moderate noise level but I think that was mostly due to the number of people and a group of 20 came in about halfway through our meal. Still, we were easily able to talk without raised voices.

Overall, given how busy it was, I thought the overall experience was wonderful, particularly for a restaurant in a new place and that we really knew nothing about and booked on advice here. It doesn't look like much from the outside and inside is dated, but the food is well worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

not what i expected, restaurant is old and doesnt look like its been renovated since 1935.....food and service was good, waitress was very attentive to our needs...
despite the appearance the staff was very nice and even provided a complimentary dessert for my daughters birthday...unlikely to make a return trip

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined 3 days ago

My boyfriend (now fiance) and I had our first date here and we came back after now being engaged. Coincidentally, we had the same waitress on both occasions and she was wonderful! We will definitely be back for more date nights!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Make reservations EARLY! Fried calamari is an absolute must. Seafood risotto was excellent. Pappardelle was so delicious. Service was friendly and considerate which is important when dining out with children. I overheard another family discussing certain food allergies and the wait staff brought out a chef to make sure no allergens were in the meals ordered. The menu is broad enough to please everybody. We were greeted coming in, during our meal, and again when leaving. The service and food were what you might expect (but rarely get) from a much more expensive restaurant. This is our new favorite family restaurant in Hershey!!!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

We made reservations for dinner at Fenicci's before heading to a show at Hershey Theater. We were seated immediately, and although it appeared they were having some staffing mix-ups, we were given very good service from Chris. He was extremely attentive, personable, and was quick to clear any unwanted dishes, etc. We will definitely go again when we are in Hershey!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

It was a last minute decision to dine out before heading to the Hershey Theatre.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was good, service was also good. We were in and out in less than an hour !

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our second trip to Fenicci's while visiting Hershey, Pa. The restaurant is conveniently located across from the Hershey Museum and you can walk after your tour. Everyone here is so friendly and the food is amazing. They give you a lot of delicious home-made food for the money, and we took half of ours home for the next day. We will visit Fenicci's everytime we visit Chocolate Town....worth the drive!!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food is always great here. Fenicci's does it right. High quality preparations, Phil is always accommodating and checks on his guests. The atmosphere here make you feel relaxed and you can just enjoy your company and great food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

I cannot say enough how wonderful the food and the service is here. The staff is friendly and helpful when trying to decide on what to order. I had the special that was scallops in a white cream sauce, my husband had the veal parm. There are always left overs. They were both excellent. We will be back again and again.

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·Dined 6 days ago

This is a restaurant I've frequently my entire life of 71 years. Even though ownership has changed, the standard of excellent food, service and ambiance remains. This can be a casual, quick meal, or a relaxed meal for a couple's celebration of birthdays, an anniversary or other event. It's hard to beat their great food and reasonable pricing. Terrific!

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Up we came from Baltimore and all the food was gross I was So disappointed the only thing that was awesome was the server

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Friendly staff. Very good food. A welcome respite after a long day at Hersheypark.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fenicci's is always a great place to eat. Food and service is excellent. The staff is friendly and welcoming.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Ellie and Bob Hanna started eating at Fenicci's late 90s. We call Fenicci's our kitchen. We have eaten as much as weekly. That equals 100s of meals. I have also gone diving with Phil. In addition to the remarkable specials, they make good Manhattans., Fra Diable (Saturday night).
I bring all my in town clients to dinner there. We usually have a dinner party after Derry Pres Church annual choir concert. Great place with something on the menu for everybody

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Overall good experience. Shrimp scampi was very good as were the double crab cakes. The chicken parm was over cooked.

For appetizers, we had the fried calamari which were tasty. The “famous” meatballs were nothing special..the meat was packed to the point they were too tough.

Nice serving of salad for the table and a good bar selection.

Staff was young but attentive.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We always enjoy Fenicci's, food is consistent and service is always good!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

After reading wonderful reviews we were totally underwhelmed. Wait staff seemed disorganized. We were asked upon being seated if we were atending a preformance at the Hershey Theater and if so we needed to order promptly. One would think arriving for dinner2 hours prior to a preformance would be suffient time to dine. The descriptions of the menu items were accurate however the preparation did not hold up to the description. Either an ingredient totally over powered the dish ( wild mushroom sautee was over powered by the Prosciutto) or the ingredient was not noticable ( Pesto Seafood Risotto had no pesto / basil flavor, and the pappardelle ragu lacked any meat flavor other then ground beef). Would I return is a good question may be if i was interested in a pizza or sandwich and could not find a pizza shop in the area. For a special occasion definetly not, I would walk across the street to Devon steak and seafood.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Ladies restroom was not well maintained which was disappointing because the service and food were outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were at Fenicci’s Saturday night with friends for my wife’s birthday. Our server, Alexis, was outstanding. She was fun and attentive without being overbearing. The food was fantastic, as it always is. Our friend was raving about how good the crab cakes were. My youngest loved her fettuccini and our oldest girl thought her penne ala vodka was “awesome”. My wife enjoyed her birthday dinner immensely. My only regret is that I was defeated once again in my quest to finish the lasagna. Next time I will try to cut down on the appetizers!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went to Feniccis prior to a show at the Theater - gave us 2.5 hours to eat and hang out before the show. We ordered appetizers and food within 10 minutes of sitting down - but our food took 1.5 hours to arrive. One of the appetizers came out after our food had arrived. The food was very good, but was surprised that no manager acknowledged the issue. Our server did the best she good, but I think even she got uncomfortable coming back to our table. I would still go back because the food was good but would be worried to go if there is a time constraint.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our experience on Saturday was wonderful. The Penn State/Michigan State game was on, so the bar was a bit noisy, but we were watching the game as well. The bruschetta was outstanding, so fresh with local tomatoes! Our meals were amazing and our waiter was awesome! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Enjoyed a unique cocktail and dinner before going to Hershey Theatre at 9 PM on a Saturday. Very attentive waitress on a very busy night. Great food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We got together for a special occasion. Food was good and service was excellent. We also enjoyed the wine and great conversation. We will definitely come back when we are in Hershey.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We were at this restaurant on Christmas Eve last year and the food and the ambiance was much better. We were disappointed with the cleanliness of the table (stain on table cloth of pasta sauce when we sat down) as well as the food was sub-par. The pasta was over cooked and the marinara sauce was bland.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Very tasty, portion size was huge, great lunch leftovers!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Cozy, Hot Spot, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was good. Not great. Service was very inexperienced but friendly

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Dinner here before 7 PM concert at Hershey Theatre. Very good choice. Good food, excellent service, and very close to the theater. Definitely recommend Fenicci's, and all six of us would return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always the food was delicious, with generous portions, and a reasonable price, and the service very friendly and efficient. The salad and fresh veal parmesan are outstanding. Fenicci's is our go-to spot.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was great. Service was great. Nice dinner for a nice couples night or family night. Would definitely return next time we are in the area.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The salad and appetizer was very good but my meal wasn't good enough but the manager took off half price because of it. My waitress was wonderful as well

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food. Friendly staff. Nice atmosphere. Cold beer.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

This is a classic Italian eatery with modern touches. They have been here for over 80 years and are not part of any chain or corporate group. It's a spot locals come to for family events, before theater, after kids sports team victories, first dates, parents' night out and take-out pizza. I have eaten here off and on for the last 30+ years. Never had a problem with food quality or poor service, even when they were very busy. In all those years I recall one problem with computing my bill, but it was taken care of as soon as I pointed it out. Because everyone eats here on the weekend evenings the noise level can be high.
If you are a small party and want quiet, get a booth in the bar.
If you need comfort, get a bowl of the Italian Wedding Soup.
If you can't face going out, they will prepare anything on the menu for take-out and they will bring it out to your car when you pull into the lot off the alley behind the restaurant.
If you want a great steak at 1 in the morning, this is your place.
My cousin and I ate dinner here last Friday night. We both had Italian wedding soup. I had Pappardelle with meat sauce and my cousin had a crab cake. Everything came quickly, was tasty and hot. I ordered a side from the appetizer menu with my pasta. Our server, Marissa, handled that with no confusion or delay. The exotic mushroom saute appetizer ought to be a main course all by itself, it is so good. I took the last couple of spoonfuls home and enjoyed it for breakfast the next morning on the leftover brioche toast.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Well this will the last time at this restaurant. They sat us in a great place till a large party came with unruly kids. The kids began to screaming while the parents drank and gossiped, not once quieting their brood. Several people complained & asked to be moved while the management did nothing. The hostess proceeded to tell us well we are a family friendly restaurant but many were not happy or impressed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We chose this restaurant since we had out of town visitors. My husband and I must eat gluten- free, although our friends had no dietary restrictions. I had planned on ordering a pizza and splitting it with my husband. But the waitress told us that although the pizza dough was gluten-free, she said the only topping we could get was the marinara sauce and cheese. I asked about bacon or chicken or spinach (I can't remember the various toppings) and she said they may have touched items with gluten in them, so all we could get was a plain pizza. So, we ordered the chicken parmesan. The gluten-free pasta was good, but again, the only choice of sauce was marinara and that was extremely watery. I guess the pasta hadn't been thoroughly drained. Our only gluten-free choice of salad dressing was oil and vinegar. This was served in a cruet, but no matter how much we shook the bottle, the oil and vinegar did not blend. My husband got a salad coated in vinegar - not very pleasant.

Our friends seemed to enjoy what they ordered (with gluten) and before we went gluten-free, we had always enjoyed our meals at Fenicci's. But for gluten-free, we have other choices for Italian food in Hershey that offer much more variety (appetizers, entrees, salads, desserts), so we will undoubtedly be heading to the other restaurants nearby.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is very average. Also, most dishes are in a cream or alfredo sauce, even when they don't need to be. I had chicken Saltamboca. The chicken was good, but the sauce was way too heavy for the dish. It is normally served in a much lighter sauce. Cheese, cream and repeat. That seems to be what they think people want.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The meat tasted like it was reheated and it was hard also the temperature was lukewarm the pasta was also lukewarm but the sauce was hot. I went to this restaurant thinking it was fine Italian dining and I could have had a better meal from Chef Boyardee complete waste of time and money and it was very expensive for the poor quality of meal. Tourist be aware this is the last place you want to spend your hard earned money

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Solid experience for a birthday celebration. Food was good; pasta fresh and seafood platter was really good. Service was weak; we even arrived at 5 before the early crowd; marked on the Open Table reservation was a birthday ; server did not recognize the event. From order to service, was a slow and a bit unresponsive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was amazing, could tell it was fresh and homemade. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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