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768 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2839 (Bella Vista / Queen Village)
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Ranked #161 of 3,804 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $14 - $26
Mon - Wed 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Fri 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Rochester, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Really had a wonderful time at a recent visit to Cucina Forte! We often visit Philadelphia and so happy to find good Italian food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Minor suggestion - for the buffalo mozzarella salad I would suggest a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to add some acidity to the experience. I enjoyed their garlic and shrimp over... More 

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Paoli, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews 71 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

More than worth the ride from the far western burbs to feast on Maria Forte's perfect homemade Italian. She truly is the Love chef. Every morsel of her food reflects her genuine love of cooking and taking such good care of her customers. Admittedly, parking is tough but persevere. BYOB - bring a bottle or two of your best Italian... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Shared dinner at this BYOB with some friends last week, and found the food we ordered was outstanding. We ordered the mozzarella and tomatoes, as well as the Greek salad for antipasti. Both were very tasty, but too much food!!! The pasta dishes were marvelous. Very fresh, and the seasonings were perfect. I ordered a pasta special, which contained scallops... More 

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Stratford, New Jersey
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I recently wrote a review on Yelp! about Cucina Forte. Aside from saying the same exact things, all over again, I decided to keep this one very simple: Do yourself a favor and GO! The restaurant is intimate, the people who work there are friendly and accommodating, and the food was just wonderful. Coming from someone who eats out a... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

this was the best Mother's dinner I ever had with the best service. Usually restaurant's are over crowded on holidays and have not had much luck with good service. But not this restaurant best service ever all the time.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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99 reviews 99 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

I expected more from this restaurant. It is small and the night we went there were few customers. This is a byob restaurant. The quality of the food is inferior to the expectations. The owner is nice and friendly

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Had dinner there tonight for the first time. Did not have a reservation so we took a chance. We arrived around 6. We were lucky to get a table as they were completely booked for the rest of the evening. I had the Gnocchi with gargonzola sauce. The best I have ever had. My husband had the Sea Bass and... More 

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Drums, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The gnocchi is to die for! It just melts in your mouth! We are very picky Italians and every meal we had here has been exceptional. Besides the awesome home-made Italian food, the prices are reasonable and it's a BYOB! You can't go wrong with this place! You will need a reservation though!

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Wallingford, PA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Went for Valentine's Day. Maybe I should have expected it, but they rolled out special Valentine's Day prices for their, as always, excellent food and friendly service.I had a veal dish, my wife had the lamb chops. What can I say, they were the high quality we always expect here. The Dream Soup is always special, but this time it... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is one of our absolute favorites. Gnocchi is the best I have ever eaten. The servers are outstanding and treat you like family. They cook everything to order and will prepare any dish pretty much to your liking. Parking is tough but worth the search. Small restaurant and only Knock is sometimes you get large parties that are... More 

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Additional Information about Cucina Forte

Address: 768 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2839
Phone Number: 215-238-0778
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > Bella Vista / Queen Village
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 14 - 26
Cuisine: Italian

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