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Cucina Forte

Bella Vista / Queen Village
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768 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2839
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10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Fri 11:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Hit All the Marks

Cucina Forte was everything I was looking for in a BYOB – intimate, paced well, attentive, and superb food. The gnocchi lived up to the hype. I will definitely return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Cucina Forte was everything I was looking for in a BYOB – intimate, paced well, attentive, and superb food. The gnocchi lived up to the hype. I will definitely return.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Always a great meal. Pasta all homemade by the owner, she is an Italian-born lady in her 80's --she has the touch. All pastas are excellent. Osso bucco, all classic Italian is well done. Large portions. BYOB! Sometimes a little noisy, (can get crowded) but music like Sinatra playing in the background, the friendly Philly-Italian waiters---it is much more authentic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Six of us in Philly for Mother's Day Race4Cure have dined at Forte on almost an annual basis the past six yrs. We have never been disappointed! Our usual waiter Vinnie has always been welcoming, helpful describing the evening specials, answering any questions, and this time, even bringing from the kitchen a scallop to attest to their large size in... More 

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Rochester, New York
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 768 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-2839
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
  • Phone Number: 215-238-0778

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 26
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:30 pm - 4:30 pm
11:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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