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“Excellent Italian dining experience in West Chester”
Review of Core de Roma

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Ranked #16 of 257 Restaurants in West Chester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Adams Street
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian dining experience in West Chester”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

This place is real Italian. The owner is from Rome and it shows with the menu items and decor. This is my 5th time there and have never been disappointed. Pasta dishes are done the way they are suppose to be done, al dente, and delicious. Meat and seafood items are very flavorful. My favorite pasta item is the Bucatini all' Amatriciana. It tastes like it did in Rome. Luigi, the owner, is very personable and makes you feel very welcome. I also love that the place is BYOB.
I will be returning very soon.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Sam S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

Amazing appetizers, salad. Nice cozy atmosphere with friendly attentive staff. Try the lasagna;I guarantee it will be one of the best you've had. Also meatballs and artichoke appetizer are great. Owner very friendly.

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1 Thank Bink530
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Downingtown, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“WHAT Did You Say!!?”
Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

The noise in the restaurant was so loud that I had to have the server shout the specials while she was next to me. Why do we try these places on weekends? The food was average at best. The mushroom soup had lump crab in it, so it was more like crab soup. The chicken dish was over cooked and dried. Could it be the 1.5 hours we waited for the meal? Small BYOB setting was packed for our 8:15 pm reservation.

I can't emphasize enough about the noise level. It was horrible. This was probably the most uncomfortable restaurant that I have ever been to. This overshadowed the evening. Out of three couples, two said they would never go back. I thought the overall experience was horrific due to the noise level.

While I read the other TripAdvisor reviews, I could not believe these people went to the same place. Should I not believe that these reviews were written by "regular" contributors?

1 Thank Steve M
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best Italian Restaurant in West Chester”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Core de Roma offers a diverse menu of authentic Italian dishes served by an enthusiastic staff in a cozy setting. Gigi, the owner, seated us in the main dining area. Our waiter was knowledgeable about both the specials and the menu offerings, and his recommendations were outstanding. Between courses, we had a chance to talk Gigi, a native Roman whose father's paintings serve as focal points to the decor. The artichoke appetizer is the specialty of the house: three warm baby artichokes stuffed with cheese and served over a bed of spring lettuces. In a word, it was amazing. The mushroom ravioli were served in a white sauce that was rich without being heavy. The filling of finely chopped mushrooms was unusual but delicious. The lasagna was perhaps the best I've tasted and the portion was generous enough for another meal. Downtown West Chester charges for parking every night of the week, so it was especially nice to be able to park for free in their lot. I would recommend getting reservations even for a week night to make sure you aren't disappointed!

  • Visited March 2013
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3 Thank lkersch
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West Chester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Just got home from Core de Roma and had to share our thoughts. Warm, inviting atmosphere with an owner who walks around chatting with his guests, wait staff that is attentive, caring and willing to please. It's Sunday night and the restaurant was crowded! Lots of people out enjoying all the great food this newcomer to West Chester has to offer. And it is a BYOB!
We had a foursome..appetizers included the clams in white and red sauce, artichoke hearts, caprese salad...all great! Entrees included gnocchi, penne arrabiatta, veal...delicious.
Nice varied menu, excellent prices, service was acceptable given the fact that the restaurant was crowded. I think this restaurant will easily rise in the ranks on Trip Advisor as more people discover it. We enjoyed ourselves and are looking forward to going back soon...maybe within the next week. Put this place on your list! You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Michael400
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