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$$ - $$$
City Center West
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2048 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4417 (21st)
+1 215-751-1175
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon 17:00 - 20:30
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can't say enough good things about this tiny little restaurant discretely woven into various small shops and places on Sansom Street. It is a true gem. The food is an absolute delight and won't disappoint. True Tuscan and other Italian recipes focus on good ingredients. The bolognese is a six hour simmer- a rich, meat focused event with the... More 

Thank Kristen B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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176 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place has been at same location for many years. It is across from THE ROXY, our best Art Theatre screening foreign and independent films. Two brothers own and run the place serving good Italian food. It is VERY CRAMPED and the last two times I ws there I had to participate in passing food to the next table.

Thank Lsbtravel1
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Dined here last Saturday night with a group of friends. David the owner was very welcoming and accommodating. Our party was running late and they put us at a table upstairs which was perfect - a little roomier than downstairs! Food was delicious - we ordered a bunch of appetizers and pasta entrees. Service was great - special shout out... More 

Thank Jill M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

This is a very friendly small bistro on a small street in center city philadelphia. Italian food, prepared with excellent ingredients. Owner greets you personally. It's BYOB. Perfect little out of the way place.

Thank Ron J
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Brothers Steven(chef) and David( front of the house) and staff consistently provide a warm, friendly,welcoming atmosphere, and exceptionally flavorful pastas and main dishes!

Thank don l
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

It's been years since I was here and I forgot how excellent the food is. The gnocchi is the lightest and most tender I've ever had! David and Steven (owners), you boys still have it!! ❤️❤️

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Yellow Springs, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We had reservations at 5 p.m. We arrived at 4;40 since it was a new city for us. The door was unlocked. We entered and staff obviously were upset that we were there. they were just serving themselves a huge meal and talking and laughing. After a few minutes a woman came over and said they could not seat us... More 

Thank steveandcindy2016
Boston, MA
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Appetizers and mains were delicious. Saved room for dessert - also tasty. Space is small, in a row house living room as noted - if there are four of you, tables close but you have your own table space. If two, your table will be just a few inches away from the next table of two. If you don't like... More 

Thank Laura731
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

A return visit to Porcini's with friends did not disappoint. While Philly has numerous fine BYO Italian restaurants, Porcini is consistently authentic in its food, service and decor. Ravioli OssoBucco with red sauce was so flavorful I was tempted to ask for another plate-ful. The caesar salad was dressed perfectly, although an option for a side of anchovies would have... More 

Thank john s
New York City, New York
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

We made a reservation at Porcini via OpenTable and our hotel concierge confirmed it. We were greeted by a disinterested, unwelcoming host who told us our table would not be ready for 20-30 minutes. He said, "That's just the way it is." The implied message was "take it or leave it." We left. This was, by far, the worst service... More 

Thank bruce g

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2048 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4417
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
  • Neighbourhood: City Center West
  • Phone Number: +1 215-751-1175

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?