Porcini

★★★★☆
  • 2048 Sansom St

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

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  • 215-751-1175

About Porcini

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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★★★★★

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I agree with a previous poster - AVOID THIS PLACE AT ANY COST. One of the owners is so horribly abrasive he is verbally abusive. I have never written a poor review but I do not want anyone to go thru what I did last Sat night. I had 17

3
★★★★★

I agree with a previous poster - AVOID THIS PLACE AT ANY COST. One of the owners is so horribly abrasive he is verbally abusive. I have never written a poor review but I do not want anyone to go thru what I did last Sat night. I had 17

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We randomly chose Porcini because we were looking for a BYOB restaurant with Italian cuisine. When we first walked into the restaurant we noticed that it was a very tiny place and we immediately lowered our expectations. We decided to stay and try it anyway. This restaurant turned out to be one of the best places we have ever eaten at by far!! We both come from Italian families, and this place made us feel right at home. The food was exceptional. We ordered two dishes and split them. The Farfalle Fra Diavlo was loaded with fresh lump crab and the flavors of the sauce were something we would expect from only our grandmothers. The chicken dish was beyond flavorful, and the chicken was very tender. Even the potatos and broccoli were done to perfection. The brushetta appetizer was also amazing. To compliment our excellent meals,were the owners and waitstaff You can tell that they truly care about their business and customers. They were very friendly and hard workers. It was refreshing to see that the chef not only cooked our amazing meals and brought them out to us personally, but he also helped set tables when he had a free minute. For dessert, we tried the vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and a balsamic reduction. Oh my god! Although this may sound a little odd with the balsamic, it was to die for! The flavor was unbelievable.

You MUST go here. We will definetly be back again and again.

Jessica and Colleen

2
★★★★★

We randomly chose Porcini because we were looking for a BYOB restaurant with Italian cuisine. When we first walked into the restaurant we noticed that it was a very tiny place and we immediately lowered our expectations. We decided to stay and try it anyway. This restaurant turned out to be one of the best places we have ever eaten at by far!! We both come from Italian families, and this place made us feel right at home. The food was exceptional. We ordered two dishes and split them. The Farfalle Fra Diavlo was loaded with fresh lump crab and the flavors of the sauce were something we would expect from only our grandmothers. The chicken dish was beyond flavorful, and the chicken was very tender. Even the potatos and broccoli were done to perfection. The brushetta appetizer was also amazing. To compliment our excellent meals,were the owners and waitstaff You can tell that they truly care about their business and customers. They were very friendly and hard workers. It was refreshing to see that the chef not only cooked our amazing meals and brought them out to us personally, but he also helped set tables when he had a free minute. For dessert, we tried the vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and a balsamic reduction. Oh my god! Although this may sound a little odd with the balsamic, it was to die for! The flavor was unbelievable.

You MUST go here. We will definetly be back again and again.

Jessica and Colleen

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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Stumbled on this while on business trip. Having spent many months in Italy on business, this is the REAL DEAL. Do yourself a favor and have one of the owner's set your menu - Veal Scallopini is to die for. This is where the locals go - did not see one patron enter who was not a repeat. Do not miss this!

2
★★★★★

Stumbled on this while on business trip. Having spent many months in Italy on business, this is the REAL DEAL. Do yourself a favor and have one of the owner's set your menu - Veal Scallopini is to die for. This is where the locals go - did not see one patron enter who was not a repeat. Do not miss this!

Pros: Mama's Kitchen; no lie

Cons: A bit away from the corporate hotels

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I came here for a work event and we rented out the top floor. The ceilings were low, and it made the small room seem even smaller. Food was good, but I thought one of the servers was extremely rude (i.e. the guest of honor was giving a speech and the server continued to loudly deliver plates... when asked to stop, he refused and said he had to deliver the food).

3
★★★☆☆

I came here for a work event and we rented out the top floor. The ceilings were low, and it made the small room seem even smaller. Food was good, but I thought one of the servers was extremely rude (i.e. the guest of honor was giving a speech and the server continued to loudly deliver plates... when asked to stop, he refused and said he had to deliver the food).

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if you are looking for a good homemade Italian BYO meal in the city this is great. The owner was out talking and interacting with the patrons. In my mind, this makes the meal, he was not intrusive. He was a little loud, but aren't all Italians! Going to a place is not just about the food, it is about the whole experience. They have a cute little bay window in the front and if you are looking for a romantic night, ask to sit here. You can watch the crowd stroll by and also get some extra room.

2
★★★★★

if you are looking for a good homemade Italian BYO meal in the city this is great. The owner was out talking and interacting with the patrons. In my mind, this makes the meal, he was not intrusive. He was a little loud, but aren't all Italians! Going to a place is not just about the food, it is about the whole experience. They have a cute little bay window in the front and if you are looking for a romantic night, ask to sit here. You can watch the crowd stroll by and also get some extra room.

Pros: food

Cons: decor

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I made reservations for 10 people at 7:00 on a tuesday. Apparently the gentleman on the phone was more than happy to accommodate us for the dinner.
Due to some traffic, I called ahead to apologize and to let them know that we were going to be 10 minutes late. Still, the gentleman on the phone seemed happy and told us not to worry about anything.
As soon as we were seated by the nice waiter, a guy came bursting out of the kitchen with rage, screaming his head off at us "Nobody makes a fool of me!" He walked up to us pretty close and personal, screaming at us in front of everyone in that restaurant. This was clearly one of the worst dining experience I have ever had.
My point is AVOID THIS PLACE AT ANY COST!!! definitely not worth the trouble. There are way too many nice Italian restaurants out in this city who would treat their customers with respect and courtesy.

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★☆☆☆☆

I made reservations for 10 people at 7:00 on a tuesday. Apparently the gentleman on the phone was more than happy to accommodate us for the dinner.
Due to some traffic, I called ahead to apologize and to let them know that we were going to be 10 minutes late. Still, the gentleman on the phone seemed happy and told us not to worry about anything.
As soon as we were seated by the nice waiter, a guy came bursting out of the kitchen with rage, screaming his head off at us "Nobody makes a fool of me!" He walked up to us pretty close and personal, screaming at us in front of everyone in that restaurant. This was clearly one of the worst dining experience I have ever had.
My point is AVOID THIS PLACE AT ANY COST!!! definitely not worth the trouble. There are way too many nice Italian restaurants out in this city who would treat their customers with respect and courtesy.

Pros: food was good, byob

Cons: small proportions, and unreasonably angry staff

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My wife and I came to Philadelphia from Arizona to see the city for the first time. A college student from Penn recommended this place to us as the good little italian place where the college students go. Not quite knowing what we were going to find in the city and concerned how we were going to navigate the cold, we took off to find Porcini dressed in blue jeans and layers of sweaters. We took a short metro ride down market street and exited the 15th St. station. We then walked for about 10 minutes over to Porcini. When we arrived, we were afraid that we might be underdressed. We stepped through the door to ask the host/hostess...but there wasn't one. Instead, the owner of the restaurant opened the door for us as he reached out the door to wave goodbye to some of his guests. When we asked him if we were underdressed, he gave us a warm smile and said that we looked like good people and that was enough. He escorted us through a narrow walkway through the handful of tables in the restaurant to a little table in the back. I was most appreciative of the atmosphere. The people there seemed to love being there. The food was very good. A little pricey, but reasonable. We had some pesto bruschetta, and some pasta dishes along with a couple bottles of pelligrino. When I asked about wines, the owner explained that this is a restaurant where people bring their own. I've never heard of a restaurant like that before. He then grinned and said he thought he had something in the back...then returned with a couple glasses of white wine. All in all, I think the place is very charming. If I was a local to Philadelphia, I'd put this on my list of favorites.

2
★★★★☆

My wife and I came to Philadelphia from Arizona to see the city for the first time. A college student from Penn recommended this place to us as the good little italian place where the college students go. Not quite knowing what we were going to find in the city and concerned how we were going to navigate the cold, we took off to find Porcini dressed in blue jeans and layers of sweaters. We took a short metro ride down market street and exited the 15th St. station. We then walked for about 10 minutes over to Porcini. When we arrived, we were afraid that we might be underdressed. We stepped through the door to ask the host/hostess...but there wasn't one. Instead, the owner of the restaurant opened the door for us as he reached out the door to wave goodbye to some of his guests. When we asked him if we were underdressed, he gave us a warm smile and said that we looked like good people and that was enough. He escorted us through a narrow walkway through the handful of tables in the restaurant to a little table in the back. I was most appreciative of the atmosphere. The people there seemed to love being there. The food was very good. A little pricey, but reasonable. We had some pesto bruschetta, and some pasta dishes along with a couple bottles of pelligrino. When I asked about wines, the owner explained that this is a restaurant where people bring their own. I've never heard of a restaurant like that before. He then grinned and said he thought he had something in the back...then returned with a couple glasses of white wine. All in all, I think the place is very charming. If I was a local to Philadelphia, I'd put this on my list of favorites.

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I went to this restaurant last night as it was a horrible, rainy night and was close to the Adrienne where we had tickets for a show later on. My girlfriend and I walked into this tiny space and the owner was on the phone in the middle of the room booking a party for someone and speaking very loudly on the phone. After what seemed like forever, i gently asked him if he could lower his voice. He said he'd be off shortly. When he did hang up, however, he became hostile with us, saying "i can talk as loud as I want in my restaurant. You are so rude", etc. My friend and I felt we had no choice but to leave and got up to put on our coats. He wasn't satisfied with that, however, and continued to harass us, even to the point of standing in the doorway as we were getting soaked, forgetting our umbrella. This guy is nuts and does not deserve anyone's business, particularly when there are so many nice and accomodating restaurant owners hungry for business these days.

By the way, we ended up at the newly relocated Melograno a few doors down, and had a delicious meal with normal staff.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this restaurant last night as it was a horrible, rainy night and was close to the Adrienne where we had tickets for a show later on. My girlfriend and I walked into this tiny space and the owner was on the phone in the middle of the room booking a party for someone and speaking very loudly on the phone. After what seemed like forever, i gently asked him if he could lower his voice. He said he'd be off shortly. When he did hang up, however, he became hostile with us, saying "i can talk as loud as I want in my restaurant. You are so rude", etc. My friend and I felt we had no choice but to leave and got up to put on our coats. He wasn't satisfied with that, however, and continued to harass us, even to the point of standing in the doorway as we were getting soaked, forgetting our umbrella. This guy is nuts and does not deserve anyone's business, particularly when there are so many nice and accomodating restaurant owners hungry for business these days.

By the way, we ended up at the newly relocated Melograno a few doors down, and had a delicious meal with normal staff.

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If you prefer quality over quantity, Porcini is an excellent Italian BYO. They specialize in small plates which may be shared. You may order as many or as few plates as you want without being pressured into over eating.

And the menu changes. The last time we were there on Halloween we had the squash risotto-yum.

The atmosphere is cosy and the owners make you feel like an old friend.

My only wish is that they served coffee.

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★★★★☆

If you prefer quality over quantity, Porcini is an excellent Italian BYO. They specialize in small plates which may be shared. You may order as many or as few plates as you want without being pressured into over eating.

And the menu changes. The last time we were there on Halloween we had the squash risotto-yum.

The atmosphere is cosy and the owners make you feel like an old friend.

My only wish is that they served coffee.

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My friend introduced me to this place a few years ago. I had no idea it even existed. It's definitely well hidden. They don't take reservations so if you come when it's crowded, be prepared to wait. The restaurant is very small too. It's a BYOB which I love. It's a great place to eat a good meal and have good conversation with friends. The service is great too.

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★★★★★

My friend introduced me to this place a few years ago. I had no idea it even existed. It's definitely well hidden. They don't take reservations so if you come when it's crowded, be prepared to wait. The restaurant is very small too. It's a BYOB which I love. It's a great place to eat a good meal and have good conversation with friends. The service is great too.

Pros: great food, service, BYOB

Cons: parking in the area, really small

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While in Philadelphia on a business trip my husband and I went into Porcini's Restaurant. The food, service and hospitality of the staff and owners is absolutely amazing! Everything was perfectly cooked and flavored for a truly mouth watering experience! I have never wanted a meal to last forever as much as I did this one. We both found ourselves savoring the taste long after the food passed through our mouths.
The owners (two brothers) make you feel like family, taking the time out of the kitchen to visit with you and have real conversations. The personability of the staff and owners, taste of the food and reasonable prices makes this a restaurant one we would make a special trip to Philadelphia for! This food made me remember what good home made Italian cooking really is! No more chain Italian restaurants for us! It is obvious why it made Zagat's 2008 Top Italian Restaurant list! If you are looking for an amazing restaurant with incredible home made food, reasonable prices, personality and old time friendliness - visit Porcini's in Philadelphia - it is in a class all its own! A+++++++++++++++++++++

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★★★★★

While in Philadelphia on a business trip my husband and I went into Porcini's Restaurant. The food, service and hospitality of the staff and owners is absolutely amazing! Everything was perfectly cooked and flavored for a truly mouth watering experience! I have never wanted a meal to last forever as much as I did this one. We both found ourselves savoring the taste long after the food passed through our mouths.
The owners (two brothers) make you feel like family, taking the time out of the kitchen to visit with you and have real conversations. The personability of the staff and owners, taste of the food and reasonable prices makes this a restaurant one we would make a special trip to Philadelphia for! This food made me remember what good home made Italian cooking really is! No more chain Italian restaurants for us! It is obvious why it made Zagat's 2008 Top Italian Restaurant list! If you are looking for an amazing restaurant with incredible home made food, reasonable prices, personality and old time friendliness - visit Porcini's in Philadelphia - it is in a class all its own! A+++++++++++++++++++++

Pros: Food and Service

Cons: Restaurant only seats about 30 people

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I completely agree with the last reviewer. This restaurant was very inconvenient. When making reservations, they were adamant that we arrive on time. We were all there on time but the table was not ready. We were sent to purgatory upstairs and told that someone would be along to look after us. After ten minutes, one of us went back down to at least get a corkscrew. We were assured that someone would be up to help us. Someone did come but when we asked to see a menu while we were waiting, he said that that wasn't allowed. When we were finally seated (20 minutes after our reservation) we were very cramped. After the entire table had ordered six plates to be shared among a table of six, the manager/owner came and told us that everyone was required to order an entree. We had to cancel that order and start over. I thought all of this trouble might be worth it if the food was great. The food was fine, but nothing special. The portions were small and none of us left full. They were very quick to drop the check and then hovered around us until we paid. With so many outstanding BYOBs in Philadelphia (Mercato, Melograno, La Viola, etc.) there is no reason to waste your time at Porcini.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I completely agree with the last reviewer. This restaurant was very inconvenient. When making reservations, they were adamant that we arrive on time. We were all there on time but the table was not ready. We were sent to purgatory upstairs and told that someone would be along to look after us. After ten minutes, one of us went back down to at least get a corkscrew. We were assured that someone would be up to help us. Someone did come but when we asked to see a menu while we were waiting, he said that that wasn't allowed. When we were finally seated (20 minutes after our reservation) we were very cramped. After the entire table had ordered six plates to be shared among a table of six, the manager/owner came and told us that everyone was required to order an entree. We had to cancel that order and start over. I thought all of this trouble might be worth it if the food was great. The food was fine, but nothing special. The portions were small and none of us left full. They were very quick to drop the check and then hovered around us until we paid. With so many outstanding BYOBs in Philadelphia (Mercato, Melograno, La Viola, etc.) there is no reason to waste your time at Porcini.

Cons: Bad service, mnimal ambience, poor value

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We don't understand all the good reviews. The food and service on our visit was sub-par. Based on the prices and reviews, we expected some yummy moderately upscale Italian. As far as food, we started with bruschetta which was burnt on the edges. For the main courses, we had bucatini (which was a good portion size but nothing special in terms of taste) and ravioli (which was a really small portion and not tasty at all). The wait staff was also weirdly unaccommodating. We asked if we could order appetizers to start while we waited for 2 more members of our group of 12 to show up and they said their policy was to take the entire order at once. When we asked for bread at the very least, they also said they couldn't bring that to our table until after we ordered. Overall a very strange, disappointing experience. There are so many good Italian restaurants in Philly but this is not one of them!

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★☆☆☆☆

We don't understand all the good reviews. The food and service on our visit was sub-par. Based on the prices and reviews, we expected some yummy moderately upscale Italian. As far as food, we started with bruschetta which was burnt on the edges. For the main courses, we had bucatini (which was a good portion size but nothing special in terms of taste) and ravioli (which was a really small portion and not tasty at all). The wait staff was also weirdly unaccommodating. We asked if we could order appetizers to start while we waited for 2 more members of our group of 12 to show up and they said their policy was to take the entire order at once. When we asked for bread at the very least, they also said they couldn't bring that to our table until after we ordered. Overall a very strange, disappointing experience. There are so many good Italian restaurants in Philly but this is not one of them!

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Quite disappointing. We went there on a whim. Appeared charming from the outside. The small space didn't bother us at all. The waiter was very nice, and the (?) owner seemed friendly. The bread was lousy (out of a plastic bag from WaWa). Seems like an easy/important thing to do right in an Italian restaurant. The portions were small for the price - very small. The food was reasonable/good, but certainly not worth the money we spent given the size of the portions. The presentation of the food left a lot to be desired. We will not be going back any time soon.

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★★☆☆☆

Quite disappointing. We went there on a whim. Appeared charming from the outside. The small space didn't bother us at all. The waiter was very nice, and the (?) owner seemed friendly. The bread was lousy (out of a plastic bag from WaWa). Seems like an easy/important thing to do right in an Italian restaurant. The portions were small for the price - very small. The food was reasonable/good, but certainly not worth the money we spent given the size of the portions. The presentation of the food left a lot to be desired. We will not be going back any time soon.

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I recently dined at Porcini's for the first time upon the recommendation of close friends. They had raved about the great food and genuinely friendly owners and staff, calling Porcini's their favorite restaurant. We were a party of four discriminating diners on a Saturday evening. To say the least, I fully understand why this great restaurant came so highly recommended. I had been warned that they get very busy and only accept reservations for parties of six or more. With that in mind, we arrived early to beat the anticipated crowd. We were immediately greeted by the owner who made us all feel very welcome and escorted us to our table. Our very pleasant waitress came within minutes to introduce herself and hand us menus containing a nice variety of moderately priced appetizers and entrees. We opted to share two wonderful appetizers, an excellent gnocchi special and mussels in a light garlic red sauce. I had another special for my entree, a fantastic linguini pescatore containing a delicious combination of lobster, crab and shrimp. My wife and our other friends equally enjoyed their meals. We finished with two great desserts and cappucinos. By the time we left there were several groups waiting to be seated, validating our decision to arrive early. The ambience of the restaurant is unpretentious and inviting, with the owners and staff contributing to that atmosphere. I noticed the owner affectionately greeting and even hugging some people I presume to be regular diners. The entire experience reminded me of dining at one of the great local restaurants one might find in a piazza in Rome. I now join my friends who initially recommended it to us in calling Porcini's my new favorite restaurant.

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★★★★★

I recently dined at Porcini's for the first time upon the recommendation of close friends. They had raved about the great food and genuinely friendly owners and staff, calling Porcini's their favorite restaurant. We were a party of four discriminating diners on a Saturday evening. To say the least, I fully understand why this great restaurant came so highly recommended. I had been warned that they get very busy and only accept reservations for parties of six or more. With that in mind, we arrived early to beat the anticipated crowd. We were immediately greeted by the owner who made us all feel very welcome and escorted us to our table. Our very pleasant waitress came within minutes to introduce herself and hand us menus containing a nice variety of moderately priced appetizers and entrees. We opted to share two wonderful appetizers, an excellent gnocchi special and mussels in a light garlic red sauce. I had another special for my entree, a fantastic linguini pescatore containing a delicious combination of lobster, crab and shrimp. My wife and our other friends equally enjoyed their meals. We finished with two great desserts and cappucinos. By the time we left there were several groups waiting to be seated, validating our decision to arrive early. The ambience of the restaurant is unpretentious and inviting, with the owners and staff contributing to that atmosphere. I noticed the owner affectionately greeting and even hugging some people I presume to be regular diners. The entire experience reminded me of dining at one of the great local restaurants one might find in a piazza in Rome. I now join my friends who initially recommended it to us in calling Porcini's my new favorite restaurant.

Pros: Fantastic food and service

Cons: Does not accept reservations for parties less than six

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..So the Host lingers around the dining room; and the bread basket and olive oil is of an amount appropriate for the table. So what!? The Entree portions are exactly what they should be and they are delicious at that. Perhaps the problem is that most people don't feel satisfied unless they are stuffed beyond belief with a doggie bag in hand. I wish more restaurants would serve sensible portions. We have eaten here 5 times and every time we leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Oh and one more thing, for all you overeaters out there, with gas being $3+ a gallon, you might want to eat less, sell the Hummer and go green..

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★★★★★

..So the Host lingers around the dining room; and the bread basket and olive oil is of an amount appropriate for the table. So what!? The Entree portions are exactly what they should be and they are delicious at that. Perhaps the problem is that most people don't feel satisfied unless they are stuffed beyond belief with a doggie bag in hand. I wish more restaurants would serve sensible portions. We have eaten here 5 times and every time we leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Oh and one more thing, for all you overeaters out there, with gas being $3+ a gallon, you might want to eat less, sell the Hummer and go green..

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Until now. The bottom line is do NOT go here. Our Porcini experience was the most bizarre we have ever experienced & we dine out often. I assumed that people who mention fights with waiters on these review sites are generally volatile people, but we are a nice normal family. We?re shocked that this restaurant can still be open. The 2000 word limit prohibits me from writing about all of the problems we encountered- but trust me, there were a lot. I?ll just focus on the most unbelievable portion of the night. After the rude waiter had brought the wrong dish for my dad & tried to push it onto him, my dad looked around, noticed that 1 of our unopened bottles of wine was no longer in the ice behind us. Since the waiter hadn't been up in 10 minutes & my dad didn't have his food, he decided to go down to ask where the wine was. When he asked very politely in the downstairs main dining room, "Do you know where our wine is?" the waiter replied "YOUR cork broke," & asked "Do you have a problem with that?" My dad told him that he did considering that nothing had gone smoothly. In the middle of the dining room, the waiter started screaming at my father. When my dad left the dining room to go upstairs, he followed him out. We heard the waiter screaming expletives from upstairs. My mom had to run & get in the middle of them, because it looked like the guy was about to attack my dad. The guy's brother, the other owner (& chef) came out & defended him. Though the waiter never came over to apologize, just gave us death stares each time he entered the room, the chef brought us 3 mediocre desserts, then a 4th when he realized that 3small desserts weren?t enough for 8 people- a fine apology for a minor problem, but an experience like ours demanded much more. My father stiffed a waiter for the first time in his life. We left & saw the waiter storming down the stairs with our check in hand. He chased us out onto the street, yelling things, trying to provoke a physical fight.

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★☆☆☆☆

Until now. The bottom line is do NOT go here. Our Porcini experience was the most bizarre we have ever experienced & we dine out often. I assumed that people who mention fights with waiters on these review sites are generally volatile people, but we are a nice normal family. We?re shocked that this restaurant can still be open. The 2000 word limit prohibits me from writing about all of the problems we encountered- but trust me, there were a lot. I?ll just focus on the most unbelievable portion of the night. After the rude waiter had brought the wrong dish for my dad & tried to push it onto him, my dad looked around, noticed that 1 of our unopened bottles of wine was no longer in the ice behind us. Since the waiter hadn't been up in 10 minutes & my dad didn't have his food, he decided to go down to ask where the wine was. When he asked very politely in the downstairs main dining room, "Do you know where our wine is?" the waiter replied "YOUR cork broke," & asked "Do you have a problem with that?" My dad told him that he did considering that nothing had gone smoothly. In the middle of the dining room, the waiter started screaming at my father. When my dad left the dining room to go upstairs, he followed him out. We heard the waiter screaming expletives from upstairs. My mom had to run & get in the middle of them, because it looked like the guy was about to attack my dad. The guy's brother, the other owner (& chef) came out & defended him. Though the waiter never came over to apologize, just gave us death stares each time he entered the room, the chef brought us 3 mediocre desserts, then a 4th when he realized that 3small desserts weren?t enough for 8 people- a fine apology for a minor problem, but an experience like ours demanded much more. My father stiffed a waiter for the first time in his life. We left & saw the waiter storming down the stairs with our check in hand. He chased us out onto the street, yelling things, trying to provoke a physical fight.

Pros: decent food, byo

Cons: Atrocious service- crazy waiter

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No one should listen to any negative reviews of this restaurant. We had four people (two couples) and each of us ordered different items for appetizers and entrees, so we had a good sampling of everything. Every dish we had was delicious! The service was terrific and soooo friendly! It is a little crowded, but I think it makes it more fun....and it was very cool throughout the restaurant despite the amount of people in the space. I do wish the portions were a little bigger, but not b/c I left hungry, I think I'm just accustomed to taking some home....I was comfortably full. We had a great time, and I highly recommend it!

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★★★★★

No one should listen to any negative reviews of this restaurant. We had four people (two couples) and each of us ordered different items for appetizers and entrees, so we had a good sampling of everything. Every dish we had was delicious! The service was terrific and soooo friendly! It is a little crowded, but I think it makes it more fun....and it was very cool throughout the restaurant despite the amount of people in the space. I do wish the portions were a little bigger, but not b/c I left hungry, I think I'm just accustomed to taking some home....I was comfortably full. We had a great time, and I highly recommend it!

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Hey Terence I was your sever for the evening, I was just wondering why you would not tell the whole story, is it because you dont want to look bad. I just wish you would have wrote, why I gave your money back. I told you that you were rude, I was not showing loyalty. I didnt want any extra money from you, you complained that you wanted to be compensated for something..(your bill was $100 for 4 people to come drink your wine and have great quality food. "When the owner said no im sorry I cant compensate anything" you started to attack, saying that your service was ok and you werent really happy. I could tell that you four couldnt be satisfied since you had to wait (which we honored your reservation, we can not ensure that the people who ate before you would be finished precisley at the time your reservation was.) and the loud group was upstairs seperated from the dining area, that was just some place for you to be able to sit and open your wine during your short wait. I felt that you were uneasy so I wanted to make your table feel as comfortable as I could I felt I put forth quality service to your table and you bashed me when you werent happy with not getting a discount because you had to wait for a reservation that was honored though we can not rush people. I gave your money soley because you and your tables comments. Also you know that the owner asked how your service was and he did apologize for the wait, I guess he didn't know you were holding a grudge.

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★★★★★

Hey Terence I was your sever for the evening, I was just wondering why you would not tell the whole story, is it because you dont want to look bad. I just wish you would have wrote, why I gave your money back. I told you that you were rude, I was not showing loyalty. I didnt want any extra money from you, you complained that you wanted to be compensated for something..(your bill was $100 for 4 people to come drink your wine and have great quality food. "When the owner said no im sorry I cant compensate anything" you started to attack, saying that your service was ok and you werent really happy. I could tell that you four couldnt be satisfied since you had to wait (which we honored your reservation, we can not ensure that the people who ate before you would be finished precisley at the time your reservation was.) and the loud group was upstairs seperated from the dining area, that was just some place for you to be able to sit and open your wine during your short wait. I felt that you were uneasy so I wanted to make your table feel as comfortable as I could I felt I put forth quality service to your table and you bashed me when you werent happy with not getting a discount because you had to wait for a reservation that was honored though we can not rush people. I gave your money soley because you and your tables comments. Also you know that the owner asked how your service was and he did apologize for the wait, I guess he didn't know you were holding a grudge.

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Porcini is our go-to place when we want romance and good food. We had one of our first dates here and will always hold a good place in our hearts. The waiters are friendly; the owner visible and warm. The food is fantastic. The portions are perfect. You leave feeling satisfied, not stuffed. The people who complained about having no doggy bags should go back to the Olive Garden. I highly recommend the seafood risotto, which is a special. The best I ever had. The closeness of the tables gives the ambience of sitting in someones living room. Very cozy. Heed my advice and go try Porcini yourself. It will become your go-to place too!

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★★★★★

Porcini is our go-to place when we want romance and good food. We had one of our first dates here and will always hold a good place in our hearts. The waiters are friendly; the owner visible and warm. The food is fantastic. The portions are perfect. You leave feeling satisfied, not stuffed. The people who complained about having no doggy bags should go back to the Olive Garden. I highly recommend the seafood risotto, which is a special. The best I ever had. The closeness of the tables gives the ambience of sitting in someones living room. Very cozy. Heed my advice and go try Porcini yourself. It will become your go-to place too!

Pros: Ambience, Romantic

Cons: No reservations

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This is our first message. All four of us have experience in the restaurant/bar world. We had reservations for 9 PM and were escorted upstairs to wait. There was an INSANELY loud, raucous group of women, it felt like a club. The owner flirted with the women as they took promiscuous pictures of themselves. We could not converse amongst ourselves. It smelled like mold. We were told we would be seated at our table within minutes. After about a half an hour, we were seated in an unbelievably small, hot, crowded, loud dining room. We ordered four types of bruschetta, we got three. The ravioli that was supposed to contain arugula showed no real trace. No one asked how our meal was, no one apologized for the previous wait. No one offered us water. Upon receiving our check, we asked if it might be altered due to our unpleasant experience, and the owner/waiter/host became irate and ultimately told us not to come back. We did not want to stiff our main waitress on the tip, payed in full, and left an 18% tip, which she decided to refuse out of loyalty to this amazingly horrible restaurant and man. He reminded us all of a used car salesman.

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★★★☆☆

This is our first message. All four of us have experience in the restaurant/bar world. We had reservations for 9 PM and were escorted upstairs to wait. There was an INSANELY loud, raucous group of women, it felt like a club. The owner flirted with the women as they took promiscuous pictures of themselves. We could not converse amongst ourselves. It smelled like mold. We were told we would be seated at our table within minutes. After about a half an hour, we were seated in an unbelievably small, hot, crowded, loud dining room. We ordered four types of bruschetta, we got three. The ravioli that was supposed to contain arugula showed no real trace. No one asked how our meal was, no one apologized for the previous wait. No one offered us water. Upon receiving our check, we asked if it might be altered due to our unpleasant experience, and the owner/waiter/host became irate and ultimately told us not to come back. We did not want to stiff our main waitress on the tip, payed in full, and left an 18% tip, which she decided to refuse out of loyalty to this amazingly horrible restaurant and man. He reminded us all of a used car salesman.

Pros: Location, BYO, good cannoli

Cons: Owner/Host/Waiter, inability to hold a reservation, cramped space.

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I am completely surprised by all these negative reviews. After reading many of them, I am wondering if the critics might better find what they're looking for at an Olive Garden-esque establishment. I have been to Porcini a few times, most recently last month, and I've never experienced anything less than complete satisfaction. The owner is polite and genuinely interested in his customers' experience. The food is authentic Italian, made with fresh ingredients and prepared to perfection. I love that it is a BYOB and I have always found it to be quite romantic.

If you are considering a visit, I suggest you leave the children behind. The restaurant is small (not a complaint!) and children create distractions that would probably be better accomodated somewhere else.

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★★★★★

I am completely surprised by all these negative reviews. After reading many of them, I am wondering if the critics might better find what they're looking for at an Olive Garden-esque establishment. I have been to Porcini a few times, most recently last month, and I've never experienced anything less than complete satisfaction. The owner is polite and genuinely interested in his customers' experience. The food is authentic Italian, made with fresh ingredients and prepared to perfection. I love that it is a BYOB and I have always found it to be quite romantic.

If you are considering a visit, I suggest you leave the children behind. The restaurant is small (not a complaint!) and children create distractions that would probably be better accomodated somewhere else.

Pros: great food, intimate setting, great service

Cons: parking (hey-it's center city-what do you expect?), kids

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Don't waste your time and money! First of all, this restaurant is insanely small. The guests at the adjacent tables are no more than 12 inches away, and in our case it was less. The person at the end of our table had to keep his chair at an angle, otherwise he'd be in the lap of the woman seated behind him. We were kept waiting 20 minutes even though we had a reservation. They give you one tiny plate of olive oil (for a table of 5 people, in our case), which forces you to have a community oil plate.....during cold and flu season? I don't think so. Ditto for the dishes of grated parmesan, which are PASSED FROM TABLE TO TABLE. You don't get your own fresh dish for your table alone. The entrees themselves were unremarkable at best, and the servings are tiny. We felt cramped, rushed, a little grossed out, and were hungry later. I wouldn't go back there even if it were free.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't waste your time and money! First of all, this restaurant is insanely small. The guests at the adjacent tables are no more than 12 inches away, and in our case it was less. The person at the end of our table had to keep his chair at an angle, otherwise he'd be in the lap of the woman seated behind him. We were kept waiting 20 minutes even though we had a reservation. They give you one tiny plate of olive oil (for a table of 5 people, in our case), which forces you to have a community oil plate.....during cold and flu season? I don't think so. Ditto for the dishes of grated parmesan, which are PASSED FROM TABLE TO TABLE. You don't get your own fresh dish for your table alone. The entrees themselves were unremarkable at best, and the servings are tiny. We felt cramped, rushed, a little grossed out, and were hungry later. I wouldn't go back there even if it were free.

Pros: none

Cons: ludicrously small, noisy, unremarkable food

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The interior is cramped and plainly decorated, and with a group larger than 4 you can expect to wait quite a while. But with the consistently delicious food, varied menu and low prices, I will keep coming back over and over again. The waiters are very personable and come over to the table often, which some might find obtrusive, but I think it adds to the small, homey feel of the place.

2
★★★★☆

The interior is cramped and plainly decorated, and with a group larger than 4 you can expect to wait quite a while. But with the consistently delicious food, varied menu and low prices, I will keep coming back over and over again. The waiters are very personable and come over to the table often, which some might find obtrusive, but I think it adds to the small, homey feel of the place.

Pros: Fabulous food

Cons: Cramped space

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My husband and I went for dinner tonight. The waiter/owner is fake and overly intrusive during the meal, constantly hovering in the small room. We should have left when he brought out 2 flat Coke's and 2 pieces of stale, dry, white bread. He rationed the portions of dipping oil- never leaving it on the table, but periodically stopping by and drizzling a few drops on the plate. After waiting interminably and eating the stale bread from starvation, the owner brought out the 2 measliest, absurdly small dishes of ordinary pasta slopped with ordinary tomoto sauce and a couple of shrimp. The prices were absurd. When a box of pasta costs 99 cents, $17 for tiny and ordinary pasta dishes in a cramped, ugly room is unacceptable. We will never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I went for dinner tonight. The waiter/owner is fake and overly intrusive during the meal, constantly hovering in the small room. We should have left when he brought out 2 flat Coke's and 2 pieces of stale, dry, white bread. He rationed the portions of dipping oil- never leaving it on the table, but periodically stopping by and drizzling a few drops on the plate. After waiting interminably and eating the stale bread from starvation, the owner brought out the 2 measliest, absurdly small dishes of ordinary pasta slopped with ordinary tomoto sauce and a couple of shrimp. The prices were absurd. When a box of pasta costs 99 cents, $17 for tiny and ordinary pasta dishes in a cramped, ugly room is unacceptable. We will never go back.

Pros: non

Cons: bad service, stale food, EXPENSIVE

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I don't recommend this one. The food is expensive and not worth the cost. Portions are relatively small and are somewhat bland. It's a BYOB so that part is good, but the whole experience is less than worthy of a letter home.

2
★★☆☆☆

I don't recommend this one. The food is expensive and not worth the cost. Portions are relatively small and are somewhat bland. It's a BYOB so that part is good, but the whole experience is less than worthy of a letter home.

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Been back to Porcini recently and still enjoyed the fresh flavors and good Italian food.
Thanks

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★★★★☆

Been back to Porcini recently and still enjoyed the fresh flavors and good Italian food.
Thanks

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Parking, Too tight

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This is my favorite BYO in the rittenhouse area! The service is always warm and inviting. The food is excellent. The owners have gone out of their way to make special nights truly memorable. I have and will continue to recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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★★★★★

This is my favorite BYO in the rittenhouse area! The service is always warm and inviting. The food is excellent. The owners have gone out of their way to make special nights truly memorable. I have and will continue to recommend this restaurant to anyone!

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: can get loud, wait on the weekends

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Porcini delivered the most appalling service I have ever experienced, with rude staff & management. The menu was limited & unimaginative. All of this is packaged in a cramped, uncomfortable space. I would not reccommend Porcini to my worst enemy.

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★☆☆☆☆

Porcini delivered the most appalling service I have ever experienced, with rude staff & management. The menu was limited & unimaginative. All of this is packaged in a cramped, uncomfortable space. I would not reccommend Porcini to my worst enemy.

Cons: Rude, Limited Menu, Microscopic Space

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Great warm and cozy atmosphere. However, the menu is somewhat 'typical' as in the bruscetta, insalata, pollos etc. Not much meat or seafood selections. I do think the food is very fresh and light - which is necessary in this city.

2
★★★★☆

Great warm and cozy atmosphere. However, the menu is somewhat 'typical' as in the bruscetta, insalata, pollos etc. Not much meat or seafood selections. I do think the food is very fresh and light - which is necessary in this city.

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I had the most surreal and offensive restaraunt experience at Porcini. After equestin 2 appetizers for dinner, the waiter refused. I expressed my dissatisfaction, then ordered an entree. Another waiter followed up with a combative response defending the policy. After saying that I did not wish to discuss the matter, we were asked to leave. I am a small girl who is often asked to speak up, and never would have imagined that I would ever be thrown out or a bar or restaraunt. We happily picked up our bottle of wine and went to a better BYO with good food, service, and adequate space. Porcini showed us nightmarish service, a limited menu (only 1 meat & 1 fish option), and cramped room where we were continutally bumped & unable to hear our own discussion. I would never advocate Porcini to any individual.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I had the most surreal and offensive restaraunt experience at Porcini. After equestin 2 appetizers for dinner, the waiter refused. I expressed my dissatisfaction, then ordered an entree. Another waiter followed up with a combative response defending the policy. After saying that I did not wish to discuss the matter, we were asked to leave. I am a small girl who is often asked to speak up, and never would have imagined that I would ever be thrown out or a bar or restaraunt. We happily picked up our bottle of wine and went to a better BYO with good food, service, and adequate space. Porcini showed us nightmarish service, a limited menu (only 1 meat & 1 fish option), and cramped room where we were continutally bumped & unable to hear our own discussion. I would never advocate Porcini to any individual.

Cons: , Cramped, Limited Menu

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We were promised a table after a 40 minute wait. 80+ minutes later we were seated by a fresh owner. 10 minutes later we were offered water. The menu is unimaginative--pasta and poultry except for specials--and the food is average. This was my first trip back in three years and it reminded my why I had not been back sooner--too loud, boring food, poor service, long wait. Bisto la Baia and Bistro la Viola, both of which take reservations have far superior menus and service.

1
★★☆☆☆

We were promised a table after a 40 minute wait. 80+ minutes later we were seated by a fresh owner. 10 minutes later we were offered water. The menu is unimaginative--pasta and poultry except for specials--and the food is average. This was my first trip back in three years and it reminded my why I had not been back sooner--too loud, boring food, poor service, long wait. Bisto la Baia and Bistro la Viola, both of which take reservations have far superior menus and service.

Cons: , average food

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We rented out the second floor for our rehearsal dinner, and LOVED it. The owner worked with us to serve a great, relaxing meal with lots of shared plates that was a great way to kick off our marriage.

We go back for all our special occasions, and the owner is always sweet and attentive.

I can't say enough good things about Porcini.

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★★★★★

We rented out the second floor for our rehearsal dinner, and LOVED it. The owner worked with us to serve a great, relaxing meal with lots of shared plates that was a great way to kick off our marriage.

We go back for all our special occasions, and the owner is always sweet and attentive.

I can't say enough good things about Porcini.

Pros: inexpensive, excellent food

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this is a great place, especially on an off-night. The place is so crowded, you feel like you are sitting on the next table's lap.

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★★★★★

this is a great place, especially on an off-night. The place is so crowded, you feel like you are sitting on the next table's lap.

Pros: Food

Cons: Cramped

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I was with a group of 24 people at Porcini's last week. We rented the entire second floor to celebrate a friend's birthday. The owner and his brother were very helpful in setting it up, helping pour drinks, etc. However, it got interesting...

Our group was having a great time and switched seating after the appetizer in order to allow everyone to meet each other. The owner came out with the entrees and freaked out. When one of the ladies in our party told him not to worry, that we'd hand the dishes to the right people, he snapped at her and brought the room to silence.

He did finally apologize an hour later, but he unnecessarily brought awkwardness to the party and he lost 24 people's business for good.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was with a group of 24 people at Porcini's last week. We rented the entire second floor to celebrate a friend's birthday. The owner and his brother were very helpful in setting it up, helping pour drinks, etc. However, it got interesting...

Our group was having a great time and switched seating after the appetizer in order to allow everyone to meet each other. The owner came out with the entrees and freaked out. When one of the ladies in our party told him not to worry, that we'd hand the dishes to the right people, he snapped at her and brought the room to silence.

He did finally apologize an hour later, but he unnecessarily brought awkwardness to the party and he lost 24 people's business for good.

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Honestly, this tiny restaurant is the size of my old dorm room, But that doesn't change the fact the food prepared here is wonderful. While my girlfriend appreciated the numerous vegetarian/non-red-meat choices on the menu, I (a devout carnivore) dissappointedly chose the chicken pomodoro. My dissappointment over the lack of red meat on the menu was uncalled for, as it turned out. The chicken breasts were perfectly cooked and the exotic mushrooms added a unique flavor to the dish. All items on the menu are reasonably priced, save for the smallish cannolis. The owner is responsive and very knowlegable. A group of ~15 was celebrating a birthday while we were there, and they had perhaps 7 bottles of wine on the table... so, the reviewer's comment on being chased out for opening a 4th bottle leaves me suspicious of his story. Overall, very pleased with Porcini.

2
★★★★☆

Honestly, this tiny restaurant is the size of my old dorm room, But that doesn't change the fact the food prepared here is wonderful. While my girlfriend appreciated the numerous vegetarian/non-red-meat choices on the menu, I (a devout carnivore) dissappointedly chose the chicken pomodoro. My dissappointment over the lack of red meat on the menu was uncalled for, as it turned out. The chicken breasts were perfectly cooked and the exotic mushrooms added a unique flavor to the dish. All items on the menu are reasonably priced, save for the smallish cannolis. The owner is responsive and very knowlegable. A group of ~15 was celebrating a birthday while we were there, and they had perhaps 7 bottles of wine on the table... so, the reviewer's comment on being chased out for opening a 4th bottle leaves me suspicious of his story. Overall, very pleased with Porcini.

Pros: wonderful food, enthusistic owner

Cons: cramped / noisey

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My husband and I go to Porcini for every special event - it is our favorite Italian restaurant. I have never found the owner to be anything less than professional, charming, and engaging. He sets the tone for a great dining experience. We have moved to the NJ suburbs and we continue to go to Porcini whenever we want a meal we are guaranteed to enjoy.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I go to Porcini for every special event - it is our favorite Italian restaurant. I have never found the owner to be anything less than professional, charming, and engaging. He sets the tone for a great dining experience. We have moved to the NJ suburbs and we continue to go to Porcini whenever we want a meal we are guaranteed to enjoy.

Pros: excellent food, great people/owners, reasonably priced

Cons: no reservations

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Too noisy and a bit cramped. While the overall quality of the food was excellent, value is questionable. $6 for a caesar salad too small to share and $17 for spagetti and sausage is a bit steep. No one left with a doggy bag. By the way...parking is an issue.

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★★★☆☆

Too noisy and a bit cramped. While the overall quality of the food was excellent, value is questionable. $6 for a caesar salad too small to share and $17 for spagetti and sausage is a bit steep. No one left with a doggy bag. By the way...parking is an issue.

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Eating the food at Porcini really reminds me of meals I ate in Italy. It is pretty authentic Italian. The kitchen relies on simple fresh ingredients prepared very well. Yes, the restaurant does not take reservations, it is extremely small, the tables are cramped, the decibel level is extremely high and you will get to know your dining neighbor quite well. If any of this bothers you, do not go. Personally, none of that bothers me if the food is good, and it is.

Some of the reviewers mentioned the rudeness of the owner/host/waiter. I have been here 3 times and have never witnessed any of the described behavior. In fact, I thought he was quite pleasant and outgoing. Maybe he was having a really, really bad night when those other reviewers visited, although that doesn't excuse chasing a customer out of the restaurant!

2
★★★★☆

Eating the food at Porcini really reminds me of meals I ate in Italy. It is pretty authentic Italian. The kitchen relies on simple fresh ingredients prepared very well. Yes, the restaurant does not take reservations, it is extremely small, the tables are cramped, the decibel level is extremely high and you will get to know your dining neighbor quite well. If any of this bothers you, do not go. Personally, none of that bothers me if the food is good, and it is.

Some of the reviewers mentioned the rudeness of the owner/host/waiter. I have been here 3 times and have never witnessed any of the described behavior. In fact, I thought he was quite pleasant and outgoing. Maybe he was having a really, really bad night when those other reviewers visited, although that doesn't excuse chasing a customer out of the restaurant!

Pros: Authentic Italian, Good Value, BYOB

Cons: Crowded and Small, Noisy, No reservation taken

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This restaurant is a little slice of Italy away from Europe. The food is fantastic, and the service and atmosphere frenetic.

Note that there's no bookings, so plan to have a drink nearby somewhere while you wait for a table.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is a little slice of Italy away from Europe. The food is fantastic, and the service and atmosphere frenetic.

Note that there's no bookings, so plan to have a drink nearby somewhere while you wait for a table.

Pros: BYOB

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There's no room for in-between reactions: a party of 10 takes up half the restaurant. Either you like being with a bunch of happy, animated, talking diners or you prefer more personal space and quiet. I suspect the latter's dismay at conditions affects their opinion of the food.

2
★★★★★

There's no room for in-between reactions: a party of 10 takes up half the restaurant. Either you like being with a bunch of happy, animated, talking diners or you prefer more personal space and quiet. I suspect the latter's dismay at conditions affects their opinion of the food.

Pros: Excellent food, Very reasonable, BYOB!

Cons: Only 1 waitperson

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Coming from Berlin, Germany which has quite a variety of Italian restaurants at all standards, this one has certainly exceeded my expectations. Despite the fact that it could certainly use more room, the food was absolutely fabulous, from the starters right up to the dessert. And I did not find the owner crazy, quite the contrary he was very very nice.

2
★★★★★

Coming from Berlin, Germany which has quite a variety of Italian restaurants at all standards, this one has certainly exceeded my expectations. Despite the fact that it could certainly use more room, the food was absolutely fabulous, from the starters right up to the dessert. And I did not find the owner crazy, quite the contrary he was very very nice.

Pros: great pasta, great starters, byob

Cons: a little crowded

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I went to Porcini's for my birthday and we borught a few bottles of wine. There were 10 of us and we asked for a forth bottle to be opened. the owner told us no, we weren't allowed. I confronted the owner/host/waiter and he fought with me and my friends. We left and he chased us out on the street yelling at us!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Porcini's for my birthday and we borught a few bottles of wine. There were 10 of us and we asked for a forth bottle to be opened. the owner told us no, we weren't allowed. I confronted the owner/host/waiter and he fought with me and my friends. We left and he chased us out on the street yelling at us!

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You'll find everything you need---other than elbow room---at this family-owned Italian, where chef Steve Sansone keeps it real in the kitchen. Bring an Italian wine, and enjoy the savory simplicity of good prosciutto and baby greens…

 

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