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 people there and our night was ruined. Horrible service. We arrived on time, sat alone for 1/2 an hour and then were told to hurry because it was getting late! I never complained about the service but the owner screamed at me when I wanted to pay with a card. The liar told me we "had an agreement on a cash deal". TOTAL LIE - I never made such a statement. Waste of money. Food and awful atmosphere not worth any expense. Go to one of Vetri's places and have a wonderful evening in a professional atmosphere.
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
Authentic Gourmet Italian. 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!
The right portions, the right atmosphere. 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.
Staff publicly humiliated me and my friends.
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.
A Great First Dining Experience in Philly.. 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.
Owner is crazy!! Avoid this place at all costs!.
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.
Great hidden gem. 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.
Best Italian Food EVER!.
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+++++++++++++++++++++
With so many outstanding Italian BYOB's in Philadelphia, don't waste your time and money at Porcini.. 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.
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