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Trattoria: Il Ponentino

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Piazza del Drago 10 | Trastevere, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good - but could improve

We enjoyed our food, and found the house wine pleasant (both on taste and price) - service could do with improving, but is well worth a watch. Think the waiter needs a few people skills, but certainly didn't spoil our experience there. If we go back to Rome, we would certainly return to this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Stopped by because there was a crowd and saw it was listed on trip advisor. We figured all of the people must have meant good things. The food was okay and very cheap! But the service we had made me eager to get the bill... We were seated and no one came to great us for 15+ minutes. We ordered... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our food, and found the house wine pleasant (both on taste and price) - service could do with improving, but is well worth a watch. Think the waiter needs a few people skills, but certainly didn't spoil our experience there. If we go back to Rome, we would certainly return to this restaurant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

we came here for a late Sunday lunch. The place was packed and the staff were clearly stressed. Therefore the service was not good; we had to wait a long time to be served and to get the bill and there was no service with a smile. The food was good and as expected; we had a carbonarra, a gnocchi... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon Il Ponentino after a long day of sightseeing, excited to eat in the Trastevere neighborhood. However, the saying that you can't find a bad place to eat in Rome didn't hold true. The rigatoni with meat sauce was overly salted, with miniature bones of gristle throughout. The lamb chops were highly fatty and lacking basic seasoning and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Went there for lunch on our sight seeing tour through Rome. While the restaurant seem very inviting and cosy from outside, the service does not reflect that. The waiter we had was very unfriendly and obviously annoyed that he had to serve us. The family that was seated behind us even left shortly after they ordered their drink. The food... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

We had our last dinner there. There are positive and negative things about this place. The food was not bad at all. We ate seafood and pizza it was nice. The house wine was bad but we could have bottled wine for reasonable price so it was ok. It was a little bit cold inside and the waitress was rude.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is what is called "touristic place". Well located in a corner of a beautiful square in Trastevere and attracts tourists with quiet moderate prices. Though quality of food is absolutelly below any standards - that was the worst meal we had during our 4 days stay in Rome (I do compare this place with the places of the same... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Two things to recommend this place 1. Non-stop service, which is how we ended up there after plans for Sunday pranzo ran late 2. Reasonable prices. We had a fixed price meal: primo, secondo, contorno, dolce and water, then added a bottle of wine and an antipasto. I'm not a cook, but a bicycle mechanic, so when a dish in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The best food in whole Rome the very good prices with the very very good portions the spaghetti al dente, the pizza magnifica and delicious, the tiramisù lovely and beautiful. In one word "excellence ". Everybody have to go there to enjoy a very good food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

For a fast, inexpensive, delicious and healthy lunch, choose from il Ponentino's wide array of vegetable dishes, all of which are prepared with care, in the Roman style. This is an utterly un-fancy joint, but during my week in Trastevere, it became my daily lunchtime destination. And, after your meal, don't forget to get a bag of cookies, to go.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Piazza del Drago 10 | Trastevere, 00153 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Trastevere
  • Neighborhood: Trastevere

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 28

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Neighborhood Profile
Trastevere
Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.