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La Dispensa dei Mellini

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Lungo Tevere Dei Mellini 31/32, 00193 Rome, Italy
+39 06 3212633
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Atmospheric Italian restaurant

We arrived at the tiny La Dispensa without a reservation a few minutes before eight on a Tuesday evening. The restaurant was empty and we were given a table - within minutes the place was full! The lighting was subdued, with jazz playing in the background and retro decor. The Italian menu was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
hmostlyharmless
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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  • Late Night
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

We arrived at the tiny La Dispensa without a reservation a few minutes before eight on a Tuesday evening. The restaurant was empty and we were given a table - within minutes the place was full! The lighting was subdued, with jazz playing in the background and retro decor. The Italian menu was explained to us by a friendly, efficient... More 

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Brussel
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My review will not be very much different from the others here. This is one of the best Italian restaurants I have ever been in. Typical Italian food, not the pizza and spaghetti stuff. Very cosy interior, very friendly staff, the house wine is simply good and affordable. Everything is really super okay. We were very sorry to find out... More 

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Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We had a fabulous dinner here! Loved everything from the ambience to the jazz music and lighting! Both the salads that we ordered were fantastic! The mains of seared tuna and steak were amazing as well. Compliments to the chef! Menu is all in Italian, but the very sweet waitress helps with that. Would definetly go back and recommned!

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Bisbee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

I cant really add to the other reviews, cute restaurant and nice staff. An excellent chef who seems to be a rising star. The seared tuna plate and the oxtail ragu fettuccine were great. This is really a non touristy "dispensa". Remember tipping is optional as for most waiters this is their career choice ,a small tip?

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Bucharest, Romania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Went here two times because it was close to our accommodation. One night we only had some wine, they have some good selections at 16-20 EUR a bottle. The service was nice and the place wasn't crowded (went in a Monday, at about 10 PM). Liked the service and the jazz music playing in the background. We also asked for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

What a wonderful small restaurant. Very nice waitress, translated all the meals, written in Italian on a Board. I was the only tourist there, all others where locals. Fantastic food, well prepared and the best Tiramisu , i have ever eaten

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Rome, Italy
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I have been there several times for dinner, and I've always had a good experience. It's a place you don't notice from outside, in a location along a fast Lungotevere, so you don't bump into it by chance, although within walking distance of the city center. But it is worth a visit. The menu is quite simple, but original, and... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

Cosy and comfortable with a rustic character this small restaurant was a delightful find. Inside it is small but not cramped. The service is friendly and only outdone by the quality of the food. A charming and laid back atmosphere serves up a great end to a hectic day of sightseeing.

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Bucharest
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I spent a few days in Rome recently and, although not a fan of big crowded cities, i thought Rome should offer at least the pleasure of good dining and nice coffees. To be honest, i found it a little hard to be impressed by the restaurants and i thought to look a bit. I read a bit about this... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

this is a lovely place , very local, absolutely delicious homemade food, very typical Roman with great friendly service and at the right price. no tourists in sight! just perfect. every dish we had was fantastic. menu changes daily.

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  • Address: Lungo Tevere Dei Mellini 31/32, 00193 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome
  • Phone Number: +39 06 3212633

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