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Hostaria Antica Roma

via Appia Antica 87, 00179 Rome, Italy
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Ranked #302 of 7,961 restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $28 - $98
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: One of the most unusual place to eat in the world...a mausoleum of 2000 years ago...
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508 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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Saint-Emilion, France
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Disappointedly trudging in traffic along the old Appian Way we arrived at the gates to this place at lunchtime. Absolutely empty ... but we were tired and thirsty. The young owner(umpteenth generation of the family) emeged from nowhere and served us some unusual 'antique recipe' dishes with a gluggable bottle or so. All very chilled out, and gradually more(local) clients... More

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Englewood, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This was an amazing surprise. We were taken there by our tour guide Max and the food was fantastic. We loved the decorations inside. A mix of old stone walls and a Harley biker jacket.. The outdoor area looks beautiful but it was too cold to sit outside. I can not wait to return on a sunny day. The tiramisu... More

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Singapore, Singapore
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This is a wonderful, historic restaurant. The chef/owner is very accommodating. He prepares authentic Roman dishes and if you ask for something he usually doesn't serve, he is very obliging. I highly recommend this restaurant. I am so happy our tour guide suggested we eat lunch here.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We first experienced the Hostaria Antica Roma while on a private tour; our tour guide brought us here for lunch and it was one of the highlights of our day. First, the restaurant itself is literally set in an over 2000 year-old cemetery. The outdoor area of the restaurant is beautiful and I can imagine that in the summertime it... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

WOW!!!!! Fell in love with the pictures of this restaurant and we were not disappointed! On arrival we were met by Paolo, who gave us a tour and history of the beautiful gardens before he kindly offered to take photos of us and then left us to explore. As we finished surveying this beautiful location we found Paolo waiting with... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

When visiting Rome be sure to have at least one meal at this place. It is well worth a taxi ride to Appia Attica. Owned by an Italiano vero - Paolo and his family - it is one of a kind. We were a group of 5, it was an amazing September evening... After being greeted by Paolo and seated... More

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Rome, Italy
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504 reviews 504 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

Yes, we like this place. Summer months is the best dinning in the Basilca ruins but even winter indoor seating is cozy and warm. Paolo and his dad do a great job greating everyone and serving their "Imperial Roma" delicasies. Try their lasagna! And the lamb! And...eveything. Just go and enjoy a good meal in a very rustic Roman setting.... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

everything we tried was perfectly cooked. loved watching the waiters' technique of mixing the pasta with the sauce. highly recommended. don't forget to reserve in advance!

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Los Altos
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by our Italian tour guide and it is outstanding. It is located on the Appian Way (Via Appia). The people are very friendly, service is great and the food is wonderful. We enjoyed it all!

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Just had dinner at the Hostaria Antica Roma. Paolo was there, as was his father. We walked from the nearby catacombs and got there 1.5 hours before they opened. Paolo set us up with some nice red wine, and told us lots of great stories until they opened. The location is a bit eerie but Augustus and Livia Iit's a... More

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