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“Do not miss going to this lovely restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Desiderio Preso Per La Coda

Il Desiderio Preso Per La Coda
Vicolo della Palomba 23, 00186 Rome, Italy
06-6830-7522
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Ranked #1,917 of 8,759 Restaurants in Rome
Price range: $9 - $49
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
New York City, New York
1 review
“Do not miss going to this lovely restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Really warm, characterful restaurant with excellent food and a great range of good value wines.
Near Piazza Navona but away from the usual tourists' restaurants!
Highly recommended, given smallish number of tables might want to book. One of the cheapest place I ate in Rome. Wonderful!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lot et Garonne
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105 reviews 105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“No tourists (except us)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

Tucked away just behind the government offices in the Piazza Navona area, this was the most delightful find of our trip. It's a tiny family run restaurant with an original local menu. We ate lunch there from a set menu. Starter was an aubergines, tomatoes, capers, onions and tomatoes like ratatouille, serve with a soft baked curd cheese. The main course was white fish (perch?) smothered with grated courgettes and served with potatoes in parsley and a salad. Simple and delicious. It was the cheapest place we ate and it was very popular with the local office staff in their lunch hour. Not a tourist in sight which meant we had an hilarious time trying to decipher the menu, with the owner who was trying to help us out by using a phrase book. A true taste of Roman food and hospitality.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“recommended”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

A bit unusual for the area: nice atmosphere, good food, well priced. It is well hidden but it is worth the effort.
The service was very good, the food is very good and original, nicely presented.
I will probably return there

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food

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“Cute, great food, inexpensive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

A bit hard to find, but worth the effort. Imaginative cuisine. Simple but charming setting.
Friendly service. Artsy. Of course, the important thing is the food. It is great--and pretty hard to find good food at these prices 2 blocks from Piazza Navona. (Even harder to find a restaurant in the area where the clientele speaks Italian, not English or Russian....)

Had a substantial lentil soup, with pieces of roasted chestnut that added an intriguing flavor and a welcome crunchiness to a good Italian lentil soup. Great Winter fare. A thinly sliced roasted veal in a beautifully flavored red wine sauce was my lucky choice for a second course. My wife's fish in aluminum foil was excellent too: moist with the pungency of olives serving as a foil for the simple pure flavor of white fish. The "pinzimonio di frutte" desert was emblematic of the style and quality of the place: pieces of pear, banana and pineapple surrounding a small dish with dark chocolate sauce. Instead of dipping raw vegetables in olive oil (the classic pinzimonio) one dips fruit in chocolate. Fun.

The tab for two with 2 glasses of wine was about 60 euro.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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