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“Tourist trap!?!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Grotta Amatriciana

La Grotta Amatriciana
Via Principe Amadeo, 1/C, 00100 Rome, Italy (Castro Pretorio)
064882853
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Ranked #3,533 of 8,711 Restaurants in Rome
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Castro Pretorio
Hong Kong
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Tourist trap!?!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Its proximity to the termini train station as well as the many hotels in that area is very convenient to tourists indeed. The food is generally good though you may have to wait a bit. The restaurant's based in a basement cellar, interesting & cozy. Just we were told that we gotta pay for a surcharge because we'd bread and wouldn't have to pay if we didn't. Then on the next day (we actually preferred to revisit another restaurant but unfortunately others were closed) we were billed for the same surcharge when we didn't have bread, which was only served to us when we were halfway through our main course and we turned down. We were in a hurry to the airport so we paid and didn't argue. We were, however, very upset not because of the monetary amount involved but the dishonesty of the owner. Why would you bother to explain to your customers about the bread charge and acted as if it's fair when you would charge regardless?

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Thanks for finishing off a day in Rome nicely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Well we stupidly fell into the tourist trap of going to a pizzeria next to the termini. The food was bland and staff rude and my mate had some metal in his pizza. After we got back from our escapades for the day we came across this place. Not wanting to be screwed again I hesitantly walked down the stairs, after a recommendation from a person coming out of the restaurant...very glad we did!

Greeted with a smile we were sat in lovely surroundings. The wine was served quickly and was excellent. After some discussions with one or the waiters (perhaps owner) over the food, we were recommended two pasta dishes. This was lovely fresh pasta and put a nice end to our stay. Great work guys! We recommended you to the group outside who were hovering to which they went in.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hod Ha Sharon
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Avoid. (Slow service. Sub-par food. High prices)”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We went in following the advice of one of our hotel attendants who asked us to tell them she sent us. The restaurant is based in a cellar that is decorated to look like a grotto. As we sat there and waited and waited and waited for our food we began feeling like prisoners. Looking around us we saw that the feeling was shared. The slow time to serve was followed by tasteless soup, bad tasting pasta our children were served ( one of them got a stomach flu afterwards and this was his only meal before... ) veal escalope in mushroom that swam in what tasted like mushroom soup made from instant mix and a medium tasting Roman chicken (that was cold in the inside).
The staff were very friendly but could not counter the slow service, bad tasting food and cheesy classical music that sounded like it was taken from "best elevator music 1972".

The only thing that made this bearable was big TV they set up ( probably because of the need to compensate from the slow service ) that had a bloopers show that the kids enjoyed.

The price was similar to what we paid for in GREAT restaurants and the whole affair felt like a mistake. This was actually our last meal in Rome after 5 days of great food and we really wanted to enjoy ourselves but we could not.

To make a long story short, follow the advice in the title. Simply avoid.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good location, excellent food at reasonable prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I've eaten here several times over the years and never been disappointed. It's a little hidden, as it's a small entry down to the 'Grotto' just past the Star Hotel. Good range of food and the prices are good, compared to the main tourist areas. Only a few moments walk from Termini station. Very friendly service and attentive - even though there was an important footer match on the tv!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great little late night find near Termini”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Was surprised to learn that many restaurants in Rome close at around 11pm on Monday, so we decided to roam the streets in hopes of finding something to eat! Stumbled across this place, great food (we've had a few shockers in Rome) very friendly service and good prices. Best part, we sat down at 11:40pm, and they were happy to serve us graciously!

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