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“Good but under the initial expectations” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Trattoria: Il Ponentino

Trattoria: Il Ponentino
Piazza del Drago 10 | Trastevere, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Ranked #4,943 of 8,759 Restaurants in Rome
Price range: $21 - $28
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Aalborg, Denmark
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good but under the initial expectations”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

The place has a very nice layout, in the area of Trastevere, it looks very genuine. You can eat outside, though the table are very close to each other and if you get a smoker close to you it is like smoking yourself. Inside there is a large area with antipasti, very inviting, we found this place by chance in the afternoon, looking for a place for a beer. We had a beer and a very nice "supplí di riso". Perhaps the very "simpatica" waiter (perhaps she was the owner) encouraged us to come back the day after. We had gnocchi, they were not too bad, but certainly not memorable. Tiramisú was finished. I did not like the waiter (another one, less simpatico) making fun of a solitary asian tourist that did not understand a word of what he was proposing and eat whatever he was given.

Visited March 2013
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Eat here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Found this restaurant by chance, lovely friendly staff, excellent food, great value for money. Ate here a second time two nights later and although very busy, still had excellent service and food.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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“Cramped”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

It was very busy and unfortunately my wife and i were taken downstairs to be seated. The table positioned my wife exactly in the way of the waiters moving into the room. It felt all very impersonal as they tried to squeeze everyone in. Positives include quick service and good price, but we will not be eating there again.

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good 3 course meal for a tenner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We just bumped into this restaurant after a long walk from Trevi fountain and across the bridge into Trastrevere, a pleasant chap offered the meal deal of a drink with a starter, a main and dessert which sounded great and my family of 4 thoroughly enjoyed. The bill was only 40 euros! Great choice of mains, good portions, would visit again if in the area.

  • Visited March 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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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“I've never rated anything this low”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I suppose this little restaurant has become a victim of its' own success. On the outside it looks like the perfect little diner, bistro, cafe restaurant, Just how a romantic little streetside cafe should be, The problem seems to be that it has become so popular that too many people are visiting and they don't have the means to accommodate. As a consequence, their standards of service and quility have dropped. Whilst we were there one customer was in heavy dispute as their order was wrong and we heard others having to complain about some aspect of their service. Our own experience wasn't too brilliant either, A seafood Rissoto should contain some fish, not just clams. Perhaps I have grown use to commercal lasagne but I thought it was supposed to be hot and contain some mince meat of sorts. I would have found more meat in a vegetarian menu, And it would have been hot - not straight from the refrigerator. All that was amiss with this restaurant seemed to be due to the proprietors trying to cater for too many when they don't appear to have the resource to cope.The toilets were scruffy - obviously no one to check them regularly. (over the years I have come to believe that you can tell how well a place is looked after by the standard of their toilets, if the rotten jobs are done well - the rest is too and the inverse is true!) if you are thinking of visiting this establishment make sure it is not at their busiest time,(though despite their poor ratings they still attract a lot of clientelle) I would strongly suspect that when they do have the time they can produce a really good service. Alas, not for us on the occasion of our visit

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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