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“Lovely setting, Average Meal” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Piperno

Piperno
Monte de' Cenci 9, Rome, Italy
39 06 68.80.66.29
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Ranked #1,299 of 8,759 Restaurants in Rome
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Madison
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Lovely setting, Average Meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We had a nice lunch sitting outside in a quiet, pretty location. The artichokes alla guida were tasty, but maybe a little too greasy. My husband's lamb dish was tough, chewy and pretty flavorless. My gnocchi was very good, but not what I ordered. I know the restaurant is an institution, but I enjoyed the experience of their beautiful outdoor dining more than the food.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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sf
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A classic gem in Rome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

If you gravitate toward classicism and tradition Piperno will satisfy immensely. This is a restaurant that has confidence in its style, its cuisine, its service. One gets the feeling that nothing has changed here for decades and in that there is great comfort. The preparations are simple, straightforward and impeccably done. A recent meal began with sensational, savory deep fried artichokes (a case can be made the best in Rome), followed by utterly perfect linguine with clams, and then sweet fresh simply grilled large scampi. Each course was exactly what it should be. Waiters are dressed in white and the owner was in constant motion around the room greeting regulars. This will go on my 'musts" list for Rome.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kiev, Ukraine
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764 reviews 764 reviews
413 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 251 cities Reviews in 251 cities
1,212 helpful votes 1,212 helpful votes
“very traditional & very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This is a very traditional restaurant located near the synagogue (but not Kosher). It's really 100% of what I expect when it comes to 'traditional', the interior, the waiters and the food (no experiments).

We had the mixed starters which were just fantastic (stuffed zucchini flowers, fried artichokes etc.) and a bacalao. This was already a lot - but we already ordered our main courses. I had the Trippa a la Romana - which were 'ok', but not more. Our friend ordered the Ravioli with Trippa and I've to say it was FANTASTIC. The combination of Ravioli with the stronger taste of Trippa makes it the perfect 'meat'. As dessert we took the 'grandfather balls' - WOW!!!

Come hungry, because the food is very heavy - but excellent!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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137 reviews 137 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We were looking forward to the “definitive” artichokes alla giudia which have long been a specialty of Piperno and which we had had many years ago here. They were unimpressive this time. So were our two main courses. We had the lamb sweatbreads with artichoke and the lamb stew (agnello in umido) with potatoes. Both were indifferently prepared and tired; they seem to have been reheated from yesterday’s leftovers.

Almost all of the customers were Americans comparing notes on their cookie-cutter Rome-Florence-Venice tours. Meanwhile the staff stood around looking bored. This place has gone way downhill, and we will not be back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Disappointing and expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Reading the reviews on this site we were excited to enjoy a traditional Italian meal at Piperno on our last night of our stay in Rome. Sadly, it didn't meet our expectations. Even though the décor said 'high end' the food didn't meet the standards. The fried artichokes were good but not as good as others we've found elsewhere. My spaghetti with clams was fine but we've definitely had better.The gnocchi wasn't as good as some we had at Cave Canem. In addition, we felt alternatively watched and rushed as we ate. For a meal that cost 2x previous meals in Rome, we definitely didn't have 2x the enjoyment of the experience.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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