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“An "institution"” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Romana

Romana
Rue de Vermont 37, Geneva 1202, Switzerland
022 734-82-86
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Geneva, Switzerland
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55 restaurant reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“An "institution"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The thing you need to know about the Romana is that it is in the heart of "United Nations" land, with UNHCR, ITU, WIPO etc all nearby. So, if you girls want to date an international civil servant, this could be a place to pull .... then again, maybe not. For years I have gone to Romana for after work drinks. The good thing is that once they get to know you, you get free pizzas to help get the drinks down you. At one point the piazzola fell in love with me and would send out heart shaped pizzas - which sadly are just as fattening as the round ones - my love handles grew due to many a calorie consumed here. I have always found the service to be good, the prices reasonable and the food average to good.

To give an example, there is a great pizza with gorgonzola. Very tasty. Just make sure you take a litre of water to bed with you as I find the salt content keeps me awake thirsty all night.

In the past we have also reserved the "back" room for events. It isn't spectacularly beautiful, just plain and functional. The restaurant has always been very helpful when arranging events at the Romana.

So, after-work drinks are perfect here - especially in summer when you can enjoy the terrace. For dinner, it's also good but I prefer it during the week than at the weekend - it just seems to have more people and a better atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food, quick friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I have eaten here a few times while on business in Geneva, food is always good and service is generally fast and efficient. Prices are about right for this city. Free Wi-Fi is also available for all customers.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Save your money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

We went for dinner on a Saturday night. The food had no taste, the spicy oil tasted and looked more like water than actual oil... I love Italian food but anyone could cook a better meal.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Romana italian”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This is an average quailty and priced Italian Restaurant. Mostly is visited by United Nations and NGO employees. Close by the UN, WIPO, ITU, UNHCR, CICR, etc.

Visited October 2012
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Bern, Switzerland
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“Unpleasant experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

I've rarely experienced such an impolite and rude service!

A colleague and I were there just before noon, drinking a coffe and looking forward to a snack. No problem that the Romana does not serve before 11.30am. However, my question whether they have a bruschetta (an italian dish!) or similar was answered with a cool "we have what's on the menu..." - and the Restaurant was still empty!

Ok, so a small Pizza? - will only be served to children
So maybe a Pizza for two? - we will be charged 4 Swiss Francs more (for the same Pizza!)
Ok, so another two coffees? - you have to sit at the bar, we need the table (...the Restaurant still being empty!)
...then the bill please... - ok, thank you for then leaving soon...

This is the almost unbelievable extract of the dialogue with the waitress.
Despite having been a customer for several times, and now consuming also before lunch, we were litterally treated as guests not welcomed at all. The wishes of the guest seem to count nothing at all - and that in an empty restaurant!

Never again!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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