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#1,038 of 8,312 Italian in Rome
#1,074 of 10,040 Restaurants in Rome
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$23 - $47
Italian, Mediterranean, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this fabulous place a total of 3 times and each time the food and experience was amazing. We first came on our 2nd afternoon to Rome and tried their Cacio e Pepe which is by far the best we’ve had in our whole...trip. The setting is perfect both inside and outside it’s off the beaten track and the staff are also super attentive and honest! They’ll guide you on what to order and which dishes work together. In particular I’ll fave waiter (they are all excellent) was Andrea who made each visit when we saw him. Thank you and we will be back next time!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner in this restaurant after the recommendation of relatives who visited Roma previously. The restaurant is located in the Trastevere district, and has a nice terrace and a warm interior. We had to eat inside as the terrace was full and...we did not make an appointment. I highly reccommend their "star dish", the spaghetti al calcio e pepe, which is delicious. The pizza was also very good (as almost everywhere in Italy), and the dessert were nice too. The bartender was a lovely old man with a nice sense of humour, who made our dinner even better. Good prices overall. I would reccommend it.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just left here after a superb lunch. My bf has “Supplí al telefono” & “Courgette blossom” which he really enjoyed. I tried their famous “Cacio e Pepe”, it was to die for. Desserts were amazing too. The waiter was really professional and explained me few...things about the restaurant and its history. He also offered us a treat which we really appreciated.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went by an old review where a girl said it was lovely and frequented with the locals and she had lived in Rome ( must have changed hands ) . My husband and I visited thinking you cannot go wrong with a pretty area...and pasta . We arrived early as we hadn’t eaten much due to flight times . The lady greeting us literally huffed and exhaled when we asked if she had any tables . Clearly not happy to see us . Her family was in that night and she was more interested in them . We sat inside and were served by a lovely more mature waiter , we asked for a recommendation . My husband had beef carpaccio and I had Buffalo mozzarella salad . Which was literally a lump of mozzarella out of a packet on a plate with a salad , also out of a packet with no dressing . We then went with the waiter ‘s two recommendations for the main course . Tagliatelle al fungi and my husband had this pasta Parmesan thing in a parmesan bowl . They were both dreadful . The pasta was hardly cooked really chewy and out of a packet and my husband’s was just fake Parmesan and really strong and that was the special . Trust me my husband can eat anything and loves cheese but both of us said it was the worst meal either of us had on our travels across the world in the last 20 years . Please do not bother it is not worth it . Apart from the waiter who was lovely .More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, first of all, we waited in the area for three hours. The oldest church in Rome is located right beside the restaurant. We visited the church walked around the area a bit, then stayed in front of the door area where you enter an...hour beforehand, thus we were first in line. The waiter who greeted us had seen us in line as well. He had been sitting at a table smoking and not doing anything for at least a half-hour. I figured he was just resting before the dinner rush. No, he came up to us, blew smoke in our face, laughed at us, and said without a reservation we could not enter. He didn't even ask if we ahd one. We only wanted to go to this place because it was on Anthony Bourdain's show; however, I'd never go now. We wound up going to Tonnarellos instead which isn't that far away. Tonnarellos was so wonderful and we wound up going back the next night. You don't need a reservation either and the staff is friendly and doesn't blow cigarette smoke in your face. I believe becuse they were on TV once they've gotten some attitude they can treat customers badly. From what i could see they did this to just Americans and not locals. The waiter assumed we could not understand the lanuage because we could tell he was only turning Americans away and not locals. My husband is fluent in Spanish and Italian isn't the much different. I guess Karma is true since I'm sure because of the pandemic they lost a lot of business for a while. One should never turn away business if they don't have too.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Landed in Rome without realising that our weekend trip was the Ferragosto holiday and plenty of restaurants were shut so we panicked and grabbed some food at a place near the train station. Luckily, we were able to get a table at Roma Sparita and...it did not disappoint. The servers were hospitable and extremely friendly, and were very patient with us given that this was our second dinner. The cacio e pepe was the most epic dish I have eaten in recent memory, washed down with (3 bottles of) wine and a number of limoncellos. Will be back to try the tripe ASAP.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious cacio a pepe but unfortunatelly not the best service. The waiter made an impression that he wanted us to leave as soon as possible to get more guests. When we didnt want to order more food, just finish our bottle of wine, he simply...left check on our table.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 7, 2020 via mobile

Chef was creative and provided for above expectations food and experience! The waiter was super empathetic and provides advice on details and choice of food matching our taste and needs..... Great sales skills, humor and service Fantastic dinner choice!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 8, 2020

Love this restaurant! everything is so niiice, the food is very ok, good, fresh and tasty :P I was so happy to eat the true Roman food. <3

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 20, 2020

Have been talking about going here over the course of many a visit to Rome, and finally got to go in for lunch. As many others have noted, the cacio e pepe in the Rico is a standout. One side benefit of climate change is...that artichokes are in season early, so I opted for the fettuccine con carciofi. Super friendly folks, value priced wines by the glass...we ate lunch outside in February in the warm sun. Nothing not to like.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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October 14, 2019|
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Response from Ginnie C | Reviewed this property |
Traditionally, Americans dress far too casually, especially for a city like Rome. Italian casual and American casual are not the same.
January 1, 2017|
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Response from alanxfox | Reviewed this property |
English menu yes; it gets a lot of tourists. Gluten free: I have no idea but I do remember that the menu extended well beyond caccio e Pepe
September 28, 2016|
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Response from Gary J | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. I don't remember. Personally, I liked da Enzo down the street. No reservations there, you have to get there when they open and put your name on a list. I felt like Roma Sparita was touristy. They got a lot of... More
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