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Felice a Testaccio Roma

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#1,174 of 10,402 Restaurants in Rome
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Since 1936, Roman tradition and cuisine have been the pillars of this popular restaurant’s success, so much so that booking in advance is highly recomm...
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm an American from San Francisco, my partner is from Napoli -- we live in Europe (Frankfurt and Roma). Yesterday, we had dinner to celebrate my partner's birthday. Initially, we were given a table by the entrance, despite having booked a week in advance (and...advising of my partner's birthday). They were very cordial and re-seated us at a fabulous table (#17? -- a wonderful corner table!!). We ordered the cacio e pepe and the carbonara and abbacchio (young lamb). Soon thereafter, the sommelière arrived -- we opted for the Primitivo Reservata, 2015. After the bottle was uncorked and the wine tasted, we began to settle into our evening. The restaurant was established in 1936 and, today, offers, outdoor dining (in those heated outdoor "tents"). We had booked inside -- the interior is mostly clad in brick, rich wood and wooden plank flooring -- comfortably spaced tables decked out with natural fibre table coverings. Rather industrial-chic. It works!! Firstly, my cacio e pepe was presented to me at the table, at which point Matteo, our perfectly charming and engaging server, precisely and delicately manipulated the pasta with the utensils, in order to integrate the finely grated Pecorina and Parmigiano into the dish. Moments later, as if orchestrated, my partner's carbonara arrived -- it looked like perfection: guanciale which had such gorgeous colour, exquisitely caramelised, as it should be. We savoured each bite and, in fact, periodically exchanged forks full of our respective deliciousness... until our bowls were completed. We continued to imbibe on wine and, alas, the secondi arrived -- a generous selection of wonderfully tender, rosemary-infused oven-roasted lamb, accompanied by bronze-coloured potatoes. Fabulous flavour and highly-endorsed. We managed, afterwards, to order a dessert -- dressed with a birthday candle -- torta ricotta with visciole (cherries) . Fabulous balance of sweet cherries tempered by the creamy and smooth ricotta. We capped off the evening with a macchiato! The service was quite good -- Matteo really added to a perfect evening! Closing remark: My partner noted that the carbonara was simply 'the finest carbonara he has had, by far!' Can't wait to return!! BOOK EARLY!! :-)More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t have a reservation but were able to get in at 3 pm if we ate in an hour. The food was good. Not outstanding but good. We got mozzarella, meatballs, cacio e peppe, and ravioli. I think the restaurant is extremely overrated and...overhyped . Our waitress (with red hair) was extremely rude and wanted us to order without looking at the menu. My mom was flustered but quickly decided on the ravioli. We accidently had a plastic water bottle from before on our table and our waitress (same lady) basically scolded and yelled like children in front of the entire restaurant for daring to have a plastic water bottle at their establishment (mind you we paid for still water there). Overall, the food wasn’t good enough to tolerate such treatment. You could tell they hate tourists and treat tourists with contempt. They were a lot nicer to the italians. We wanted to get out of there asap and did not feel welcome.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 11, 2021

The restaurant is definitely worth the hype! We had the cacio e pepe and the gricia and the gricia is the best dish I had in Rome! The only con is it's very hard to make reservations. We tried calling and no one ever answers...so we had to go to the restaurant to make the reservation. You definitely need a reservation for dinner but I think if you go for a late lunch you could probably get a table.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 5, 2021

Felice has long been one of our favorite restaurants, so we were excited to go for dinner while in Rome. We were so looking forward to it that we called for 3 days to make a reservation (which can’t be done online). No one answered...the phone. Finally, we found a person and made a reservation, ensuring their famous lamb would be available. So, we arrived and settled in with our order of cacio e pepe, ravioli felice, grilled lamb and broad beans. The cacio e pepe was creamy and delicious as it always is but that’s where resemblance to the restaurant we know and love ended. The ravioli Felice no longer has the elegant presentation it once had and was cold. Not room temperature, part of the ravioli were cold, like it had been reheated rather than prepared freshly. The beans were also undercooked and served cold. When we complained, the server took them back to the kitchen and returned them – still cold! But, the most disappointing was the “grilled” lamb. Once the highlight of the meal, the lamb is now served so full of fat and gelatin, it was barely edible. Very disappointing. We will need to find a new “go to” for dinner for our future travels to Rome.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed August 28, 2021

Started with Baccala,Melanze di Parmigiana and Frittata Appetizers, which were outstanding. Of course we had the cacio e Pepe which is their signature dish which I thought was a bit dry. Had lamb which was very good, Felt a little rushed but overall not bad.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 26, 2021 via mobile

We had a dinner out at the famous Felice al Testaccio in Rome a few days ago. Really hard to get a table for 8. We were very professionally welcomed and showed to our table. Got proper indications foodwise much less about the wines, although...they count on a lady sommelier who in fact didn’t really help us through the selection process: she asked us what wine we wanted, rather than starting from our orders then helping us matching them with a proper selection of wine…helpless! The quality pf ‘cacio and pepe’ met our expectations as well as the ‘gricia’. The quantities were ridiculous, though! Not at all ‘Roman ‘. Especially when you compared them against the prices we had to pay. Name and substance need to make friends again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 24, 2021

Had lunch there, during our trip to Rome. Friend suggested this restaurant and so we went. You should book a table, just to be sure. This place is quite popular and can be very crowded. Had pasta there and I have to admit, it was...most certainly one of the best I ever had. And then the waiter suggested the lamb and he said, it is the best in Rome. And it was. Really recommend this place. Prices are medium. Personal is friendly. Food is excellent!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 28, 2021

This place is famous for their cacio e pepe, which was wonderful. However, the highlight of my meal was the roasted lamb, which was truly incredible. Service was meh but food certainly made up for it.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 4, 2021

Outstanding dining experience at local Rome restaurant. We were unable to make a reservation so we just showed up and took a chance. We were told that there would be a 40 minute wait and were seated exactly at that time. Dinner started off with...a very positive note because Juppy was out waiter. Juppy was outstanding and extremely attentive. Orders were taken and showed up orderly and hot. One meal better than the next. Two of our party had cacio e pepe. Best I have every had and finished off at your table. Everything from the spaghetti carbonara to saltimbocca alla romona was first class. Can't wait to go again and hope that Juppy is our server. Love this restaurant!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 19, 2021 via mobile

Best caccio e pepe in town!!! If you want to eat authentic roman food, that’s one of the best choices by far!

Date of visit: May 2021
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January 11, 2019|
Response from JKemp33 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know Italian but I love Felice!!!!
January 7, 2019|
Response from bertina762016 | Reviewed this property |
Il baccalà fritto è sempre disponibile la domenica a pranzo, quello al forno non credo. È da un po' che non me lo propongono. Credo che tu possa ordinare tranquillamente un pesce al forno.
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Felice a Testaccio Roma is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5