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“Had to go back” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Il Desiderio Preso Per La Coda

Il Desiderio Preso Per La Coda
Ranked #1,624 of 12,044 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $43
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Had to go back”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

I remember this restaurant from when I lived in Rome. It's apparently fallen out of fashion, but that is great because you can get seated and served! The food was just as good as I remembered. We sat outside on a quiet side street and just enjoyed being in Rome!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jerusalem, Israel
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Small,,orginal and exquisite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

Our best culinary discovery in Rome, this time round, proved to be the small, but exquisite restaurant: Il Desiderio preso per la Coda. Behind its unassuming exterior and quirky name lies a world of delight. We went there several times, and were able to do so as its menu while not extensive is carefully chosen and, catering to all tastes: meat lovers, fish and pasta, or vegetarian, provides more than ample choice of each. And the dishes that emerge from its kitchen – whatever the course - prove to be uniformly excellent: traditional yet innovative; delicate but flavoursome; sophisticated but down to earth and as far from pretentious as could be. What is more all are aesthetically presented, and in just the right proportion: a feast for the eyes and tongue.

The original and personal touch showed by the chef in the kitchen, is also reflected in the general décor of the place: from the pictures on the walls, the rustic tables and chairs, right down to the choice of ceramic serving plates and retro cutlery. Managed up front by two of its owners - two young women, their co-partner being, I believe - the master chef in the kitchen - it is all, very relaxed and informal, more like a friendly, if terrific, bistro. And all this for a very reasonable price, with dishes ranging from 9 to 12 euros, the desserts even less, and the worthy house wine marked at 11 euros. Yet, to say simply that Il Desiderio preso per la Coda provides value for money would be to do it a serious disservice. It does much more than that: it is in a word a very very very good restaurant and were I a resident of Rome it would certainly become my weekly – I am tempted to say more – treat.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois, Usa
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting and a bit odd”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012

Cute place..nice art...poor service (as the 2nd server did not show up, according to our server)...some good dishes, but some really fair dishes.

Visited June 2012
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Do not miss going to this lovely restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

Really warm, characterful restaurant with excellent food and a great range of good value wines.
Near Piazza Navona but away from the usual tourists' restaurants!
Highly recommended, given smallish number of tables might want to book. One of the cheapest place I ate in Rome. Wonderful!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lot et Garonne
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119 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“No tourists (except us)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Tucked away just behind the government offices in the Piazza Navona area, this was the most delightful find of our trip. It's a tiny family run restaurant with an original local menu. We ate lunch there from a set menu. Starter was an aubergines, tomatoes, capers, onions and tomatoes like ratatouille, serve with a soft baked curd cheese. The main course was white fish (perch?) smothered with grated courgettes and served with potatoes in parsley and a salad. Simple and delicious. It was the cheapest place we ate and it was very popular with the local office staff in their lunch hour. Not a tourist in sight which meant we had an hilarious time trying to decipher the menu, with the owner who was trying to help us out by using a phrase book. A true taste of Roman food and hospitality.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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