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“Eat what you are offered”

Grotte del Teatro di Pompeo
Ranked #1,105 of 13,057 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Reviewed July 23, 2013

You will not be given the option to pick and choose from the menu in this laid-back family restaurant. Eat what the quirky owner Antonella thinks is good for you that day and you are going to have a delicious meal. If you plan to ask questions about the menu or request a receipt for your business expenses this place is not for you. Surrender yourself and you will enjoy the experience . Isn't a casual trip to Italy all about this anyway ?

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Thank bluecloud3004
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

My friends and I stopped here on 07 July 13 for lunch. We very much enjoyed our lunch which included lasagna, stuffed aubergines, and jewish-style artichokes with a house white wine. This may not be the best italian meal that I've ever had, but I would walk five miles to have this meal again. I very much doubt that you'll be disappointed.

I happen to be a history buff, so as a very special treat after the meal, we were lead down into the basements to see some of the foundations and store rooms of the original Theater of Pompey! Don't hesitate to ask.

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Thank Tim_Sullins
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We set out on a hot day to find evidence of the buried Theatre of Pompey -- the first Roman-style theatre to be built in stone -- and stumbled upon this open-fronted cafe with a busy lunch crowd and an auspicious name, Service was brusque and efficient, and most of us chose the Courgettes and Tuna Spaghetti specials, which were delicious. Truly remarkable was the house wine (their own label) -- I've never had a lighter fruitier or more refreshing white. Once the press of the lunch cowd was dissipating, the owners relaxed and became very friendly, and we asked whether they were willing to show us the reason for the restaurant's name. Sure enough, the curved street follows the shape of the theatre's walls and the restaurant backs directly onto the ruins. One subterranean room is held up by a low brick arch that was once part of the architecture, and one buttress of the high cool vaulted grotto even further below displays a few feet of unmistakable Roman brickwork in the style of Pompeii. This was a thrill for us, and as an afternoon deluge had begun by this time, the owners even insisted on sheltering us from the rain.

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1  Thank Patrick Y
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This small family restaurant is situated just few steps from Lunetta Hotel. We stoped for a few seconds to check menu when Italian lady (waitress/owner, I suppose) came out and asked if we need English menu. She told us her standard tourists-attractive phrase, that this restaurant is not touristic, and that we can try authentic roman cuisine. We caught it, because it's really hard to find something interesting to eat if you're from big multicultural city like we are.
Pros:
- Very good freshly roasted fish (see bass or dorado) with potato. Very good! Also you can choose what exact iced fish you want to be prepared. Also, you can ask to get whole roasted fish or just fillet without bones and etc. About 18 euros, 4 euros per 100g.
- Good tortellini. Good cream dressing. But wasn't mentioned in menu that tortellini are with meet. That was surprise for my pescetarian wife. About 8 euros.
- Good house wine. At least white. 7 euros per bottle.
- Very good Panna cotta. Very fresh and delicate. Just 4 euros.
- Authentic staff. Not very friendly and smiling, but accurate and attentive. Just what you expect when you are served by owners, who knows that you want and what is good better than you.
- WiFi. But we didn't try it.
- Service charge is included in prices.
- Coperto is just 2 euros per person that isn't much.

Cons:
- Quite small, like all family restaurants.
- Staff lacks of English. You haven't chance to find out dish ingredients and etc.
- Most serious disadvantage is that your bill is to be written on a piece of paper with pen by waitress just on your table without any descriptions. I can understand - crisis, high taxes they don't want to pay and so on, but this opens fantastic possibilities to overcharge you. We paid only 4 euros more, or in other words, our coperto was 8 euros for two instead of declared 2 euros per person, so we decided not to start yelling, but other comments here tell that not everyone was so lucky.
- Because of described above, they do not accept credit cards as declared.

Conclusion:
Anyway, good Italian home cooking meal with interesting owners service for very reasonable price in the very center of Rome. Good experience! If you want something "local", then just take calculator and go =)

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1  Thank Babibubo
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We felt so taken care of in this restaurant. The service was warm and friendly but also impeccable. The food was exceptional. We had roasted vegetables and an order of fresh, local mozzarella to start. Three of us had the special: spaghetti al tonno; while the fourth, a nine-year-old boy, agreed with the server's suggestion that he try the linguini al pesto.

It was my first time at this restaurant but my dining companions have returned here during every one of their frequent visits to Rome.

I would absolutely go again.

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Thank Laura G
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