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Il Porto Di Ripetta
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Ranked #407 of 13,321 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $71
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Campo Marzio
Description: Four Rooms Downstairs. 4 Sale Interne Fino Ad 85 Posti
Reviewed December 3, 2009

Having read the two reviews posted, it is hard to reconcile them. My wife and I dined here twice. The first occurred in February 2008. Our meal, excellently prepared and served, was the best dining experience we had in Rome. We returned to Rome in October 2009. Having forgotten its name but having stayed at the same hotel (Portrait Suites--itself worthy of five stars) we asked the reception to identify this restaurant. We were not disappointed. In fact, we learned that there was a change in ownership. To my surprise and delight, our dining experience was better. For sure, this Porto di Ripetta is not for budget minded travelers. Nor is it a restaurant for those who are not adventurous. The menu is primarily fish and the selections are imaginative. I hope to return the next time in Rome in anticipation that the high quality will continue.

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Reviewed September 14, 2009

Hi,
We were there in May . We had on of the most enjoyable meals we had on our whole trip.
They owner makes his own olive oil and his wife makes the Pasta. All the Fish was caught that day .
It was not a cheap meal , It was a great meal . I will go Again

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12  Thank JeanClaudeCalifornia
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Reviewed May 7, 2009

Porto di Ripetta
Via di Ripetta, 250. Rome

An expensive and not entirely pleasant experience.

We were recommended this restaurant by the desk clerk at our hotel. We scrutinised the menu posted outside and the basic food prices didn’t seem exorbitant. On entry we were seated at our table and were greeted with a small glass of Prosecco. The setting was nice (although the choice of music was strange; okay if you like Rod Steward, Phil Collins, Freddie Mercury and the like). However, it soon became apparent how they made their money as the mark up on wine and water was enormous. The Prosecco, for which we were paying €12 – 14 at other places, was €40 and the cheapest wine was €30. After consulting with the waiter we plumped for an Italian Gerwurtstraminer at €35 which was okay but lacked the depth of the usual Alsacian offering. He asked if we wanted water but at €5 we decided against it as this was double what we had been paying elsewhere (and I don’t think they do tap water in Rome!).

The owner then arrived to take our order. He started with a speech (given to all the diners) saying that he didn’t use any butter in his recipes, only olive oil, cold pressed from olives from his own farm. There was no garlic used (in our speech he missed out the bit that this was because he liked to kiss). Everything was made from the freshest ingredients. The fish was not farmed and the desserts were made by ‘The Big Boss – my wife”. He then asked if we wanted water, we replied no, not yet, he then asked me, “Do you prefer still or sparking?” I replied still. A minute or so later the waiter came across and asked if we’d actually ordered water from the owner and we said no but it was apparent that the guy was trying to pull a fast one. He was arrogant, unpleasant, pushy, insincere and obsequious.

As for the food; well that wasn’t too bad. The bread basket contained some tasty rolls, sliced white and wholemeal bread and breadsticks. My husband started with the stuffed artichoke, which was filled with a seafood farce and covered with a gravy-like sauce (€10). It was pronounced okay. I had the prawn and apple risotto (€10). An intriguing combination but it worked and I thought this very good. Our mains were turbot fillets and sea bass fillets served with potatoes and a side order of mixed, grilled vegetables (€20 -22). Both were good; well cooked and well seasoned. We decided against a pudding so were presented with a bottle of Limoncello which was plonked on the table with two small shot glasses and which was actually quite delicious. We paid the bill (€98) and decided that even given the dreadful exchange rate, the meal wasn’t worth what we had paid but the owner had provided us with a memorable experience, albeit an unpleasant one.

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