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“Great start, poor finish”
Review of Osteria la Quercia

Osteria la Quercia
Ranked #624 of 13,062 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We found this appealing looking restaurant while ambling about the city and were impressed enough to find our way back later in the day. Conveniently located close to Trestevere but on the other side of the river, it promised to be one of those rare finds and maybe still might be. The decor is bright and pleasing and the greeting was warm. We arrived early and after a half hour were glad we did as the place filled up in a hurry with a mix of locals and tourists. Our waiter was initially perfunctory, nearly tossing glasses at us but he seemed to warm to the task. It took him a good 45 minutes to bring an ice bucket for our rapidly warming proseco but in his defense, the pace was picking up in a hurry and he seemed to be working a room of 35 to 40 on his own.
The first course came and my wife's tortelli a' ragu was fabulous as was the fried zucchini flowers anti pasti. My pasta vongole with peppers was fresh but overpowered by the peppers, enough so that all you could taste was the peppers. Things went south from there as the room heated up, all beverages were consumed and the second plate never arrived. Several tables seemed to still be waiting for menus or their orders long after they had arrived and the waiter responded only with nods and gestures as he rushed by. We finally surrendered and asked for the bill. The host was apologetic and asked us to try them again but our hard working waiter was apoplectic. Short staffing was probably the root of the problem but the whole situation could have been handled better and the jury for me is still out on the food. Given the many choices in Rome, we probably won't return.

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We ate here based on a review in Fodor's and it turned out to be a real gem. The restaurant is located in a small piazza which was quiet and it would have been perfect if there was outside seating but there was none.. The restaurant itself was clean and cozy and the waiters were friendly and attentive. The zucchini flower appetizer was delicious as was the filletti de baccalla. I had an extremely tasty farfale with vongella and others in my party had the rabbit with olives, gnocchi and meatballs. Everyone like their food but the meatballs were a bit dissappointing. The house red wine I had was ok, but not much of a choice. Overall a very tasty meal and I would go back there again.

1  Thank Jon B
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

swift service, nice food. The seating area was full when we arrived but they gave us a drink as we waited outside. dinner itself was great - massive portions.

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by Max from Rex Segway tour for lunch after our segway tour and the six of us were not disappointed. The service was excellent, bread, oil, balsamic and water brought immediately on being seated. Orders taken within a very reasonable time. Bread replenished. Everyone loved their meals, all having pasta, fettuccini porcini, carbonara, asparagus and mushroom, ravioli with tomato, vegetarian pasta and also vegetarian lasagna. Decent size serving for a lunch meal, fresh and best pasta since arriving in Italy.

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Thank RickyG48
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

The best meal we had in Rome, expensive but worth it! House red was delicious, as were all the dishes ordered by our table. Bruschetta, fried courgette antipasti (definitely get these) baked whole cod with cherry tomatoes, roast lamb, stew. The best dish was the pork "stinco", it's incredible!

1  Thank Zoe A
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