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“A wonderful place that brings you back in time”

Antica Osteria Da Giovanni
Ranked #2,841 of 12,522 Restaurants in Rome
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Trastevere
Fairfax, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A wonderful place that brings you back in time”
Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

For great home cooking, like your grandmother used to make, if you had an Italian grandmother, this is the place to go in Rome. I stumbled across it while going toward Trastevere for lunch. A place that time forgot, where they also forgot to raise the prices. I had a great soup ( rice and endive), a small plate of veal with mushrooms, a small bottle of white wine, mineral water, and an expresso for 13.5 euro for lunch. And I really enjoyed the lunch crowd enjoying themselves there. Menu is limited, you may have to wait since the waiter has a lot of tables to cover--stop whining! A chance to rest up after the Vatican Museum.

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2 Thank avruchs
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Reading, PA
Level 6 Contributor
1,431 reviews
569 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,813 helpful votes
“Food was OK”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We made a special effort to seek out this restaurant. It was a bit of a disappointment. There were not many tourists - a good sign - but the food was nothing special. The best think I can say about the food was it was "OK". We went at lunch and it was quite crowded, so obviously lots of people do like it.

  • Visited August 2012
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3 Thank luvroma2
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Rome, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“This is what I mean for 'good value for money'”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

I love popular places, looking to the substance rather than the form. This means that I want to eat enough (no micro nouvelle cuisine helpings, please!), eat decently well, and pay a fair price. Then, if you can get a refined course or an abundant helping, that would be a 5-stars vote. Well, da Giovanni you'll find nice homemade dishes and good wine, no frills, and a great familiar atmosphere. It is one of those inexpensive places where you want to go to have more than you pay.

  • Visited October 2011
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2 Thank paolottivomita
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Nicosia, Cyprus
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“humble, unpretentious, lovely”
Reviewed July 27, 2011

A simple local tavern, unpretentious and humble. The food has the same characteristics too. A small place that makes you feel like home. Even the clients (italians) are friendly and they try to help you as much as possible when they know you are a tourist. A guy from the nearby table translated the whole menu for us! I will surely be back both for the food and the ambiance.

  • Visited July 2011
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1 Thank costas74
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Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“I love this place ... Great Atmoshpere”
Reviewed May 3, 2010

A super spot, halway between St Peter and Trastevere on Via Della Lungara.

A true Roman experience .... the waiter can speak English. If you can struggle through with Italian then give it a go.

Great value with a wonderful experience, I would recommend visiting for Lunch or Dinner. Get there early to have the choce of a full menu.

Pasta will cost five euro and main is around the same with fish a little more.

Enjoy ...

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2 Thank Scott B
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