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“a nice welcome and farewell from rome”
Review of La Regola

La Regola
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Ranked #1,488 of 13,067 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Reviewed March 25, 2014

We arrived here at out first night in Rome and fell in love with the food and the place and then came for our last night and were still in love. The food is excellent. The service was sweet and the atmosphere great. We will defenely visit again.

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laregolaRoma, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Regola, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2014

We have only a word to say: thank you for your kindness and sympathy. we are looking forward to yournext visit to Rome!!!

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Disappointed. I ate here on June 22nd 2013. I felt unwelcome from the first moment. I arrived at 10pm, which is certainly not late by Italian dining standards. Was given the worst seat indoors despite there being empty seats outside on a beautiful summers full moon evening. The manager asked the waitress if I was "still there" after he assigned me the bad seat (not realising that I understand Italian quite well, even if I don't speak it well), which certainly didn't make me feel any more welcome. I continued to feel unwelcome throughout most of the meal, until near the end when I tried to make some small talk with him. I was left waiting for a menu for 10 minutes, and had to ask for a glass of wine when none was offered. Bread didn't arrive until after my starter arrived. The vitello tonnato starter was excellent, the best I've had (€18). The wine was also very good (given it was €7 a glass, which is very expensive for Rome, I would expect nothing less). The bread was good and different from the usual, although there were some stale pieces included in the basket. The gnocchi with rabbit was a disappointment, certainly not bad but just not interesting. The food may well have tasted better if the welcome had been warmer, but unfortunately it never really rose above a chill. I was offered dessert with a tone of disinterest, which I declined. Coffee was good but they "had no milk", so I had to have it black. A decent digestive improved my mood slightly, until the bill of €57 depressed me again. Dining alone is always a challenge - places like Regola certainly don't make it any easier. Recommended if money is no object, and your ego is tougher than mine. Otherwise, for the price and the frosty welcome, I'd say skip it.

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laregolaRoma, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Regola, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2014
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Dear Guest, after a long time we received your evaluation. At the same time we are glad and sorry. We are glad for the appreciation about our quality of food and cooking ("excellent".. "The best" ..."very good" ..only"the gnocchi" evalueted " not interesting"). But we are very sorry for the "welcome" that you define "frosty". We contiinue in italian ..If you permit, but , as you say, you "understand Italian quite well": siamo dispiaciuti moltissimo che l'accoglienza non sia stata all'altezza dei desideri , considerando che ci facciamo un vanto ( e ci viene riconosciuto normalmente) che il clima che si respira alla " regola " sia un clima "familiare " e " di casa". Sappiamo anche che non tutti i giorni sono uguali così come sappiamo quanto sia non facile "dining alone". Quello che speriamo e' averla nostro ospite al suo ritorno a Roma per una serata di chiacchiere e buon cibo.

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Who rocks into Rome on 23 Dec with 2 adults and 3 kids and no Christmas Eve/Day Dinner/Lunch reservations? Only numb-nuts. But we had the undeserved fortune of staying across the road from La Regola. They took us in for a dinner, then on Christmas Day for a 7 course lunch. It remains our Italian foody-highlight. The (getting old) review before this could have put us off (if we had read it before we went) but fortunately we didnt. We ate, danced, drank and laughed away our first Xmas away from our families. The delicacy and variety of each different course. Oh, we will return. Take me to Liguria. Check out the down stairs room. Ordering in Italy without an ounce of italian isnt really that hard is it? Thank you so much La Regola

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laregolaRoma, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at La Regola, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Dear guest,

above all, thank you for your kindness and simpathy.! your family and your chidren
are very beautiful !! thank you fot your compliments and we hope they come back soon in Rome!!
ciao e a presto!
La Regola

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We ate at La Regola with friends, one who had dined here in the past and raved about it. Were it not for the great company of friends, the evening would have been a total bust. While the restaurant's website is offered in both English and Italian, not a sole who worked there spoke a lick of English or had a menu in any language but Italian. As we struggled to translate the menu amongst ourselves (one diner a linguist fluent in 8 languages), even the owner/chef came to our table and was only able to offer a single word, "spinach", in English. Three of us ordered appetizers and then a first course and the fourth diner only a second course; and we specifically indicated that he would share an appetizer and wanted his "second" served with our "first" course. (Sounds confusing I know, but really not difficult; he didn't want to eat his main course while we had our appetizers). Of course they served his main course with the appetizers and then couldn't understand the problem. Two of us ordered duck, which was too plentiful for an appetizer for one and bland, without any seasoning or sauce. Listed as a "first course" which is normally some kind of pasta dish, we ended up with crab meat in the shape of gnocchi, that were swimming in some kind of spinachy broth. Yew. Okay, we were served complimentary prossecco upon sitting down, and the breads were good. And while this isn't the restaurant's fault, at the end of our evening, a rude Italian (who denied he was Italian, stating, "I'm a Harvard University professor!") sitting at the table next to us smoking a cigar, no less, asked one of our diners to lower his voice as the sound, which wasn't in the least bit loud, was disturbing him. Mama mia!

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Reviewed April 14, 2013

This restaurant is truly outstanding, even by Rome's elevated standards. The staff is lovely and gracefully accommodated us without a reservation. As soon as we were seated, we were presented a gorgeous aperativo slate filled with baked melanzane, hard cheese, pollo e funghi, calamari fritti, olives, large capers, and bread. we matched this with the house white wine. Then we tried the green potato soup with grilled and fried octopus, marinated cod salad, trofa pesto (little twists of pasta), and cod/potato/olive mash, all exquisite. We finished with a luscious hazelnut tart with cocoa creme ball. We noticed that other tables were requesting grilled whole fish, which looked lovely too - we can't wait to come back and try. As we basked in the afterglow finishing our wine, our chef emerged from the kitchen with a large plate of unshelled fava beans for one of the tables. She noticed everyone else ogling them, and a few minutes later every table had a plate of them. This broke the ice and within moments the room had turned into a small party with everyone sharing wine and stories. Magic!

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laregolaRoma, Direttore at La Regola, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2013
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E' vero è stata un serata magica ma anche grazie alla vostra simpatia e cordialità!

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