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“Expecting a tourist trapped, ended up with a most memorable dinner!!”
Review of Barcaccia

Ranked #736 of 775 Dessert in Rome
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Campo Marzio
Hong Kong
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134 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Expecting a tourist trapped, ended up with a most memorable dinner!!”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

After a long day of travels and shopping, my family of 6 met up at Spanish Steps and had to decide where to go for a quick bite. We were just too tired to go anywhere, and when we saw this restaurant just around the corner, we decided to go in to grab a quick dinner before we call it a day.

We had serious reservations. First, the location right across Spanish Steps screamed "tourist trap"! Second, after climbing up the stairs to the restaurant (G/F is just a gelato parlor and no food), we found we were the ONLY diners there! We were so worried we almost turned around and walked away. Being too weary and tired, we thought we'd bear it and grind it. Just order a simple fail-safe spagetti and leave.

How wrong we were....

The menu wasn't really exciting, but when Chef Roberto came to explain, his enthusiasm was contagious. Mom just wanted a simple carbonara, but he went on to describe how it's his favourite and his approach to cooking this staple Italian dish.

The first sign of promise came when the bread basket arrived. It was simply one of the best grissini we've eaten. We chow down baskets after baskets, keenly looking forward to our appetizers and main course.

The carbonara certainly didn't disappoint. My spagetti with shrimp was divine. Fresh and succulent, as was the tuna carpaccio. Even my sister, who said she was tired of Italian after 10 days of non-stop spaghetti, was happily scraping off her plate.

Too bad we were full and couldn't take any dessert, but we left the restaurant very satiated and vowed to spread the word about this excellent place. Of course pricing was not cheap, as one would expect given the location, but it certainly wasn't exorbitant. And nothing better than to be so pleasantly surprised after a hard day of sightseeing. I just wish more people would discover this gem and keep the restaurant going.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Yau Baby
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Bay Area, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“ok, but so much competition that is just as good, if not better and cheaper”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Came here simply for gelato. As a matter of a fact it was our first gelato spot here in Rome. Right in front of the Spanish steps, it is hard to miss.

One of the biggest tourist spots around, so as usual, the price is a bit more than others in a non "touristy" location.

That is the only reason I had to deduct one star. Can't blame a business for making money though right? But as soon as you venture around, you will see that there are just as good if not better for cheaper.

I could not deduct anymore stars because the gelato we had was good. Nothing wrong with it. It was smooth and decadent and very satisfying. Workers were friendly and prompt too. They spoke English well so no problems communicating.

With SOOOOOOOO many gelato spots around, you can definitely afford to pass this up, but if you absolutely need your fixing, you can't go wrong here either.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank gn116
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Average gellato+Expensive price+Terrible service = Tourist Trap!”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Nearly just across the spanish steps.Seems nice from outside,the ambiance and everything.. But just wait to come closer. Someone approached us and offered a seat inside and once we said no (since we were just gonna take gellatos to go) we became nothing. And the rest of the customers shared the same destiny. At the cashier there was an asian tourist lady in front of me and girl at the cashier was making fun of her broken english to the other staff in a loud way. Once we got through the paying nightmare (1 cup is 2 euros which is pretty expensive compared to the others) then came the gelato counter torturing. There was 3 guys working behind the counter and none of them was busy but yet we had to wait for their loud jokes to finish completely ignoring the line. Then one of them unpleaseantly asked about what we wanted without any eye contact. Finally we reached the ice cream but it was average at best. My advice, do not be seduced by the crowd or the atmosphere, just stay away.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Yusuf_Orskiran
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London, United Kingdom
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“Superb desserts to die for!”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We were here for tea - quite expensive but worth it. Their desserts were really good.. One of the best tiramisu I've ever had!! It is very very light and the bottom layer is so juicy! Chocolate souffle was amazing too - served really hot and the chocolate is somewhat light. Everything turned out to be fine. The atmosphere was quite good too - except the unfriendly walls that separates the area which makes it hard to get hold of a staff. Apart from that everything was actually perfect.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Crystalism
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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Really great gelato!”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Some of the best gelato I've ever had! Stracciatella is my favorite flavor and theirs is amazing. I sat at a table upstairs with a window overlooking Piazza di Spagna and there was free wifi as well, perfect! The service was fantastic and I really enjoyed myself here. It was quite crowded, as it should be; I definitely recommend coming here when in Rome.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank BeachBumm16
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