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“The Best Steak I've Had in Years”

La Dispensa dei Mellini
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Ranked #616 of 12,367 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
New York City, New York
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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“The Best Steak I've Had in Years”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

The manager of the Roman hotel in which we stayed gave us several excellent restaurant recommendations, singling out La Dispensa as her personal favorite place to dine. She made us a reservation there for a special meal our last night in Rome, and we quickly discovered the reason for her raves about the place. La Dispensa is a small, elegantly casual establishment located alongside the Tiber in a quiet neighborhood not far from the Vatican. The hostess brought us the evening's menu on a chalkboard and walked us through all of the selections. To begin my partner chose a lovely salad of sliced pears on a bed of greens with walnut dressing, and I ordered the frizelli of marinated sardines and cherry tomatos on arugula served with toast and slices of burratina, a mild mozarella-like cheese. Both of us ordered filets of beef, simply and perfectly grilled with olive oil and fresh lemon. The steaks were astoundingly good-- tender, juicy and wonderfully flavorful. La Dispensa's house-made desserts are equally scrumptious. We opted for chocolate cake with strawberries baked inside and cheesecake topped with frutti dei boschi. The house wines were excellent, as well. La Dispensa is a little out of the way, but most definitely worth seeking out.

  • Visited June 2012
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Cambridge, UK
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“Lovely trattoria full of locals, interesting food”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

We visited this restaurant in the Prati district whilst staying at Hotel Farnese (as it is a short walk away). We came here after reding the TA reviews and were not disappointed. The menu is circulated around this tiny trattoria on a mini blackboard and the waitress carefully talks through every dish. Only problem is too many dishes that sound amazing. All lovely food with a twist: we had buffalo mozzarella with truffles to start. I had pesce spada (swordfish) which was wonderful. Partner had a beef dish, grilled and thinly sliced. Wine menu was comprehensive and reasonably priced. Great service, wonderful atmosphere (locals on next table made some recommendations) definitely would seek out again, even if not in the area.

  • Visited June 2012
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St Louis
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“Great experience”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

Staff is so helpful. Not touristy. Great food. We all enjoyed it

  • Visited May 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Lovely little restaurant”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

My work colleagues and I were exhausted after a full day of travel and sightseeing. and then it started raining making finding this little gem I'd read anout on TripAdvisor even harder to find. But we were all pleased that we had persevered. A perfect modern Rome feeling about the place, which has only a few tables. The welcome was warm with a waitress who spoke excellent English and described the food in such caring detail that none of us had any difficulty choosing. Absolutely delicious meal. highly recommend this place but be sure to reserve.

  • Visited April 2012
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Jaca, Aragon, Spain
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“Different recipies and friendly atmosphere”
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Very friendly service, and unusual interesting recipies on the menu that would not be for those who see Italian food as pizzas and pasta, but is a lot of fun for anyone interested in something different. I had a pasta with mole (Mexican chocolate) dish, but it wasn't spicy, and I think the Mexicans have the right idea (if chocolate is not sweet it has to be spicy to be good). However I would recommend all the other dishes (the mixed salami, salads and the gnocchi) and the desserts were amazing. Interesting different dishes, a cosy small locale, friendly staff (who incidentally spoke excellent English) and management resulted in a pleasant evening. I would highly recommend this restaurant for people keen to try something different.

Visited April 2012
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