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“indifferent dining experience in rome”

Giggetto al portico d'Ottavia
Ranked #3,775 of 12,856 Restaurants in Rome
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Ghetto
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Da Giggetto has been offering diners a million-dollar location for years and years in one of the most atmospheric corners of the Ghetto, but frankly, the quality of the food vs the price made me swear last time it would be our last. it's just not worth it -- plus the servers and hostess are almost invariably rude, and act as if they are doing you a favor by finding you a seat . yes they have wonderful deep-fried fried artichokes and zucchini-flowers -- but let's get real, so do many other eating establishments in Rome. we found the spaghetti alle vongole indifferent -- ditto the carabonara and lamb dish. you can eat well, but there is little exceptional except for the location -- so if you're going for it, make sure it's warm and you get a table outside or opening to the outdoors.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

I had not been there in a few years and was very disappointed. OK we knew the place has become a tourist place, but we tought quality would not have gone below minimum.
The "carciofi alla giudia" (deep fried artchokes) were ok, as were the fried zucchini flowers with anchovies. Fried cod fillet (the house specialty, filetti di baccalà) were appalling. Hard and not cooked enough. The batter was also way too heavy. One of the worst ever eaten. Then my wife had lingua (boiled veal tongue) wich was in itself ok, but the "green sauce" was too runny and, for some reason, acid. The pasta dishes were a double surprise: 1) in the menu they had pasta alla gricia with pork bacon (guanciale). Which is surprising for a jewish restaurant. 2) both that and my "cacio e pepe" were heavy with a thick sauce that entrapped the pasta like a glue, while the good recipe calls for a rich but light and "clean" dressing. The whole thing for 100 euros for 3 people (only half a bottle of wine).The place was full and with a line outside, so it is unlikely they will change anything in their operations. I would avoid the place and patronize other restaurant nearby. The "taverna del ghetto" is my favourite (it was closed for refurbishing) or a couple of others.

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Thank AndreaPortante
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Service just comically bad. A place that is still open because it was a great restaurant 40 years ago.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We ended up here because we wanted to grab some food before attending the 8:30pm prayer of the community of St. Egidio at S. Bartolomeo and deeply regretted it. The quality of the food is poor, it's expensive and the service isn't great either. Because we were so early the place was empty and huge but apparently only two tables were available. If you want to eat at the ghetto, there are other, much more charming places. One of the benefits here is that you can order your dolce from the Austrian bakery next door, so I ordered something that cost double the price at the restaurant which I think wasn't justified at all. Better go somewhere else!

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Thank Ange516
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We spotted the restaurant just while we were walking around and started to rain. It was a saturday noon and there were a lot of italian people coming in, so we decided, why not?.
It's a really old school restaurant with traditional roman food. We ate as a starter the house specialities like fried artichokes (delicious) and fried cod( too salty), as main course i ate bucatini all'amatriciana which were the best I tasted in Rome and my girlfriend ate lasagna wich was ok. Nice food without pretensions and with good price.
The portions were quite big so we didn't have space for a dessert.
The service was really friendly and funny even when the clearly didn't talk english.
It's an enormous local with lots of dining rooms, it's busy and noisy and that gives a sort of ambiance that complements the food.

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Thank Jordi T
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