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“Best restaurant we tried in Rome!”
Review of Grappolo d'Oro

Grappolo d'Oro
Ranked #764 of 13,100 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $43
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Description: "Slow Food" restaurant
Reviewed November 1, 2012

We loved this restaurant so much we went back twice in our five day stay. Recommended by Luca at Avventure Bellissime this place in Campo de Fiori area is superb. The pasta carbonara is hand tossed in cheese and eggs and includes bacon. We had cheesecake with fresh berries that I am still dreaming about. The staff was stupendous and even gave us free champagne. Definitely recommended highly!

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grappolodor0, Proprietario at Grappolo d'Oro, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Thank you so much for your sweet reviews!! So nice of you!!!
We hope to have you here in Rome very soon!! ;)

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

I don't know what I was more impressed with; the inventive menu that elevated traditional Italian food to a whole new level or one of the most extensive list of Italian wines we found in Rome. We over-ordered and over-indulged to taste our way through several of the dishes that caught our eyes as they were being delivered to other customers. Each dish more amazing than the next. We ended up dining for hours although most of the time we were sipping on water, wondering if the service was super slow or if we were just being impatient Americans. After 3+ hours of watching other couples come and go we realized we weren't being impatient American's, we just weren't getting the same quick service as some of the locals were.

Admittedly, we struggled with what kind of "pressure" to put on servers throughout out time in Italy, even sitting for over an hour at one restaurant waiting for our entree when the waitstaff remembered we were still in the restaurant and forgot we had ordered an entree in addition to our pasta. But the servers a Grappolo, who could have easily doubled our bill by offering us the option to order more wine, were slow and inattentive. They did help us with our ordering decisions, but beyond that help were very disengaged.

However, the food is worth the multi-hour investment or figuring out how to get served as quickly as the locals. The appetizer sampler, including panzanella so beautiful that looked like it came out of a painting, was phenomenal. The Osso Bucco melted in our mouths. Pork shank fell off the bone. The lamb prepared "Roman Style" was a bit fatty, but so delicious it was worth the calories and cardiac arrest. Every dish was beautifully presented, flavorful, and generous. Our stomachs were bursting but we couldn't leave without trying the pistachio semifredo, Grappolo d'Oro's signature dessert that is worth saving room for.

The wine list included many varieties from different regions of Italy and the restaurant owner helped us select a bottle to match our meal and mood.

This restaurant is an excellent bet for good, fresh, and delicious food in the Campo de Fiori neighborhood. The people watching was spectacular and we loved being among so many locals out for their evening meal. If we return we'd be a bit more engaged with the servers to ensure we got wine and water when we needed it and kept the meal moving along at a slightly faster pace, but if you can overlook slower service for an amazing meal you won't be disappointed in the menu and offerings at this restaurant.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

To start the food was superb, starter was panzanella, simply the best I have ever had. It looked like a large raw hamburger patty, but don't be fooled, it was a wonderful mixture of minced bread, tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Followed with a gnocchi with an arugula pesto and finally a Tuscan steak which was superbly seasoned. That was the good part. The bad part is they were somewhat disorganized, took a while to be seated in an empty restaurant, took a while to get menus, took a while and an animated Italian discussion to decide who had which tables and finally ordered our food. If you are relaxed and can get passed the disorganization, the food is well worth it.

1  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

There are a lot of tourist traps around this particular area, and this place is a decent bet for a good meal. We paid 40 Euros for two courses with a half litre carafe of wine, which is not the worst for central Rome. Starters were salt cod croquettes. Our second courses were pasta dishes. My cacio e pepe was particularly good. House wine not bad. Good atmosphere in this area. Service average.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is a nice restaurant located near Piazza Navona that serves typical local food. Well priced for what we had.

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