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“A bit too large”
Review of Pomodorino

Pomodorino
Ranked #3,765 of 13,624 Restaurants in Rome
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Ludovisi / Via Veneto
Reviewed October 16, 2012

This large multi-level restaurant on the corner of via Toscana and via Campania is located right in the heart of the tourist accommodation area in the north-east of the old Roman city. Its convenience however, is a bit of a trade-off in terms of the eating experience. Unfortunately because of the significant distances they had to cover, the waiters were rushed off their feet even though they tried hard. I had to separately ask for bread, olive oil, menu and the wine list. The pizza bread came out straight from the oven, hot and flat but not particularly flavourful. For the antipasto, the prosciutto was nice but I have had better elsewhere. The fresh buffalo milk mozzarella however was particularly good. The bucatini amatriciana was slightly too hot (spicy) which overwhelmed other flavours in the meal. The red wine, a Nero d’Avola, was luscious and smooth. A nice covered outdoor area in this district is a good start - some more attention needs to be paid on the delivery of the experience.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

The place is divided into two small places a Restaurant and a Pizzeria. Been to both on two separate evenings. They are great. Nice atmosphere, very friendly and good service and above all the food is great. Not too many choices, but its OK for a small place. We were four and each of the plates was extremely good. Pity they do not you and outside heating so people can enjoy the place while cool outside.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Good food, very helpful staff and great value for money, eat from around e40.00 including a caraf of house wine

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you want to try really Italian pizza and pasta - do it in this place , like lot of another meals , you found here . Very good choice for all

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you are looking for an affordable lunch or a dinner with a diverse (especially early) experience of Italian food, this is your place.

This was one of the first restaurants we visited in Rome during our honeymoon in 2003. The experience was so good that we returned with friends and family members in 2006 and 2009, if I remember correctly. Three times anyway, and each visit was well worth it.

The first impression of Pomodorino is that of an ironic version of an Italian restaurant, with the works: the logo is a huge tomatoe, checkered tablecloths, an overflowing buffet with all the expected antipastis... they just do it so well that it doesn't feel pretentious at all.

The first visit was 9 years ago, and I don't remember exactly what we had except for the antipasti buffet, which works both as a starter and a whole lunch, depending on the plate size. Of course the quality suffers a bit in any buffet, but this was surprisingly good, and we tried it again with my mother- and father-in-law in 2006. (I expect that nowadays I would like it even more, since in those days I didn't dare to try stuff like fried cicoria, which I have come to love.)

My mother- and father-in-law ordered for a main course a whole chicken roasted between hot bricks, which looked awesome (and I don't eat meat, only vegetarian and seafood dishes) and according to them was excellent. During our 2009 we popped in for a quick lunch of fried fish, and despite the fact that the place was absolutely packed, they delivered food that was very well made.

The restaurant is huge, with tables on two levels, and during lunch hours it is full of people presumably working in the nearby high-class areas. The location is very good if you are going to the Borghese Park or Via Veneto or walking around in the beautiful Ludovisi Sallustiano district, which we heartily recommend. It is full of interesting architecture and opulent houses with lush gardens. And of course one of the most interesting art galleries, Galleria Borghese, is very close.

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