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Ambasciata d'Abruzzo
Ranked #673 of 12,262 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $45
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Digital Payments, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Parioli
Cohoes, New York
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“No menu required”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We came here on a recommendation from my wife's cousin, who had visited several years earlier. We brought along 2 other couples, so we were a bit nervous that we would have a good experience. WOW. The headwaiter asked if we knew what we wanted and then suggested he bring us "the usual". Plate after plate of table appetizers came out, eggplant, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella and ricotta, brushetta, a massive basket of cured Italian meats, "self-service". Then the "first" course.....homemade spaghetti with mushrooms, penne in a Tuscan sauce and ravioli stuffed with spinach. When he asked if we were ready to eat some "meat or fish", we couldn't even move. My wife did ask for "a tiny taste of veal", prepared anyway, as this is her supreme test of fine Italian cooking. She cut it with a fork and said it was the best she had ever tasted. After dessert, they brought 3 bottles of liquer (sambucca, amaretto and I forget the 3rd) and walked away. With 4 bottles of wine, the bill came to 130 E/couple. Really? An amazing place if you want authentic Tuscan food at a tremendous value. Grazie mille!

Visited November 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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“When in Rome...”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

This local place was recommended by a friend who goes to Italy on a regular basis. I was not disappointed! The salami basket, for starters, was a treat. They leave you with the basket, a cutting board and a knife...what's better than that. Not to be a glutton, I cut small pieces of each of the salami's. They were all delicious. It was accompanied by buffalo mozzarella, roasted peppers and marinated mushrooms. We went early (7pm is early) and soon enough, the place was filled with the "regulars" who were all locals - that tells you the place was good. Our waiter was fantastic and couldn't do enough for us. He was very attentive and explained each dish that we ordered including a great recommendation for a nice red wine. To top it off, there was a FREE shuttle van that took us back to our hotel, so if you read reviews here that it's overpriced, etc., we saved money by not having to pay for our cab back to our hotel. This was one of the best restaurant we visited in Rome.

  • Visited October 2012
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Briarcliff Manor, New York
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47 reviews
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“Fresh, Creative and friendly”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This restaurant is down the street from my home. During the visit of an Australian couple of friends we went to this restaurant with our two little kids (9,11) and our guests. This was the second time we went there in three months. The service is excellent, the fish very fresh and very nicely grilled. On the spot creativity (try four kinds of pasta in the same plate) was accommodated and the quality/price were marvelous. Highly recommended for both a casual meal or for company.

  • Visited October 2012
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Newport Beach, California
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“A FANTASTIC FEAST!!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The last time I ate here was in 1972. A teenager, I gave the Ambasciata D'Abruzzo the nickname "The Feast Joint" because the owner overwhelmed our family with wave after wave of incredible food: antipasti, appetizers, pastas, main courses, salads, and desserts-- a feast fit for royalty! Last week we re-discovered this culinary gem and were treated to a replication of the decades-earlier spectacle: I remember my dad asking the owner to "choose for us" and, again, he did. It was stunning in every way. We ate until we wanted to pray to have the capacity to eat more roasted lamb, pork roast, portobello pasta, etc, etc. DON'T COME TO ROME WITHOUT DINING HERE. And let the owner stun you with his creativity and gastronomic skill.

  • Visited October 2012
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“authentic and magnificent”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

My husband and 2 kids (age 6 and 12) ate here on our last night in Rome last night...it was a great way to end a fab holiday. Knowledgeable and attentive staff and amazing food. The mixed antipasto was extraordinary - the ham and salamis were out of this world as was the buffalo mozzarella. The pasta was delicious - simple but robust. Amazing wine list and superb desserts. Would definitely go back.

  • Visited October 2012
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