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Review of La Vecchia Frasca

La Vecchia Frasca
Ranked #26 of 227 Restaurants in Frascati
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed December 17, 2012

One of the best restuarants that we eat in Italy if you are in Rome and have a car it
pays to give a jump and realy enjoy this kitchen and a wonderfull hand of the ceffe

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Thank Gidon S
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Like others, we stumbled on this restaurant in our walks around Frascati. We liked the appearance and the menu, and we were shown to a nice table quickly. Unfortunately, the service was verging on unfriendly, and I think our decent Italian was only tolerated. A number of other groups entered the restaurant while we were there and they were all warmly greeted; however, they also appeared to know the proprietor. Our food was good, not excellent; we tried the pasta with mushrooms and truffles and the lamb chops. The pasta was very good but the lamb was long on bones and very short on meat. I do admit that our entire experience would have been pretty good if the interactions with the employees had been, well, if we had even had interactions or smiles. We have traveled through Italy for about 15 years and have had many wonderful interactions with people in restaurants, bars, and hotels; we had a wonderful time the same day in an osteria in Frascati. Our waitress at La Vecchia couldn't even be bothered to make change for us at the end of the evening. There are many restaurants where tourists are welcomed with open arms in Frascati and throughout Italy. If you're looking for one of these establishments, I suggest checking out some of the other highly rated restaurants on Trip Advisor.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had dinner here based on good reports in TA and because it was close to our hotel. We arrived early (7:30) and didn’t have reservations, but had no trouble getting a table. The staff were courteous and helpful. The restaurant looks good and has a nice atmosphere. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing. My wife had the sliced grilled beef. It was stewed rather than grilled and had a high gristle content. She left most of it. I had the saltimbocca which tasted ok, but the meat was tough. Maybe the chef was late in that night.

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1  Thank TC3145
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

My family of six stumbled upon Roberto and Stefania’s wonderful restaurant completely by accident, having spent an exhausting day in Rome and having had no set plan for dinner. After aimlessly walking thru Frascati barely able to keep our eyes open, we were welcomed, offered seats either inside or out (we chose in due to wanting A/C) and were immediately made to feel at home. Within the first minute of Roberto coming over to take our drink orders, I knew we’d be in for a treat. His jovial attitude and ready wink and smile hinted at an unspoken understanding that we were there to enjoy not just a great meal, but the ‘spirit’ of their restaurant and its extended family (many members of whom work there), and each other’s company.

So what started as light appetizers and pasta turned into a three hour meal! We put ourselves in his hands as far as what to order and were rewarded with family-style plates of three great pastas – the ubiquitous all' Amatriciana and carbonara, and a special of rabbit in brown gravy (which was perhaps the single best pasta we had the entire trip to Rome!).

Over the coffee and desserts we ordered, followed by the cordials and biscotti we didn’t but were brought ‘on the house’, I started walking around the restaurant looking at the decorations, including a early-20th century photo of a Frascati landmark. The next thing I knew, Roberto was explaining the subject of the photo and how it was destroyed by the bombings of World War II. This led to further discussions, and the next thing you know, we’re taking a flashlight tour through the extended caves underneath the restaurant, getting a late-night history lesson of how the locals survived the war! Fascinating and heart wrenching!

Needless to say, we came back two days later to enjoy another meal before our vacation was over. By this time, we had gained another family member and lost one to home, but were once again given every possible extension of hospitality we could hope to have gotten! We were treated to another great meal – this time the incredible mixed antipasti that so many others mention below, followed by secondi and the normal dessert extravaganza. This time the evening ended with my three daughters getting - and giving - dance and singing lessons to Roberto and Stefania’s daughter and her two friends, all despite no common language spoken (other than dance and song), another tour of the caves, exchanges of Facebook names, a demand to return the next day to learn how to best pack the truffles we had hunted and planned to bring home two days later, and every other ‘friend and family’-type exchange you could hope for!

The point I’m trying to make here is that I think La Vecchia Frasca is about so much more than just the food (which in and of itself, is wonderful, plentiful to the point of bursting, and VERY reasonably priced). Just as much, and more importantly, It’s about the sharing of love for not just what we eat, but what we bring to the table in the way of.family, friends, and life in general.

Roberto, Stefania, and Aurora, thanks so much for making us feel part of your extended Vecchia Frasca family, and I look very forward to seeing (and eating with) you again next year!

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Thank Randy H
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

ogni volta che mi capita di passare una serata a Frascati, del cibo dell'acoglienza e dell'atmosfera.
Lo consiglio a chi ama mangiare bene, abbondante e a prezzi onesti.

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Thank Robincap
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