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“I've Had Better Here”
Review of Trattoria Romana

Trattoria Romana
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Ranked #25 of 812 Restaurants in Boca Raton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: N.E. 5th Ave.
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81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“I've Had Better Here”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

This terrific dining and meeting place is always crowded which visibly attests to its popularity. Even with a reservation one is sometimes left with the sentiment of being fortunate they let you in.
The most selective food choice here and also the best kept secret is the delectable pompano which is caught in the nearby surf. When pompano is requested by a patron the waiter furtively moves away to confidentially inquire about its scarce availability.Typically, there is almost always only one left. On a recent return visit the pompano which is traditionally presented in a buttery sauce with a hazelnut topping, was again sensational. A chicken breast stuffed with cured prosciuto, provole and spinach and bathed in a delicate creamy mushroom sauce was well executed and tasty. A generous piece of swordfish was moist and delicious. However, lagostino on a bed of linguine was most disappointing. The lagostino were spongy and tastless. The dish further failed because the portion of pasta provided was woefully insufficent.
We picked outside seating to take advantage of the breezy warm evening. This was in part a mistake. Although the outside area is well appointed and supervised by a manager dedicated to the section, the wait staff on this occasion were not top drawer. The best it appeared were assigned the choice area in the heart of the establishment. Previous visits here were enjoyable and even memorable but not this particular reunion.

  • Visited January 2013
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4 Thank hiddenvacation
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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234 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Excellent, authentic Italian”
Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

This place is hopping, with a busy bar crowd and packed restaurant. The owner runs a tightly watched operation. Prices are through the roof for food, though drinks are reasonable. We waited about 10 min for our reservation, and felt lucky to get a table. We loved everything we ate, and always love their complimentary bruschetta. Highly recommended if you have the bucks to spend.

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1 Thank Laura F
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Winnipeg, Canada
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2012

I was there a couple weeks ago definately the best italian restaurante i have ever been anywhere

The service was great our waiter's name was Alfredo he was very helpful and attentive.

We will be back for sure.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Arnaldo C
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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195 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Always great!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Year after year Trattoria never dissapoints! The breads, the cheese, the antipasto dishes...the best! The shrimp dishes are excellent as is the veal chop (best ever). The Romana salad is to die for! Ask for Alfredo, he is so much fun! And don't forget desert....WOW!!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank FunTravelerForSure
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New York City, New York
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71 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“No wonder this place is a favorite for locals”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We went to this restaurant with a group of Boca residents and loved it. The service was spot-on, the food was hot and flavorful and the ambiance was a bit loud but very comfortable. It was busy on a week night, full of locals. A real gem, would recommend.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Laura B
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