My favorite restaurant in Rome. I had dinner here twice in 2 days! Frutti di Mar is my absolute favorite. Wine is priced very well (1€ per glass).
It's so authentic.. the owner plays cards in front of the restaurant in the afternoon before they open for dinner. The employees were friendly and helpful, and the patrons were a mix of locals and tourists!
This little restaurant run by mom and dad serves basic dishes. The staff are friendly but their attention tend to slow off when orders have been given and additional sales are no longer in scope! For a quick low key meal at reasonable price it works.
The owner charmed us into dining here and then presented us with the oldest (older than the Roman Ruins) and worst food in Rome. The bread had mold, their signature dish (the Ravioli) was made with sauce that appeared to be from canned tomatoe sauce, and the beef slices with arugula smelled, looked and tasted like ragged old clothes of a hobo by the street. The house wine earned them the 1 star. As mentioned by the subject line: AVOID AT ALL COSTS
Just had our last meal in Rome at Da Vito e Dina.
Food was good but not anything to rave too much about. Here is what we ordered and our opinion. Let me start by saying we picked it based on yelp reviews and ordered based on the reviews as well so I had high hopes with these past reviews but overall kind of left a bad taste in our mouth.
-caprese: pretty tasty and will recommend
-seafood pasta: ok, good American portion but taste is just ok. Coming from LA we have our share of great Italian food.
-mushroom sausage pizza: not bad but not as good as other pizza we had during our trip at other restaurants.
Now onto overall experience.
Very American tourist filled restaurant. Every customer dining tonight on a sat was American and probably influenced by yelp. The staff spoke English well too which adds to the appeal for American consumer but leads me to believe it is not too authentic and they cater to traveling foreigners due to observations I note below.
They charge €2 for bread, €1 per person I believe. No asking us if we wanted just brought it out and landed on the final bill. We obviously did not say anything since we ate it. It's just, in America, it's free. If there is a charge we are usually asked if we want it.
Previous review by a patron said wine was €1 each which is not true. Ours was €3, which we ordered, landed on the bill, but never got the wine. So they took it off the bill when we paid.
Water: which is most likely tap, not new bottle, was €3. So either order wine or something else. I think though everywhere in Italy you get charged for "still" aka tap water :) so just be mentally prepared.
There are also violinists and musicians that come by your table if you sit outside soliciting money and one even has a child come by and solicit money for the gentlemen playing music. They come to each table sticking out a cup asking for money so be prepared to give, especially when a child stops at your table.
Overall the paying for bread, tap water, and awkward solicitation of sidewalk musicians does not make this restaurant something I would recommend to a friend visiting Rome. If you are looking for an ok meal I would suggest take out :)
Now get us outta here back home to the land of free tap water and free bread;)
Easy to find cute little spot close to the Vatican. Very local feel but plenty of foreigners as well. The service was nice, friendly staff. Maybe it was just what we ordered on this night, but the rigatoni with bacon was pretty flavorless and oily. The pizza on the other hand (sausage/mushrooms I believe) was pretty good, but could have been cooked a little bit longer as it was pretty wet/soggy, my guess too much juice from the mushrooms, otherwise good.
I was there for lunch. We took two little steak, one salad, one potatoes, one water, two cofees. Food was ok, nothing special I would say, price for two: 32 euros.
Avoid this restaurant at all costs.
Foremost, the staff was abusive and threw a check at us following our meal, two cardinal sins in the hospitality industry. This was a bit amusing as we were just about to go to the Vatican.
Now the context. We went to this restaurant looking for a decent meal after a day of walking around and before a visit to the Vatican. We had, up to that point, reasonably good experiences in Rome. We had eaten in San Lorenzo mostly but were pressed for time so we went to a spot in a more touristy area. Tripadvisor reviews had pointed us to Da Vito e Dina so we decided to give it a try. We walked into the restaurant and we sat next to each other because the place was empty. The server was trying to place us across from each other but it didn't seem to be an issue and he smiled, telling us it was ok. We ordered a pizza and some suppli which were both ok. The pizza was 7 euro and each suppli was 1 euro, presumably bringing our bill to 9 euro. A previous reviewer had mentioned the deceptive pricing mechanism where the restaurant charges 2 euro for bread that is never brought.
The check comes and here is where it gets weird and nasty. The server hands us a check with the following line items
Pan: 2 euro
Pizza: 7 euro
2x Suppli: 2 euro
Total: 11 euro
Now, we never got bread so I asked what the extra charge was for and they pointed to the table cloth that had some grease on it and said the charge was for cleaning the table cloth. We said we weren't going to pay for it and they started to scream at us and point to bread crumbs on the table and any stain that might have come from pizza grease. Mind you, this is an old Italian woman literally shouting at us at the top of her lungs. When we said this was unacceptable to charge us she threw the check at us and told us the meal was "gratis, gratis!" and shouted for us to leave and get out. We never raised our voices or were disrespectful at all. We merely stood our ground and mentioned that we didn't want to be charged for using a tablecloth and napkins. They then shifted their approach by saying that we were actually being charged because of the extra table cloth we used by occupying two tables. When we stressed that they made no mention of a charge for using a tablecloth they then shifted again to say that the charge was for the bread they bring you but are kind enough not to charge you for. We did not actually get any bread at our table, only the two suppli and the pizza.
So we went to the front and insisted on paying our bill. We paid the full 11 euro because if it meant paying nothing or paying the full amount we preferred to pay the full amount.
I cannot stress enough how imperative it is to avoid this place. No patron should ever be shouted at or have anything thrown at them. The proprietor was channeling Mussolini and it did not make for a fun experience.
We just finished having a wonderful dinner at this low key restaurant only a few blocks away from the Vatican. I checked yelp before deciding to make the reservation. There were excellent reviews about the place so we decided to give it a try.
Everything was perfect from the beginning: our waiter , Eduardo, recommended a few dishes : prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella, fettuccine with shrimp and zucchini and the spaghetti alli scoglio (with seafood) Unbelievable !!! Every bite melted in your mouth. When I thought that I could eat not another bite, my fiancé ordered saltimbocca romana ! Just delicious....
We ended the evening sharing a tiramisu and 2 espressos. Dina, the owner , brought a fantastic lemoncello on the house....A beautiful night:)
We will definitely come back when we are in Rome again.
Excellent food and Vito, Dina and family were wonderful people. This restaurant is very close too Vatican and recommended by USO -- we were immediately a little weary of it being too touristy--it wasn't. Plenty of locals among the minority non-Italians.
Appetizers were okay, but the Firsti and Secondi courses were superb! Reasonable wine list prices were a nice change from the meh vino de casa . . .
The excellent meals were complimented by the great service and friendly nature of Vito and Dina (Momma)!
Friendly, helpful English speaking staff, good menu and good pasta..
Try them...you won't be disappointed!
Came here at the recommendation of the USO Rome (just around the corner) and saw the Yelp sticker on the door. So far so good...
We arrived a little after the lunch hour; the staff was friendly but left us alone as we were the only patrons - the men played cards in the back corner. One of the staff came over and put in the WiFi code so we could have access; they never pushed us out the door after we were finished.
Spouse and I were a little famished from our tour of the Sistine Chapel and were looking for something quick and filling - we shared the bruschetta, she had the pizza with prosciutto, and I had the quattro formaggio. Both were good with the vino della case rosso...
Wish we could have gone back when it was a bit more lively!
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner on an outside table. The owner Vito ordered everything for us and we're glad he did. There was marinated calamari, artichoke, seafood pasta and fresh fish. I didn't think we could eat it all but we did.
And when we mentioned that we were from the Los Angeles area, Vito proudly showed us a LA Times article about his restaurant. It was quite old but the food experience is still memorable.
There are plenty of good food around this place. Word of advice to any travelers, ask if it's free. Even if it's stale bread, I mean beyond stale. It was so hard inside and out and they were charging for it. The owner will try to swoon you with his big personality. Don't fall for it! There are so many good restaurants! They got one star for having linen napkins.
We arrived in Rome at 7pm on a Sunday after more than 24 hours of traveling from Los Angeles...we were tired, we were hungry, and we realized our original dinner plan wouldn't work because they were closed on Sundays (something we overlooked in our planning).
A quick Trip Advisor search led us here, and we are SO lucky it did! We walked from our hotel in the rain, and didn't arrive until after 9pm, but were so glad their doors were still open! Vito greeted us in true Italian fashion...friendly and eager to hear where we were from (he proudly pointed to a review hanging on the wall from the LA Times). An American couple sitting next to us had been in Rome 4 days, and had already been here 3 times...they raved about most everything on the menu, so we knew we had little to worry about.
We started with some house red wine (YUM) and insalata caprese, which was delicious. For our main courses, I had spaghetti alla carbonara, and Boyfriend had a seafood dish I can't exactly recall--spaghetti, with mussels and possibly clams? Both were out of this world!! We lingered for a while, starting to feel like locals, and timidly practicing our Italian. At the end, we ordered some limoncello, which was on the house--a very nice & appreciated gesture. If we had spent more time in Rome, I assure you we would have gone back...alas, we were off to Tuscany early Monday morning. We will for sure be back next time, though!
I dined alone on a biz trip, and this place is food for the soul
The meal was like home cooking -- I had the spaghetti and seafood plate, and it was perfect. Chatted it up with a couple at the next table, took a few photos with Vito, Dina, said Ciao Ciao, and headed back to the hotel -- full, and happy. Don't be fooled by the place across the street with the fancy lights -- go to the hole in the wall called Da Vito e Dina.
Casual, family oriented, medium-small (a handful of tables outside, and 6 to 8 rows of tables inside). Vito is cooking. On a Saturday, a sunny warm day in late April, at 1PM the restaurant was half-empty, but by 2PM it was full.
For 2 people, we split a pasta (griglia e carciofi) which was fantastic and also split a saltimbocca, which was perfect with the bread. The house red wine is on the sweet side, but a great match to the food.
This is a family run place and is relaxing. We left full and happy.
The service was very nice. I would estimate that there were about 75% locals and 25% tourists. We tourists received the same friendly service (which is unusual anywhere). Pizza had a tasty crust and just the right amount of sauce and cheese. Veal was pretty good, but the restaurant still gets 5 stars for everything else.
The family and I were in Rome looking for an authentic Italian restaurant. Finding a positive review from Yelp on this place and realizing it was about 2.5 blocks from our apartment we hoped it would be what we wanted and boy was it ever. The service was very good. The food was very fresh tasting and delicious. We would definitely go back. The owner showed us a picture of himself from the LA Times when he was helping out the USO. Such a nice man and great restaurant!
Didn't love the food but I was a a fan of the cozy/friendly service and environment. The Caprese was delicious and fresh but my porcini pasta tasted a little weird and grainy - bordering on meaty. My husband had cheese ravioli which was good - sauce was a tad too sweet for my taste. Husband enjoyed the wine immensely and we soaked up the homey atmosphere. Nice meal for our first night in Rome!
casual, friendly service, food was OK and 1 liter house wine makes u happy easily, but spaghetti alla carbonara was really good. I'd go back just for that.
House wine is really great. 7 EUR for 1 liter. Awesome!!
Not sure what the fuss is about. I had the rigatoni with cheese and bacon. Oily and almost no Parmesan on it. Bacon was almost visible. Waiter duped me into adding tip with cash. (first day in Rome didn't know tip was included.) I waited a few days to review so I could have more dini g experiences. This was the weakest of all by far.
It's always difficult to eat in Rome close to tourist attarctions without being robbed...that was my view until meet Da Vito e Dina. A very good restaurant that is clearly runned by the family that between some personal fights deliver the best and for a very good price food! I do strongly recommend when you make your visit plan to the Vatican to squeeze a lunch or dinner at this restaurant
A lucky stumble away from our hotel around the corner from this family-owned and run spot. Ate here twice for dinner! It was that good. They don't speak much English, but enough to give us fantastic recommendations. Thinking about their bruschetta, bucatini, and house red wine is making me drool...
Served locals bread and bottled water. Well-aware that we are English-speaking tourists, skimped on the bread and served us tap water in a flask and charged us for "minerale water". Scam.
Visited this restaurant which is a few blocks from the Vatican during a recent trip to Rome. I went based on positive Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews. I ordered Gnocchi w/Mussels and Clams and my wife ordered Gnocchi in a Gorgonzola sauce. Both were great and very flavorful, especially the seafood one, which came in a tangy red sauce. This was one of the better places we ate while in Rome and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone in the Vatican City area.
A perfect end to a long day in Rome. The restaurant is nestled on a residential street 5 min from the Vatican. We were greeted outside by Dina herself.
We ordered one Suppli and the Bruschetta as appetizers. The brushetta came with two pieces of bread. Both appetizers were very good. I loved the bruschetta. The tomatoes were fresh and flavored to perfection, not too dry, not too oily. For dinner we ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara and a pizza (can't remember the name) with mozarrella and pruscitto. The carbonara was excellent. I loved the salty taste of the ham with the texture of the noodles with the egg mixed in.
We ate outside and there was always a waiter around. Even Vito & Dina wandered by several times. Service was fast and friendly.
There are many reviews from tourists, and the waitress was able to communicate in English, but it did not feel touristy. In fact, the couples on either side of us were locals. So glad we found this little treasure to celebrate on our last night in Rome.
Croquetta n spaghetti was good.so was the service
Great food and service! Their spaghetti with mussels and clams was really flavorful. I spent half the money and was the most satisfied! 20 euros each would feed you well!
We stayed at the fabulous Peace of Rome B&B and they recommended this restaurant. We loved it so much we ate here three times. Our exceptional waiter was Marco, although both Vitto and Dina made us feel like long lost family members and gave us special treats. You must try the homemade Buffalo Mozzarella - it was the best we ever had. All the pasta was wonderful. You must dine here at least once!
Great little restaurant after reading grand reviews. Vito recommended the spaghetti and seafood combo that had shrimp, clams, and octopus/squid and it was delicious. I had something like that in Boston once and this place made it 1000x better. A perfect combo of flavors. Not very fishy but very Italian. My wife had the ravioli with spinach and ricotta but wasn't blown away by it. We also started off with the bruschetta that had massive chunks of tomato and oil that made it very delicious. Don't forget to get the house wines, the red was the best.
If you are in Rome you need to go here. The food is fantastic and the price is cheap. You can step up for a bottle of wine but 8 euro for a liter of the house wine is the way to go. If Vito is there you have to sit with him after dinner and have a lemoncello. Was in Rome for 5 nights and eat here 2 nights. It is great.
Very good local restaurant. Not the hugh touristical one, but the one with real good food. Great value for money and typical Italian staff: loud and nice.
Best meal of the whole Italy trip. The food is just pure and fresh with right balance of favors. We had 4 dishes plus a pizza and all of it was just wonderful. The price is very reasonable.
If you are anywhere near by, give them a try. You will not regret it.
By the way, they open at noon for lunch.
The food is excellent and reasonably-priced, but the restaurant is cramped and was half full of (slightly loud) tourists.
This was definitely the best, most enjoyable meal I had while visiting Rome. Vito greeted us before we walked in the door and graciously ushered us to a table in the comfortable, homey seating area. The staff roundly warm and funny, like a big family (which they might have been, come to think of it!). All of this of course would be moot if the food wasn't up to par, but thank goodness this was far from the case. The house wine is robust, delicious, and served generously, just as a house wine should be. The gnocchi and oysters that I ordered was flavorful filling. Another reviewer described his meal as 'perfect'. I'm in the same camp. Thanks Vito e Dina, you've got me eagerly awaiting my next trip to Rome!
Searching Yelp helped us find this tiny but charming local Italian restaurant. Friendly staff, wonderful food and terrific prices. At the end they gave us an after dinner shot on the house and talked us into a local Tiramasu that was great. We had pasta, of course, we are in Italy, and it was done perfectly. We had a home made pasta with various fish and a veal dish and both were delicious. This place is way worth it
Our party of three ordered an appetizer, three main courses and two desserts. All the dishes were excellent! The portions were large and we were not able to finish everything. The prices are very fair when compared to other restaurants in Rome. The main dishes are in the 10 to 15 EUR range. The service is a bit slow, so expect to have a lot of time for conversation. Overall, this restaurant is highly recommended.
My first time reviewing anything on any website.. Ive been using yelp on my first euro trip now and I have great trust in all positive reviews so it brought me here. I'm not just jumping the bandwagon here. This place has great value for the food. My second time here now. Based on reviews got brucetta both times as an appetizer. As i took my time and completed my meal i found myself satisfied the first night here. I later found myself the next day thinking about how good the food was. I'm actually sitting outside in front of their front door right now waiting on my 2nd entree (of this dinner!)- spaghetti with bacon (waiter recommended). So far I've tried the buffalo mozzarella(tonight) and gnocchi with red peppers (first night)- both delicious. This place is clear cut quality. Don't know if you can go wrong with any dish. It's perfect for a solo traveler like myself, and judging from what I'm observing around me great for any party. Not at all fancy so come as you like. You would easily pass this place up by judging from the outside. All places around nearby seem nice and fancy, but sit down here and enjoy a great meal and comfortable experience. Halfway thru my spaghetti now and final verdict- quality consistency! Judge from your belly after your meal!
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