By far, this was the most memorable meal we had during our stay. After having had pizza and pasta for a couple of weeks, we wanted to have something different. We had read about their bakery in the 36 hours NY times article from 2010. I was also referred here by the Chef at the Italian restaurant at the Oberoi, Nariman Point in Mumbai.
We made a reservation (which you must do if you want to get in) and ask for Daniel - he was amazing. His knowledge of wines and food is outstanding.
We had an amazing dining experience - from the food, the wine to simply taking in the ambience of the restaurant.
I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a unique foodie dining experience. Don't look at the prices and enjoy your night on the town!
Foie Gras Starter: Yes, you should try this.
Salads: We had a spinach and an arugula salad, which for the rest of the trip, I had trouble finding. When I travel, I like to double up on my dark, leafy green intake and was pleasantly surprised by Roscioli's "variety" of salads.
Carbonara: I wouldn't order this dish because carbonara is a bit "heavy" for my taste. My travel companion insisted on carbonara, so alas, we ordered it. The only memorable part of the dish was the crispy pork cheek. I picked out all the juicy morsels of pork.
Pasta with clams: This was one of their specials and it was very tasty. Prepared with olive oil and herbs.
Tiramisu: Nothing to write home about.
Service: You'll be eating at least 2 pieces of bread from your bread basket before the waiter takes your order. The only reason I wasn't hangry was because of my jet lag.
I'm not the biggest fan of pasta so I may not have fully appreciated how delicious the food is at Roscioli.
Let me preface this review by saying that I had Roscioli on my list of 'must try' places based on the combined reviews of Yelp + Trip Advisor, and on the recommendation of two local food bloggers. If I were rating this place on service only, they'd get one star out of five. Read on.
Location: Just off of Campo dei Fiori - but if you're using Google maps, you may want to check the address with a local because Google sends you in the wrong direction.
The place: It's not very big (upstairs) but the layout is nice and they do seem to have a downstairs seating area as well as a bar. I base this assessment on the mysterious appearance of various people poking their heads from around a corner, throughout my meal. I really like the decor - it's modern but has an old-school feel to it. They showcase some great art as well.
The service: I won't sugarcoat - it sucked. When I walked in and asked in Italian, for a table for one, there was a lot of discussion about whether or not I was going to get a table. I kept hearing 'due' which leads me to believe they weren't crazy about giving me a table because I was solo. This is despite the fact that the upstairs area had pretty much cleared out by the time I arrived. Not impressed. I finally got a table and was given a menu. I was in the restaurant for maybe an hour and I couldn't wait to get the hell out of there. There was no friendliness whatsoever from the waiter and in fact, every time he walked by me, he looked at me like he wanted to kill me. No, that's not an exaggeration. I was very uncomfortable, and I found his attitude both rude and inconsiderate. Now, I didn't go in there wearing torn jeans and a see-through tank top - I was coming back from the Vatican and was well-dressed. So, I don't know what this guy's problem was other than being a self-important douche bag.
The food: After I put my order in, I was briskly given a basket of bread and later, an antipasto on the house (everyone gets this). The antipasto was pretty much dumped on my table as the waiter walked by. Very damn classy. Anyway, this consisted of marinated vegetables: Cippolino, carrot, bell pepper and some salumi. I very much enjoyed the dish - the vegetables were fresh, delicious and didn't taste like vinegar at all. They were perfect. I eventually got my main dish - short pasta with butter and Parmesan. The pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce was delicious - not rich or too salty. This turned out not to be a heavy dish at all. The butter combined with Parm made for a nice mix of both mild and strong tastes. When I was done, the waiter brought some biscuits and melted chocolate - also on the house. I had no room to finish this but it was a nice touch.
Price point: Well that depends - if I had received great service then I would say it was pretty good. But considering that I did not, I'll let you judge for yourself. It's not overly expensive but I like a side of courtesy when I eat out. I mean, the service is part of the experience.
I debated giving this two stars but the quality of the food was great and the added touch of antipasto and dessert on the house was well-received. But would I go back? Meh - not unless the wait staff has been trained in customer service.
The mozzarella is to DIE FOR. It's amazing at how fresh and beautiful they are. Large fresh buffalo mozzarella balls oozing with creamy goodness. The cheese isn't too thick where you'll need to down a glass of water (or a glass of wine). Yet they're not running like milk. And the tomatoes add a refreshing touch to the homemade mozzarella balls. In addition, they're worth the price you pay.
The sardines are an excellent appetizer. They're decent in size (not the shrimpy ones but an ample size to get the full taste of the fish). The sardines are soaked with flavor & have enough meat so that you'll be able to munch on something. Say "bon apetit", my friends!
The carbonara is a must-get. Homemade pasta swimming in a symphony of creamy sauce (with a touch of egg, might I add) and topped with bite-size bits of thick cut bacon. Delicious. Savory. Beautiful in every way.
The restaurant is within the Roscioli shop and provides an intimate setting. There are only a few tables & you are able to browse in this foodie heaven as you await to be seated. The Roscioli shop is tucked away in an alley in Centro Storico.
I recommend making reservations. If you're late, they do hold your table for quite some time. If you don't make a reservation, it'll be hard to get a table... You might have to wait as the size of the restaurant isn't so large.
It was all delicious - and the service was outstanding!! Our waiter was Daniel - and he was the nicest guy - and was very helpful with the wine list - really made us feel at home. Put yourself in the waiter's hands and he won't disappoint. All the pastas were great - perfectly cooked and sauced. The burrata very fresh - but the semi-dried cherry tomatoes "stole the spotlight" on that dish! The best food experience of this trip: the food + the hospitality = A meal to remember!
This is the new bar for everything italian food. The cheese, meats, and bread were delicious. The carbonara has official become my death row meal and the standard from which all others will be judged. Make a reservation because this place is hard to get into but worth it.
Another must visit on a trip to Rome. They have an impressive selection of meats and cheeses here. Amazing.
Amazing in every way! Must have the MATRICIANA O AMATRICIANA - absolutely delicious! If possible, wine cellar table is great for a romantic meal, or dine upstairs for more lively atmosphere or for families. Perfetto!
This place is as good as it gets in Rome for a casual meal. I could repeat all of my comments from 2010 plus add that it is getting harder and harder to get in to this beloved establishment. I try to arrive on the early side of lunch or dinner to get the best chance.
Assolutamente di assagiare: le paste carbonara o caccio e pepe.
Ok, that's as far as my Italian can go, but that packs a punch.
A gourmet deli would be an understatement to describe Roscioli. it's not just a grab and go type a place, there's a sit down restaurant in the back. Their salumeria is stocked with nothing but the best stuff: salami, prosciutto, jamon iberico, etc. A wall of wine on the first floor showcasing Italian/French/other European varietals is an extension of their already impressive cellar. Everything on the menu lists what region or town your food came from which you would not find at any given touristy restaurant on nearby Campo di Fiori.
Stylish Romans and savvy tourists make reservations for dinner. We stopped by for lunch and since it was close to 2pm, we only had to wait 10 mins for seats.
If you're on a budget, it's possible to enjoy their pasta and have a glass of wine for €24. But this is a splurge for my bf and I. We ordered everything: prosecco, e grande piatte i prosciutti, il pane, le paste and guess what? FOIE GRAS!
And coming to Italy, I expected a lot of salumi, etc. but I did not expect foie gras on the menu (which is now banned in California!) their version is a carpaccio style with a cippoline agro dolce of aceto from Lamponi. I was sad with the two small slices! But we paired this with the excellent walnut bread from the bread basket. Oh, don't EVER wave the bread basket away since they make it fresh from their own forno down the street.
The carbonara was an eggy golden color with crispy chunks of guanciale. Also, the cacio e pepe was a magical plate of creamy pecorino cheese and freshly grated pepper. I've never had pasta so perfectly prepared!
The complimentary fresh ricotta cheese neutralized some of the powerful effect of their prosciutto al nero. It was a generous serving of the most fragrant cured ham, a rich dark burgundy color with slim ribbons of lardo that just melts in your mouth!
We were too full to order dessert but our server gave us crunchy amaretti cookies complete with a rich, dark melted chocolate for dipping. OMG. I was stuffed to the gills and my foodie self was wholly satisfied!
By far our priciest meal in Rome (about €47 per person, tip NOT yet included) but worth every single centavo! Meraviglioso, ma caro but can I just say, Viva Italia!
The wine and food tasting at Roscioli is kinda out of control. I didn't know much (ok, anything...) about wines or traditional Italian food before I came. The guy who runs it, Alessandro, is the head sommelier of Roscioli, which is (I found out from friends who have lived in Rome for a long time) famous in Rome for having awesome food and wine.
I watched a video of Anthony Bourdain at the place and wanted to check it out. Alessandro opened maybe 10 or 11 bottles (he does things on the fly, and as we were all talking and learning and of course drinking and eating tons of food out of the crazy good Roscioli kitchen, he decided to open different bottles...)
Anyway, I went to another wine tasting and they didn't have food, which I'm coming to understand is especially important with Italian wine. Totally different if you drink the wines without, and then with, different foods. Alessandro talked a lot about why each food goes with which (cheeses that you have to eat the day they're made, different kinds of prosciutto and sausage, a local pasta dish, bread from the Roscioli bakery, dessert and a sweet wine to finish it off, etc.)
This is quite a place. Can't say enough good things about it. Alessandro is a great story teller, the atmosphere is chill, and cool people seem to be attracted to it. Learned much more than I thought I would. Ate and drank a lot of pretty incredible food and wine.
A reservation will get you seated in the dungeon
Why is our waitress such a curmudgeon?
The appetizers are amazing and unique.
The burrata here is delicious, my interest is piqued...
Only to be let down by so-so food
Did I see our waitress crack a smile?
Nope, she's still got an attitude.
And to top it off?
No soft drinks here- just wine and water.
Excuuuse us for asking such a stupid question.
Roscioli? I'm sorry I ever bothered.
Cacio e pepe here is suuper overrated- if you insist on still coming here, try something else!!!
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I'm a little bit torn about this place because it was so highly recommended by a friend of ours who touted their Caccio e Pepe and Carbonara pastas but the overall experience was a bit of a letdown due to last minute reservations that put us in a tight, cramped corner next to a meat slicer and the tepid/unenthusiastic service. The pastas were both good but extremely rich which might be their natural characteristics considering both pastas have quite a bit of cheese in them and the latter, eggs also. I can't compare the Carbonara pasta to anything else in Rome since it was the sole place I tried it at but I preferred the Caccio e Pepe at Felice a Testaccio. But then again if you ask three different locals where the best restaurant for a specific pasta is, you'll get three different answers. To each their own!
A few notes about Roscioli- it's a combination of a gourmet goods store and restaurant with a downstairs dining area. They carry some of the best foodstuffs made in all of Italy, very high end and of excellent quality. The also have an extraordinary cache of wines so if you're looking for something extraordinary to taste, drink, or gift, I'd say Roscioli is a good bet.
We were a bit disppointed with our experience at Roscioli. It was highly recommended by a friend of ours (and he is in the restaurant business), so we were looking forward to our dinner here.
It's a deli/restaurant, but not as casual as you'd expect. It's pretty upscale, and the prices reflect that. Certainly not too expensive, but not too cheap either.
We had the fresh burrata (can't go wrong with that), gnocchi with tomato sauce, pasta carbonara (when in Rome), and roman meatballs. Didn't care too much for the texture of gnocchi, it was really mushy with no bounce. On the other hand, the pasta carbonara was a little too al dente, to the point of being undercooked and a little hard. The guanciale (or bacon) is delicious, so crispy and thick that it makes the dish, but overall not as great as I thought it would be. Meatball was nothing special.
They overcharged us for the bottle of wine we ordered, and when it was pointed out, they fixed it quickly. Maybe our expectation was a little too high, but if we are ever in Rome again, I'd skip this place.
My 400th review is probably my favorite meal on earth. It was so good, we went back for a 2nd visit while on our trip to Italy. There are certainly things not to like (cramped seating, seated next to deli cases, rude, pain in the ass waiters) but ignore all that. Get a table, order the burrata and sun dried tomatoes to start. Enjoy the most magical, rich, creamy ball of cheesey goodness. Heck the tomatoes may even be better than the cheese. Next, order the Amatriciana or the Carbonara. Eat slowly and and savor what I can only describe as bacon cotton candy. I don't know what the heck they do to the guanciale here, but it is crisp on the outside yet melts into a salty goodness in your mouth. It is unbelievable really.
Oh, don't ignore the bread basket, because that bread comes from their forno (bakery) down the street and is amazing. For our second courses I had the steak and my wife had the sea bass. My only complaint the whole night would be that these dishes got hit with a little too much salt. Both were over-seasoned. Great wines here too and at very reasonable prices. No room for dessert either time but they still bring you some cookies and chocolate dipping sauce just to top it off.
Make a reservation, don't miss out. Best meal I have ever eaten.
hubs and i made a reservation for dinner online, but when i got to the restaurant, the hostess said she did not see our reservation on her list. however, she said we can sit, so long as we turned the table over in 2 hours. we already knew that when we made the reservation, so i don't know why she insisted on telling us again.
when we sat down, we were brought a basket of bread and water. we ordered wine by the glass and then shared the burrata w/ semi dried cherry tomatoes (love the tomatoes) and the insalata of asparagus and mangoes w/ tuna puree on the side. before we got our apps, we were given a small amuse bouche of zucchini soup. mine had a piece of deliciously tender octopus while my husband's was veg.
then came our entrees. he got the cacio e pepe, which they are known for, and i got a spaghetti w/ tuna, b/c i wanted something lighter. both pastas were delicious and perfectly al dente, but my husband thought his was heavy and cheesier than he would have liked.
we were too full for dessert, but they brought us some cookies w/ chocolate sauce for dipping. that was the perfect way to end the meal.
food was good, but service was not great. also, when we got the bill, we saw that we were charged 3 euros for bread, even though we were not given a choice to order it. lastly, the hostess can learn to put on a smile when greeting patrons, even if she doesn't think they have a reservation.
The food and wine are fantastic and reasonably-priced, and the atmosphere is rustic and cosy. Service is friendly enough, and they sometimes offer a complementary antipasto. My absolute favorites have been pork with lemon preserves and the mixed salume platter. Their bread is quite good too. We made the mistake of ordering the red tuna only to find that it is canned. I was shocked that they served such rubbish as most of the food is top-notch. Go with pork and you won't be disappointed!
Combination deli and wine bar with tables in the back. Modern atmosphere, a bit dark, in an old stone building complete with basement and more tables.
The deli is impressive in its quality, although we didn't have time to thoroughly explore it; ditto for the wine selection. It's not a big place, but they put effort into it, and it shows.
Service is excellent, the artichoke hearts are very well done (although best described as "interesting" if you're not familiar with Italian-style artichoke hearts), the goat cheese and veggie appetizer takes a plain dish and does a great job.
Pastas are excellent; I was thoroughly satisfied with the La Martriciana o Amatriciana; spiced bacon here was the best I'd had on the trip. I forget what the other dish was, but while good it wasn't as outstanding.
Biggest killer here? Price. It's a nice place, and well worth it for the location, food, and atmosphere, but still not something to go to casually-- food, no wine, came out to EUR 62 plus tip.
I agree with Josh S. We had the carbonara, and he's right, that bacon is totally amazing! That was a great last meal before leaving Rome!
OMG. If you're in Rome at all, you MUST go here.
We lived in at the apartment next door for a week and have wondered about the people visiting this place. We haven't gone in (it looks like a salumeria from the front), but then I read the menu and I fell in love. I made a reservation a few days before we left Rome and after having eaten here I still cannot forget the place.
Everything we ate was so good. (I'll modify this review once I get a hold of pictures I took of all we ate). Don't leave without buying some jars of their own brand of sun dried tomatoes and the peppercorns that they use for their dishes.
Thinking about this place makes me sigh with happiness and long for another trip to Rome.
We were fortunate enough to be able to make a reservation here during our 1 night stay in Rome. I was dying to try their cacio e pepe, which I heard was among the best. There were four of us and two of us had a hard time finding the place. The restaurant was very gracious about allowing our friends to sit at the table until we all arrived. Service was friendly and efficient, we had a lovely table in the back. Afterwards, we bought cheese in the "deli" at the front of the store and they cryovac'ed it for our trip home. Highly recommended!!
This was our first dinner during our stay in Rome and easily the best (thanks to Mario Batali for recommending it on his website!). You can tell a restaurant is good when there is a line outside the door at 6:30 when the restaurant opens at 7. We shared two apps--the mortadella was phenomenal. I've never tried anything like it. It actually melts in your melt. And it's topped with Parmesan cheese--what's better than that?! We also shared the mozzerella which, as everyone has mentioned, is delicious. The anchovies were were perfectly paired with it. We chose a chianti wine with our dinner which the waiter applauded. They also gave us dessert on the house. Amazing meal, do not hesitate on this restaurant! We also came back a few days later for their pizza down the street. The mozzerella pizza was good but the mushroom and sausage was even better. I would go back to Rome just to eat here again!!
Wonderful place with perhaps the best carbonara ever. While the restaurant often is booked a long time in advance for dinner, we dropped by for lunch and found a table available. The dining room is located back behind the cured meat and cheese counters. The salumari by itself is worth the visit but don't stop there, have lunch (or dinner). We started with roman artichokes and rocket for a salad, followed by a great pasta carbonara and then a plate of cured meats. Very highly recommended.
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