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Giggetto al portico d'Ottavia

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Via del Portico d'Ottavia 21/a-22, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 686 1105
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:00
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Tue - Sun 12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:00
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243 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Giggetto sl Portico d'Ottavia is a restaurant where you should not book to early in the evening. Lots of Italians come here for dinner and they arrive late. So don't start before 20;00/20;30, if you like the restaurant to be a bit crowded. We had excellent Roman dishes, very traditional. And we loved the Carcioffi alla Giudia! As we were... More 

Thank Margrieta2013
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They put bread and water for pay without notifying. Fried artichoke is not tasty. Seafood was not cleaned. Not satisfied

Thank Ilia K
Axminster, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been strongly recommended to eat here but ended up rather disappointed. We were pleased to be able to eat outside but our waiter never seemed to have any 'table manners'. Dishes were plonked down at the side of the table rather than given to the person who had ordered it and no cooler was provided for our rose... More 

Thank Gillian G
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563 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's location is fantastic near the Octavian ruins in the former Jewish Ghetto. The restaurant is large and lacks personality. Worst was though that most of the waiters were incredibly rude and did push by the guests, letting us feel as if we intrude. Food was average at best, eg their specialty artichokes dripping in oil and chewy contrasting the... More 

Thank Matyas L
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate spaghetti at this place. The spaghetti was undercooked, not al dente, was so hard that it could stand by it's own. The sauce with it had a strong and bitter taste, as if it was cooked just for as shot time as the spaghetti. This is the worst place I've been dining at.

Thank KristianKristensen
Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Our first night in Rome, we were heading towards city center but decided to ask our driver for a recommendation and he suggested Giggetto. Clams and mussels were great appetizers. They were very flavorful. Main dishes we ordered were lamb chops, spaghetti carbonara, spaghetti with seafood, a fish (too many bones), fettuccine bolognese. All were fantastic. My lamb chop was... More 

Thank trammyn629
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is one of THE places for the famous Carciofi alla Judia (artichokes) but it has an interesting and ever-so-slightly different menu. It is a very popular place for families to meet for Sunday lunch which meant that we had to wait for an hour before coming back for our table (no problem - just go and enjoy a drink... More 

Thank JMEdQ
1 review
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Terrible service and cold food and expensive. Will never go back. It was one of the most famous places in Rome. Now it's just for tourists to rip off.

Thank Alessandra C
London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I have been here with some colleagues of mine and by word of mouth I believed this was a good typical restaurant Food was good by in any case I felt I was in one of this roman touristic places where you can give your clients any kind of food the atmosphere was quite ok, except for some other loud... More 

Thank wv83
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

When visiting Rome make it a point to eat in the Jewish Ghetto adjacent to the splendid synagogue. I had a business dinner at Giggeto al portico d'Ottavia and enjoyed it immensely. The fried artichokes were the best I had while in Rome. The fried cod fillet was excellent, as were the croquettes, caprese con bufala, and fettucine with porcini... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:00
19:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via del Portico d'Ottavia 21/a-22, 00186 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Ghetto
  • Neighbourhood: Ghetto
  • Phone Number: +39 06 686 1105

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Ghetto

Neighbourhood Profile
The mini-neigbourhood Ghetto holds tight to its reputation as a stand-alone area thanks to its nearly 300-year history as the home to Rome’s Jewish community. Times changed in the 20th century, but the tiny area still retains its mix of tradition, community, and history. Ancient and medieval architectural design frames apartments, bakeries, shops, and restaurants. Friends and families are the pulse of the neighbourhood, keeping company on the Via del Portico d’Ottavia. The Ghetto observes the traditional Jewish Shabbat: businesses close from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.
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