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“Decent food close to Vatican”

Ristorante La Vittoria
Ranked #1,644 of 13,939 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We went here for lunch after trying to get in Zizzo next door (the line was too long and we were too hungry to wait). We had 2 pizza margherita and one napolitano, plus drinks (including a beer). Pretty basic - you can of course do better, but a decent place if you’re hungry and in a hurry. I’m not sure what is the cover, but including that and coffee everything came to EUR 40 (approximately - we got a scribbled down check so I couldn’t make the writing). We won’t probably go back, better places elsewhere.

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Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Lots of good choices around where the food looked quite attractive. We chose this as it wasn’t crowded and we were tired and needed a table right away. Wrong decision!
The food was not tasty and service bad too. We had a eggplant bruschetta that was a small slice of bread with a floppy slice of eggplant. Tasteless.
The pizzas were no better either.

Thank swamiash
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Reviewed 21 July 2018

It hits all of criteria. Great food at a great price. Waiters are friendly and even indulged our textbook Italian. Spaghetti with Vongole was a highlight. For a casual and enjoyable bite to eat near St. Peter's Square, you can't go past Ristorante La Vittoria

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Reviewed 11 July 2018

We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of Beppe, a kind and friendly character in his 70's whom we had met an hour earlier in a children's playground, when he handed us a padlock, asking us to turn park custodian and lock up the playground when we left. Having arrived in Rome that morning from Bahrain, it was an amusing reminder of the casual approach that Roman's often take to shouldering responsibilities. Lured by the restaurant's proximity to our B&B and a promise that the owner would look after us if we mentioned his name, we gave it a try.

The pavement tables were full so we sat inside, which was no hardship, because the look and feel of the interior was traditional Italian - homely and elegant simplicity. The staff were warm and friendly enough and attentive even in our relatively isolated position.

The restaurant's proximity to the Vatican means that it very likely hosts a lot of tourists, and this is, in Italy, can sometimes mean you get a casual approach to meeting the high standards expected of Italian cuisine. Our orders, however, were straightforward enough - Margherita pizza for the kids, Risotto ai funghi for me, and a Bresaola, rucola e Parmigiano for the wife - so what could go wrong?

The pizza was as expected - a very ordinary Italian offering, which meant that it was delicious, compared to what you could expect in Bahrain. The risotto ai funghi was a bit of a disappointment. There was enough "riso" but very little "ai funghi", and the consistency was a little on the watery side. It's also not unreasonable to expect a small dish of Parmesan to be made available with such a dish, which wasn't the case.

But let's get to the real horror show - the Bresaola. When you make the effort to speak Italian to restaurant staff in Italy, such courtesy is usually met with a bit more effort on their part to please. I'd like to think that our waiter was oblivious to what he was bringing us, and would have done a Basil Fawlty on his chef had he been aware. At first, it appeared that we were being served a huge pile of bresaola. But hiding underneath the unceremonious beef blanket was the Parmigiano and the ...er... iceberg lettuce.

I've lived in Italy long enough to know how seriously Italians take their cuisine, and how proud they are that it conjures dishes that are so much more than the sum of their ingredients. Italians more than anyone would understand that replacing rucola with iceberg lettuce is a heinous move, akin to serving a pizza with pineapple on it. That they served a dish they listed as "Bresaola, rucola e parmigiano" with iceberg, rather than simply admitting they didn't have rucola, suggesting an alternative, shows a singular lack of respect to both customers and Italy's reputation for hosting.

We really should have said something to our waiter, but, inexcusably, we didn't - just as we didn't point out to Beppe that we had just arrived in the city that morning and didn't relish being handed the responsibility of locking up a child's playground so early in our holiday.

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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

On a school planned trip to Rome, my group found ourselves dining here many times throughout the week. I have tried Several different dishes and all were excellent. I strongly recommend the Toscanella for dessert!!!

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