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“Rome's best-kept seafood secret”

La Caletta St.Peter
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Ranked #243 of 13,940 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 85 - US$ 205
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Il ristorante resterà chiuso per ferie dal 6 agosto al 2 settembre.
Reviewed 9 July 2018

While just over a block from Saint Peter's Basilica, La Caletta is completely off the beaten tourist track, being on the "wrong side" of the Vatican. Moreover, you could easily walk right by it without a second thought, but this would be a grave mistake--if you love seafood.

Rome has several excellent upscale seafood restaurants but few as understated, reasonably priced, and simply delicious as La Caletta. The fact that it is so easy to overlook also has preserved La Caletta from taking on any semblance of a tourist vibe. Mostly locals eat there, and people in the know.

It isn't just that this restaurant, under the watchful eye of its amiable proprietor Alessandro Gullotto, serves up a great meal with style. It also offers funky innovations (without going overboard) that give it a distinctive character.

A case in point is La Caletta's emblematic fresh oyster pairing with its signature gin and tonic. The oysters are served raw on the half shell and the G&T comes in a big-bowled wine glass with colorful fruit garnishes. The waiter will also provide you with an optional gin spray to complement your oysters, which can be used in place of the usual lemon squeeze.

The prices are remarkably reasonable (I disagree with the $$$$ rating), which is virtually unseen on the Rome seafood circuit. As an example, a glass of La Caletta's truly delicious house champagne--from a smaller producer rather than a major champagne house--costs just €12, despite the fact that the pour is as generous as any I have ever seen.

Oh, the shrimp zucchini rolls are so delicious you will want to weep.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Found this place on my way back from Vatican city. Very nice clean luxury environment with excellent sea food choices.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Great food with personal hospitality. Had sea food platter and pasta for lunch. Very pleasant place. Will surely come back

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

We were back a third time - outstanding. Absolutely best shrimp risotto EVER... finished off with a little brandy, creamy, rich and perfectly al dente. No one does fried calamari better - served with some fried zucchini and fresh mint leaves... not greasy at all. Fish main courses were very good esp the sea bass fillets with grilled green peppers somewhat like New Mexico Hatch peppers, nicely spicy. The local amber jack (ricciola) was a slight bit overcooked but still very delicious. Wine selections are very good at reasonable prices. Service is super personable and friendly - they remembered us from 6 months ago, even the table we had sat at. Alessandro is smooth as silk, and Tommy is there whenever you need anything.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have eaten at this restaurant 3 times prior to this visit.

We traveled with our oldest son and his family. This was their first meal in Italy.

The meal and staff were great again. They accommodated our granddaughters with-meal specially prepared for them.

Our seafood was very good!

Thank you

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Olemiss1970
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