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La Cucina Nazionale

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Esquilino
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Via Nazionale, 3 | Linea "A" - Metro - Repubblica station, 00187 Rome, Italy
+39 06 484452
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11:30 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015 via mobile

Ate here one Friday evening; didn't expect too much being a small pavement cafe like many others, but exceeded expectations; meal was good as was the wine - as I drink white I do like this nicely chilled and it was. Good menu for us Brits and Italians alike. Reasonable price too.

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Thank Sue P
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear Sue P thank you very much for sharing your review. We are glad you have enjoyed our food and hospitality. We have a few tables outside on the sidewalk, while we are able to accomodate up to 180 guests indoor. We are able to handle big parties and group dinners with no problem. Looking forward to welcoming you next... More 

Birmingham, Alabama
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200 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Beautiful location just a short walk from our hotel. Great food! Great menu. Some of the best Italian food we enjoyed in Rome

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Thank Mike O
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear Mike O thank you very much for posting your very good review about Cucina Nazionale. We are glad you spent a good time and enjoyed our food. Looking forward to seeing you again next time you are in Rome. Best regards More 

Glen Mills
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

We decided to try this restaurant since it was just area the corner from our hotel and we were tired from our flight in. Slow service, incorrect order, mediocre food, too warm in restaurant. They tried to push more food and dessert on our party of 15.

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Thank Genochemist
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear Genochemi we are very sorry you have not enjoyed our hospitality and honest food. Looking forward to welcoming you again. Best regards More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is placed in a beautiful location just a short walk away from the main attractions. The food is amazing and the first prawn risotto is to die for! Best Italian food we have had here so far!!

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Thank Ankita J
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear Ankita Jo thank you very much for sharing your experience in our restaurant. We are glad you had a great time at Cucina Nazionale. Best regards More 

Round Rock
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015

After checking into our hotel in Rome we went out to find lunch. We were looking for some place recommended on the map but took the wrong turn. Not willing to walk further, we double back and found this restaurant. This restaurant is located at the corner of Nazionale and Torino. It has a side walk area and an a/c... More 

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Thank Retire2020
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear Retire202 thank you very much for sharing your very good experience in our restaurant. We are glad you walked in and enjoyed our food and hospitality. Lookng forward to welcoming you again. Best regards More 

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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2015

This restaurant makes good consistent bistro style Italian offerings. The pasta is reasonably fresh, seasoned appropriately and served with a modicum of pride. The only issue I had with the place is that the outdoor seating is within earshot of an annoying traffic signal that incessantly beeps. Eventually you get used to it but they really need to work with... More 

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Thank vvfoodievv
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear vvfoodievv thank you for your very good comment about your experience with Cucina Nazionle. We appreciate your kind effort. About street noise, sorry but this is how the city is: lively, vibrant, full of travellers from every corner of the world. If you are looking for some relax, there are many spots of Rome, a bit far from the... More 

Northern California
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83 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015

Always had plenty of seats and the pizza was great, as was Nicoise salad. Great value and convenient location.

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Thank LizzieBennett
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear LizzieBen thank you very much for your great feedback! We are very happy that you loved our restaraunt. Good to hear you loved our Niçoise salad! Best regard More 

Arlington, Texas
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2015 via mobile

For the past two evenings we have dined at this great little spot. It's located on the beautiful Piazza Repubblica very close to the Metro. The food was very good and at the right price point. Prosecco and chianti at €5 a glass was a bargain as well as quite delicious! The best part was our waiter,Giovanni, whom we were... More 

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Thank Fly_girl226
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear Fly_girl2 we are happy you and your granddaughter had a great time in our restaurant. We are glad you have enjoyed your dinner and our hospitality. Thanks for recommending our restaurant! Besdt regards More 

Barnsley, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015 via mobile

NOT GOOD. We ordered and within 10 mins EVERYTHING came out starter main, thank God we didn't order dessert. THEN to cap it all they gave me the wrong bill which would have been 35 Euros more had I not checked it. It's a VERY busy location and the feeling was it was a case of get 'em in,throw the... More 

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1 Thank Paulke59
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear Paulke59 we understand your frustration and we apologize for any inconvenience. I assume you ordered a Combo plate, 3 samplings in one plate, this is why everything comes out at same time. Throwing food and insulting waiters is not acceptable. Maybe you watched too many TV shows with Gordon Ramsey. Best regards. More 

Hinckley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

Despite the reviews we went here for a snack and a drink because it was in the right place at the right time. Food was very disappointing. I actually left most of mine which was unheard of anywhere else. It was just too oily and unappetising. That said its a good place to watch the world go by whilst you... More 

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Thank sparkles109
Lorenzo M, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at La Cucina Nazionale, responded to this review

Dear sparkles1 we are sorry you have not enjoyed our food, please feel free to post a private message to let us know what you ordered, this would be very helpful for further investigation. Best regards More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$16
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts American Express
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 23:30
Monday
11:30 - 23:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:30
Thursday
11:30 - 23:30
Friday
11:30 - 23:30
Saturday
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Nazionale, 3 | Linea "A" - Metro - Repubblica station, 00187 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Esquilino
  • Neighbourhood: Esquilino
  • Phone Number: +39 06 484452
Description
Traditional Italian Restaurant delivering simple and delicious classic italian food: Spaghetti, Lasagna, Cannelloni...
The owners of the Cucina Nazionale, established the restaurant in 1936, and have become in the last 80 years a very special place for all romans and visitors looking for a quick, inexpensive and tasty meal.
Open every day 11:30am-11:30pm, no stop.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighbourhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighbourhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic centre. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
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