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Reviewed 11 December 2023

Al Bajniero, Via Gastone Maspero, Ostia Antica, Rome From March20-on the Covid-19 pandemic that impacted Italy (and the entire world) brought a measure of realization of just how quickly existing social networks that had once seemed so reliable/firm could quickly become fragile and no longer...available. The issue becomes one of making an effort to get out, to explore, to share and to enjoy. Reflections of this kind took us back to Rome in 2022 when the planes began to fly again. and also for the current year. We tend to enjoy the familiar and, in both cases, we made a point of returning to the Al Bajniero Restaurant to recapture the pleasure of the venue, foods and services with local friends whom we have known over many years. You could say much the same about Mine Host Roberto (and his son too); the memories of those earlier times and places. It’s the way things frequently work out with friendly communities - local restaurant and local clientele - except that the hotel next door also provides a regular stream of international diners to Al Bajniero. The restaurant is next to the Ostia Antica Park Hotel – a popular venue for the passing tourist trade with cars and coaches parked outside and/or a stop/over for those arriving from or travelling to Fiumicino Airport 10 km away. Check out the >300 TripAdvisor reviews of which 20% are foreign travellers; note the emphasis upon the high quality of the foods, the value for money and the excellent services provided. On the other side of the restaurant, away from the hotel, is a quiet residential area of modern Ostia Antica. Further away there’s farmland that extends all the way to the Tevere river. As we’ve said before (and this is our fourth review of Al Bajniero - and the first post-Covid-19) it is the traditional Italian cuisine that attracts. Evenings following the heat of the day spending time/eating in spacious open-air restaurants is an opportunity not to be missed – taking full advantage of the summer climate at its best in Rome. Dining al fresco in the large courtyard outside the Al Bajniero is not to be missed whether you’re a first-time visitor or you’ve been many times before. There is little enough traffic on the Via Gastone Maspero outside but, in any case, the courtyard has a high brick wall along the roadside – neither parked cars nor those travelling on the road are visible from the courtyard. The restaurant is quiet – romantic even with the fairy lights strung from the trees around. We ordered drinks – sometimes an occasional beer or more frequently, una caraffa di vino rosso della casa o/e acqua frizzante to share with the table whilst exploring the menu. Menu or not, most people in our group tend to eat the same preferred meals from week to week. Mine was a spaghetti alle vongole. Others order pizze, insalate o frutti di mare alternativi – calamari, gamberi, pesce alla griglia, ecc. Sometimes a preferred choice is not available – and the cameriere will suggest an alternative. Again, typically, most people tend to pass on the dolce – antipaste are usually preferred - sitting over the last of the drinks before heading inside to pay at the cassa. And, if there’s a couple of slices of pizza remaining after the meal, there’s the porta via option and a light lunch the following day. The costs of meals at the Al Banjiero are always competitive. In fact, we ate our evening meal twice at the Al Bajniero during August this year and, each time, we paid E30 for the pair of us – food and drinks – which represented excellent value. In summary then. Service is always good - with the cameriere greeting/exchanging/bantering/etc. with the group at the table when hovering over the menu, delivering meals and removing plates; providing a constant dialogue that comes from knowing his/her clients over many years. Food was delicious and full of flavour - just the right kind that reminds you why simple Italian cuisine of this kind has travelled the world. We even got to share a few words with Mine Host during our meals in August. Peter Steele 11 December 2023More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

Local restaurant/pizzeria, close to hotel Ostia Antica. Accomodated us without reservations. Good food, lots of menu options... you know it's good when the locals eat there. Busy on weekends and they provide event services so staff is occupied. Pasta selections were good and pizzas thin...& tasty. Also enjoyed a nice tiramisu for dessert Recommend, especially for hotel guests.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 12 May 2023 via mobile

Inclusive menu. Nice appetizer of buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes. Good choice of pastas and pizzas. Good service. An enjoyable experience.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2022

We ate here two nights in a row it was so good, the food is delicious and absolutely AMAZING value - we had focaccia, pasta, pizza, wine and soft drinks and still didn't spend over 40 euro for 2 people. A definite recommendation when in...Ostia Antica.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 August 2022 via mobile

We were extremely lucky to find ourselves staying right next door in Ostia Antica Park Hotel. At first we were a little disappointed because after a very long drive from the south of Italy we were looking forward to going there for lunch as online...it stated they were open at lunch. That wasn't the case. They don't open until 7pm. Nevertheless,  we waited,  and it really was worth the wait. A very simplistic restaurant with no frills and very friendly staff who made every effort to speak English. A lovely open area on pebbles with simply laid tables and plenty of shade. There is also a very large indoor area, but we chose the outside as it was a perfect summer evening. As I was dining with my five year old daughter I already knew what kind of thing she wanted to eat and I found exactly what she wanted on the menu. Grilled chicken breast with chips, very adventurous! I on the other hand, love to look through the menu and chose something a little different but I couldn't face another bowl of pasta or Italian Pizza on our first visit as I made sure I had my fair share the prior 10 days in Italy, so I chose a Tagliata Di Manzo (slices of beef steak) with vegetables and a beautifully fresh salad. Washed down with a medium draft beer for me, a peach ice tea for my daughter and naturally when in Italy, una bottigla di aqua frizzante (fizzy mineral water). Our second visit was just as satisfying, as Antipasto fior di zucca for me (fried courgette flower) and tomato bruschetta for my daughter, followed by Cotoletta a la Milanese for my daughter, and Spaghetti alle vongole for me washed down with a small jug of white wine. When I say little is more, it really is. They don't pretend to be anything they are not and the food is lovely. Just being served on plates that are mismatching just like you would have eaten on at your grandparents house made you feel at home from home. Food didn't need to be artistically presented as just the meals were more than enough to make up for it. Everything was fresh, you could taste the love that was put into the cooking and its always something when you find the place full with locals. There were tables of about twenty people and local families who had come to dine with each other, all laughing and enjoying their family time. To anyone who happens to be staying in the area, make sure you come and eat here, have a look at the menu, there is so much to choose from. If you appreciate food as much as I do, then you certainly will not be leaving disappointed. It would be my pleasure if you joined my bog on f.a ce book; My Curious AppetiteMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

Bad service, mediocre to inedible food. My daughter & I were recommended here by our neighboring hotel, it was terrible. The service was OK for us, but comically bad for a couple of tables near ours. They were clearly understaffed. Some people finished eating before...others were served… just bad. I ordered the Grecian pasta. It was so over salted I could only eat a few bites. I had so little confidence that I didn’t request a replacement meal, although I did tell the staff it was inedible. My daughter’s gnocchi had very fluffy pasta, but mediocre sauce. She enjoyed it enough, but the overall experience was pretty bad.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 August 2021

We had very nice authentic Italian dinner in our last day in Rome. The owner Roberto was very nice with us.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 18 September 2020 via mobile

Excellent fresh food, we had seafood for all courses, and wine; most of all delightful, helpful but very efficient staff, our waitress spoke very good English too and her advice was perfect.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 19 January 2020

Stayed at the nearby hotel and up until the penultimate day of our stay we had been eating in the tourist trap restaurants near the sightseeing stuff in central Rome. Who knew that this absolute gem was right on our doorstep! The food was delicious....This is my second stay in Rome and the food I’ve had at this restaurant was in a different league to everywhere else. I got the impression that it was run by a local Italian family and they clearly took a lot of pride in their cooking. My partner had a carbonara and i had a pizza. The Carbonara was the best pasta dish I’ve ever tasted. Next door to the restaurant was a function space and there was an event on where they were playing live music so it made the atmosphere really buzzy and I felt like I was taking in some of the local culture. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent- they didn’t speak a lot of English but that’s 100% my problem. The biggest shock though was when the bill came over. I was sat there in a food coma after me and my partner had ordered 3 courses each, a coffee each and a bottle of wine to share. €48 euros for the lot. I had paid over double that for less food & less quality the day before! If you stay at the Ostia Antica hotel, this hotel is an absolute mustMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 19 January 2020

Came here for dinner and it did not disappoint! The food was second to none. The staff were attentive and accommodating. Excellent service and even better food! They had a dinner dance happening in the room next to us which was so lovely to watch...while we enjoyed our dinner. The price was beyond reasonable. We’ve paid a lot more for poorer quality. Would 100% recommend. We are very lucky to be staying next door, but for people staying in central Rome; it is well worth the trip.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 24 September 2019

Al Bajniero, Ostia Antica, Rome Follow the reviews on TripAdvisor and this will be the third time in three years that we’ve explored the venue, foods and service with friends at Al Bajniero. It’s just the way things go – the pleasure of sharing a...table and, equally, the pleasure of capturing the people, place and memories of doing so. Summer evenings in Rome represent living out-of-doors and none more so than when eating at a popular local restaurant. We have memories of many pleasant evenings dancing at the Al Bajniero – at other times of the year and indoors in the large ballroom that runs alongside the inside dining room. Summer-time dancing, however, had usually taken us to Fiumicino – open to the night sky, adjacent to the beach/ocean. It was our second time at the Al Bajniero in less than a week; Tuesday evening and we had been there the previous Friday (we would rather have been dancing, but it had rained and the venue had been cancelled). We arranged the second venue from the first with the same couple and, crucially, we were joined by a mutual friend of long standing who had just returned from Dubai. We’d not seen her in a couple of years notwithstanding the many times shared earlier -dancing, skiing holidays and, one time, a Mediterranean cruise. We later found out during the meal that we had been in the same place at the same time but had not known it at the time – mid-June in Dubai - and you don’t bump into people wandering the streets there at that time of year. Al Bajniero is on the Via Gastone Maspero and next door to the dominating presence of the Ostia Antica Park Hotel – the haunt of the package tourists and their ubiquitous coaches – there are always half-dozen parked outside this time of year. Immediately passed the hotel, however, the road is quiet with parked cars and suburban houses before it curves through 90 degrees and runs alongside a narrow drainage canal. Behind the wall to one side is the courtyard/dining area of the Al Bajniero. Suburban Ostia Antica is quiet-quiet. We sat outside in the courtyard (both times) with water and small carafe of house red on the table whilst we mulled over our choices – mains: two salads, two marinara pizze (picante, of course) and one pasta. We shared a couple of antipaste – olive oscalana and a couple of suppli (fried rice/risotto ball mixed with all kinds of stuff – tomato sauce, cheese, mozzarella, etc.). For dolce we enjoyed chunk of watermelon each. We’d been optimistic with the antipaste and more than half a pizza was left over for that doggy-bag – half one salad too. The salad never got eaten later, but the pizza was fine after a few minutes in a hot oven the next day – lunch on the tail end of our evening meal. Service was good – it always is - with the cameriere greeting/exchanging/bantering/etc. with the people at the table when delivering meals and removing plates - providing a constant dialogue that comes from knowing his/her clients over many years. Food was delicious and full of flavour; just that right kind of appreciation that reminds you why simple Italian cuisine of this kind has travelled the world. We even got to share a few words with Mine Host. We paid €59.50 for the five of us – so €12/meal; good value when eating quality foods and sharing a couple of hours with friends at a comfortable restaurant. Peter Steele Rome 10 August 2019More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 20 January 2019

Al Bajniero, Ostia Antica, Rome Check out the earlier review of the Al Bajniero (from July 2017) and you’ll see reference to the dancing that features there for much of the year – excepting the summer/holiday months when local dancing shifts into the open and,...if the sea is within reach, then beachside open. The social festivities of dancing into the evening with nothing except that stars/night sky above you – comfortable table, meal/drinks available – and people whom you know (if sometimes only vaguely) at the other tables located around the floor – provides those summer images of Italy at its best. Dancing is a family&friends week-end activity – ‘nonne e nipoti e tutti in mezzo’. It’s how we came to find ourselves at Al Bajniero way back – we had followed Mine Host (il mio ospite?) to Ostia Antica from an earlier dance/restaurant place in Casal Palocca and then spent as much time there – dancing, as we’d done earlier at the original place; sharing the venues as-it-were. Al Bajniero offers better facilities – spacious dance floor and better restaurant (with that romantic open-air option too). Mid-August, however, and we were into our dance routines at a place outside Fiumicino; great evening venue with table service and menu to suit – popular local foods with popular prices. Live music. So, no dancing available at Al Bajniero tonight – a Tuesday, but we did have the option of a relatively empty dining room inside with air/con to escape the residual heat of the day. Quiet. Easy to talk. Our friends had called us from the restaurant – had we already eaten that evening? We had not. We were just around the corner, and it took little more than 10 minutes to lock up, hop in the car and join them. Second time here this month; we’d sat outside in the courtyard first time. Inside there was. seating for around 60 people at scattered tables in a long dining room adjacent to the dark empty dance hall next door. Around two dozen diners. Eat here at other times of the year and some nights there’s dancing and a set meal (three plates - antipasta, primo & dolce) at tables at either end and to one side of the hall with the dance floor in the middle. Buy a meal/dance ticket. Not a dancer? You can still eat in the restaurant and watch the people dancing though the glass windows set in the wall. We passed on the antipasti and opted for primi piatti – pasta choices for the four of us - that popular favourite ‘spaghetti alle vongole’ with a bottle of acqua minerale frizzante to share. The plates came heaped with a mix of pasta, cherry tomatoes & clams with a garnish of herbs in olive oil. Our friend delved into her handbag for that small tube of pepperoncino (di Cayenne – hot/chili pepper) that she always carries to further spice up her/our meals and shared it round. You have to add it with care or the meal becomes inedible. We finished with caffe espresso. Service was good – it always is - with the waiter (son of Mine Host) delivering meals, removing plates and providing a constant dialogue that comes from knowing his clients over many years. Food was delicious and full of flavour; just that right kind of appreciation that reminds you why simple Italian cuisine of this kind has travelled the world. We even got to share a few words with Mine Host – he was at the checkout register when we were ready to pay/leave. We paid €50 for the four of us – so €12.50/meal; good value when eating quality foods and sharing a couple of hours with friends at a comfortable restaurant. The first time that we’d eaten at the Al Bajniero this summer – when we’d sat outside – it was a Saturday and the place was busy – we’d shared a long table part of a group of 14 with the majority eating pizza although there were a handful of contorni/antipasta plates to share as finger food. People were offering a slice or two of their pizza to neighbours as they finished their meal – for the novelty of that different taste. A narrow table means that you have to get up and move around if you want to talk comfortably with people beyond those next to you. Otherwise it’s a case of raising your voice, and the table gets boisterous as the levels in the carafes fall. Costs came to €15/person once the plates & drinks had been added up – so €30 for the two of us. Good value and typical of local restaurants when the majority diners are regulars from Ostia Antica and surrounding suburbs – but not always, for people wander in from the Ostia Antica Park Hotel next door. The hotel is a popular stopover for late evening arrivals and early morning departures from/at Fiumicino Airport 4 km down the road, with the more adventurous turisti/viaggiatori venturing out for their evening meal. It’s a great place to introduce yourself to the city or to enjoy that last evening meal of your Roman holiday. . Peter Steele November 2018More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 December 2018

We were staying at the Ostia Antica Park hotel which is right next doork and went here for dinner. The food was bery good and the service was friendly.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

We stayed at the hotel next door but came here for dinner. The food was delicious. We both had pizza but there was plenty other choices on the menu. Not sure if this was cheaper than the hotel or not, but it was really good....Wine was €8 per litre, same price as we paid in the centre of Rome. I think this is like a community centre as there seemed to be some kind of catered events in different areas. There's a large hall, other dining areas and the outside area. We were seated outside but it was a really warm night so we didn't mind. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we really enjoyed our meal.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Food was not better then the hotel however the menu size was better - had i done a google search for all places your interested - there are better choices in walking distance.

Date of visit: March 2018
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