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“Go later in the evening and get more than cacio e pepe”

Ristorante Roma Sparita
Ranked #491 of 12,140 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$43
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: Trastevere
Description: Good food is served in a comfortable environment. The outdoor space in the main square is really unique in Rome and can take place about 90 people. The inside spaces are two very welcoming hall: the entrance hall of about 30/35 people and the other room can accommodate more than 60 others.
Bangkok, Thailand
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“Go later in the evening and get more than cacio e pepe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

We were staying at a hotel close by on our last night in Rome. The place was extremely busy in the evening and we didn't have a reservation. Luckily we came at a time when the first set of diners were leaving (I think it was around 21:00 hrs.) and within a few minutes the owner had found us a good table.

Nearly every table around us had a serving of the famous cacio e pepe. I didn't order it, but ate bites off my partner's plate. It's delicious and worth raving about, but too heavy for me to finish alone. Three or four bites can already put you in a cheesy coma if you are not used to rich food.

The locals around us seemed to order a lot from the specials selection (it was mussels in a tomato sauce that evening) and we also ordered a dessert of fresh wild strawberries and ice cream which was not on the menu and not initially suggested to us by the waiter. However, we saw beautiful bowls of it being sent to Italian speaking tables and asked to have the same. It turned out to be an excellent choice.

The place is charming, the waiters seemed overworked to keep up with the clients but they were still chatty and friendly to us. If you want more than the cacio e pepe look for the seasonal offerings part of the menu (either posted outside or ask the wait staff.)

  • Visited May 2014
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“Cacio e pepe - a Roman experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We went for the cacio e pepe which is served in a bowl made of pecorino cheese. It was great, but so was everything else on the menu. This is not haute cuisine, but it is at the top end of good family restaurants. The service was surprisingly good given the small staff and the crush of customers. You definitely should reserve in advance. The restaurant is a bit out of the way but worth the trip.

Visited July 2014
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“It is what it is”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner at sparita! The Cacio e pepe is what it is: good homemade basic pasta. Other items on the menu are good also.
We arrived late (10pm) with out reservation and we didn't have to wait long, we would certainly not wait for a table longer than 10 minutes there.
The staff is Friendly, specially the family members, but otherwise they were running to try and get everyones order (it was packed for a wednesday night)
All in all we think os very good basic italian food, a bit over price, but thats what you get with fame...
Would go back if I was around and at an odd hour!

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“Feels homemade”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

One of those places where they make you feel welcome, when they recommend a meal or a wine, you simply feel you can trust them, they will talk you through the entire menu and pick up what you need to try (no, that you eat at home, this you eat in a restaurant or try this, this is a typical meal, can`t try it outside Italy). It better to make a reservation

  • Visited June 2014
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Rome, Italy
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“Not for tourists :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

Simply a typical roman "Trattoria"! You need to taste the "Cacio e Pepe" dish where actually you are obliged to eat the dish :)

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