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“there was an odd smell on the terrace, pizza was dry”
Review of Tempio di Mecenate

Tempio di Mecenate
Ranked #1,783 of 12,594 Restaurants in Rome
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Esquilino
Reviewed 13 October 2013

The pizza is between 8-10 euro but i wouldn`t recommend it cause it is dry, burnt on the edges and poor topping. The service was good and fast but it isn`t enough.. we were seated on the terrace and there was this pungent smell. The tip is included in the bill - 1.5 euro/ pers

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1  Thank Andrei C
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Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

We visited this place by chance, As all of the other restaurants were packed. Lucky us, as the place was a very nice surprise. Good food, fast service, great location.

Thank Stefan L
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Sunday night , rain storm, found us seeking shelter in the tempio de Mecenate. Outside tables were a mix of Locals and a few tourists, inside mainly locals. The waiters were all good fun, very little English spoken but friendly and helpful and joking with each other and the boss and a few elder tipsy local visitors, in all very friendly. Food was great Veal T bone 13 euro. Veal escalope in lemon sauce 12 euro, salad , veg, potatoes all 5 euro. Water still or gas 2 euro ltr. Wine red white 4.5 euro 1/2 ltr 9 ltr. 15 euro a bottle. Bread /cover 1.5 euro. In summary, great food some really excellent, many locals, reasonable and friendly. Ps spotless toilets downstairs with soap and towels, very clean. Total bill 51 euro, ex service, not added tip as you think. Going back tomorrow.

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Thank SnowdropLondon
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Reviewed 21 September 2013 via mobile

Moral to the story... Book your table early for a Saturday night in Rome.
We walked Monti for an hour in search of one tavola per due. Finally had to settle on this one.
Very busy does not always mean quality... Also never eat on a piazza near a busy road.
Stuffed zucchini flowers came out deepfried in batter.... Oh the humanity... With fries on the plate.
Bruschetta - limp flavourless tomato with little oil or seasoning... Had to ask repeatedly for oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to finish the chef's job.
Do not order the porchetta... Catch a cab to the pigna district!
Spaghetti and clams OK but not memorable.
Bottle of water - asked for aqua frissante, got aqua naturals.
Bottle of proseco.
62 euro.

Book a table elsewhere early!

Thank BruceandTania
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We stumbled across Tempio Di Mecenate as it was so close to our lovely Hotel (the Domus Diana). We were so exhausted from travelling that we stopped at the first decent looking restaurant we could find. While most we passed were virtually empty, this being during the Agusut holidays, this one was bustling with locals - a sure sign of quality!

Our waiter was highly professional, friendly and attentive but not overly so - balance perfectly achieved. We liked the look of the starters, but had yet to try gnocci in Italy so we asked for a Gnocci main meal to be split into two starters - "No problem". They did this for us with a smile (many places would've refused or at least moaned!). The gnocci arrived and was quite simply the best we'd ever had, and one of the nicest mouthfuls we enjoyed in a week in Italy - quite incredible. I would go back to Rome just for this gnocci.

For a main, we ordered a pizza each. The pizzas were the finest examples of the Rome style we had during our time there. The flavours were so fresh and they were crafted by a genius (or team of geniuses). We hadn't intended to have a dessert, but were so impressed with the other courses that we decided to share one. Without looking at the menu we just inquired as to whether they had tiramasu, and a huge one with two forks soon arrived - it was exceptional (again, the best I've ever had).

The price was extremely reasonable for any restaurant - let alone one in Rome. This was definitely a case of avoiding a "pretty but bland and expensive tourist-trap" and enjoying a true locals favourite. It isn't the most stunning building you'll come across but it as good as Rome cuisine comes.

I cannot reccomend the Tempio di Mecenate highly enough - get the gnocci!

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