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“The best in Rome”
Review of L'Idillio

Ranked #1,243 of 12,443 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$46
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The best in Rome”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

I'm no tourist. I'm an American who grew up in Las Vegas, lives in Boston, and has spent a lot of time in Chicago, NYC, and San Francisco -- all great eating towns. But I also lived in Pigneto for five months, and have eaten all over Rome.

It doesn't matter where you're staying in Rome. It's worth the trip to get to L'Idillio.

Going on the food alone, L'Idillio is easily in the top five restaurants in Rome. When you also include the service and the price (... which is very reasonable, especially considering the amazing food), L'Idillio is perhaps the best in Rome.

It's a family restaurant. Don't let his jeans and t-shirt or his young age fool you: when you talk to the son/host Andrea, you're talking to a genius. There's not a single detail of the restaurant that escapes his attention. (For example, we asked for a wine recommendation one night. His answer: "Such-and-such wine was grown on the same estate where the wild boar in tonight's ragu comes from, so I would go with that." Spot on.) But unlike other geniuses, Andrea is easy-going and very approachable, in English or Italian.

It's easy to see that his mother, the chef, is also a genius. There are traditional dishes on the menu that are executed perfectly. But there are also some of her creative innovations, like the appetizer "semifreddo di grana": a savory grana-based ice cream served with prosciutto. (Grana is a hard white cheese, like parmesan.) Absolutely amazing.

Or for dessert, try the chestnut ice cream, drizzled with chestnut honey. Andrea recommends it with a glass of sweet marsala wine. And Andrea is a genius.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Charles S
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a gem in Pigneto!”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stayed in Pigneto area of Rome and someone recommended this place to us. We are so glad that we went. We ate there several times. Andrea was great and helpful. We are just sorry that we missed going there before we left Rome because they were closed for holidays. Their pasta is home made and their special menu's are amazing! We do not eat beef and one of the chefs menu had beef in it and they accommodated us without any problems. I would highly recommending going there for some regional home cooked Roman meals!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank fsngirl
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Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place, great company, gorgeous food!”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is my favourite restaurant in Rome, my own city.
Very good home-made pasta, generous portions, some creative elaborations of traditional meals.
The restaurant has a very nice terrace where you can eat during the spring-summer-autumn time.
The waiter is also a sommelier who can advise you on the best wine-food combinations.
Very friendly service, in a district full of night-time attractions.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank jules c
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“The best food we had in Italy”
Reviewed 25 July 2012 via mobile

We were in Rome for 5 days and ate here 3 times, need I say more. Andrea was a lovely host who always recommended great dishes and even gave us travel tips for Rome and other Italian destinations. Everything we ate here was amazing and we always left so full and content even when we were trying to not eat so much!! It was really lovely to eat at a place that felt relaxed and like home especially as we had been travelling for so long. Every meal we ate here was different we never had the same thing twice and everything was spectacular, it is not often you find a restaurant with so many different dishes done so well. I could not recommend this restaurant more and next time we are in Rome this will be our first stop. Thank you to Andrea and his mum for everything you made our Roman gastronomy experience sublime.
Doug and Allison, Australia

Note: This restaurant should be ranked higher.

Thank Allison M
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Bratislava, Slovakia
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very high quality”
Reviewed 27 May 2012 via mobile

They are cooking with love and passionate. High guality, typical italian food. Family owned. Nice staff. Very good and wide wines offer for appropriate prices.

Thank MichalBezko
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