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#36 of 9,038 Restaurants in Rome
Travellers' Choice2023
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C$15 - C$59
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
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Esquilino
0.2 km from Piazza della Repubblica
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Reviewed November 25, 2023

Found this place by accident as we got lost around Repubblica and it is def a gem! Such a warm atmosphere and we felt very welcome. All dishes were phenomenal- we had the carbonara, pappardelle, and amatriciana. The pistachio tiramisu in the end was amazing!...We will def come back when we're back in Rome.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 17, 2023 via mobile

I reviewed this place in 2017 when it was a great little spot for gourmet sandwiches and handy lunches. Based on my experience I was hoping it had survived the Pandemic and saw that it did. I made my choice of hotels in Rome based...on it being open. As soon as we checked into our hotel after a long day and a half of travel, we freshened up and headed there. Our hotel was next door. It changed a bit. It was busier and have fewer sandwich options but a spectacular menu of the best pasta dishes you could want. I mean Michelin quality meals such as Ravioli with pesto. Such a creamy pesto based sauce and delicate and delicious ravioli. My wife had that and I tasted. I was going to have Cacio e pepe when my wife saw the fettuccini with oxtails and I got my order changed just in time. On a scale of 1 to spectacular, this was off the charts! A lot of folk are squeamish about some cuts but put your fears behind and try this. The food is made to order of the highest quality with creative presentations and really large portions for a price much lower than you would expect to pay anywhere in that location. It closes after the lunch rush is (chef and his wife work non stop when open) so go early and enjoy. You may have to wait but hold up the number of fingers to indicate the size of your party and they will get you in as soon as possible. Too often we have found great restaurants that have bowed to the pressure to be a tourist and lost their quality. Stay firm chef and keep serving your high standard beautifully presented meals.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed September 25, 2023

This restaurant is the kind of place you don't want people to know about because it is SO GOOD and also SO SMALL that it's probably got a line out the door most days. My wife and I went at an off time - around...3pm on a Friday, and there were 5 of the 16 barstools open. You cram in and order at the counter. We got the cacio e pepe and the amiticiana. They were PHENOMENAL and MASSIVE. The menu is in Italian only and they have funny signs written like "NO HALF PORTIONS" and they do not allow people to talk on their phones while they eat. The two people in the photo were both there, friendly and courteous. We absolutely loved this place.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 23, 2023 via mobile

Fantastic lunch spot. Really delicious pasta. Small place with a small menu but everything is freshly cooked and delicious. Try the carbonara (with or without truffle) you won't regret it.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 19, 2023

Outstanding. Superb. Devine. So good we ate here twice and I’ll forever dream about returning. Husband had the carbonara and I had a ravioli with truffle. I wanted to lick the plate. Luca saw I had devoured it and dropped off more bread so I...could soak up the sauce. 10/10 my favourite place in Rome.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 8, 2023 via mobile

Best pasta in town, and served with a smile :) We didn't asked for more. Try the Fusilloni pesto if you can). My wife took the "Polpette di Melanzane" an "actually tasty vegetarian lunch"

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 31, 2023

Glad we read the reviews and stopped into the Laboratorio di Cucina! We both ordered from the specials board. I got the carbonara tartufata and my wife got the fettucine funghi cardonetti. Both dishes were extraordinary, but I have to say the carbonara tartufata will...be a lifelong memory--up there with a 2 hour meal I had many years ago in Alsace, France. I saw them shaving the truffles onto my pasta for some time. It was a masterpiece. So sad I do not have a pic. We will return on the next trip to Rome for multiple visits. Once for another special and again for some of the standard Roman dishes to see what they should really taste like. Go and enjoy!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed July 29, 2023 via mobile

One of the best pasta's ever...the chef serve every dish with the same passion. A small bar but very cosy and local. The pasta carbonara with truffle is a must when you're there...and important...the price is good...you get more quality then you pay... Topchef!!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 22, 2023

This restaurant was highly recommended to us by friends who live in Rome and although only small it is just perfect.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed June 13, 2023 via mobile

Very authentic, cute tiny restaurant for a quick lunch. We ordered spaghetti bolognese and were even given aprons to wear given how messy it was to eat! Highly recommend stopping by. The staff were super friendly and spoke perfect English

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed May 25, 2023

Amazing food, it is a very tiny restaurant. It had been recommended to us from our daughter who was here in December. We ordered the lasagna and the spaghetti carbonara with the truffle. Both dishes were amazing, we shared and loved the food. Would definitely...recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 17, 2023

We came twice on our 3 day trip and each time was so good. A small spot, but they get you in and out very quick. Portions are huge so come hungry! Definitely the best pasta we had while in Italy.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 15, 2023

Wanted to have lunch here, waited less than 5 minutes for a table to open up. Generous portions, freshly prepared, and so delicious! Without a doubt the best carbonara, cacio e pepe, and cheesecake we had during our two weeks in Italy. Friendly, welcoming, and...very glad they spoke English. Will definitely eat here again when we return to Rome.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed May 4, 2023 via mobile

This may sound disparaging but it’s not meant to, but this was what I would assume is the Italian equivalent of a British chip shop, but so much better, you watch your food being cooked freshly in front of you In probably the same amount...of time, and the food is delicious, always a good sign that the place was full with locals, the only negative is that it has a very small seating areaMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 27, 2023 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit for a lunch. Mind that portions are big (half a portion is not available). We had carbonara with generously sliced truffles - definitely try it. Note: you may have to wait for up to 20 mins to be seated

Date of visit: April 2023
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Response from robertmS86UC | Reviewed this property |
I do not think so, there is only seating for about 16, in very small, packed space. It was a great experience and excellent food
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The popular dishes we tried were the Cacio e Pepe and the Spaghetti Carbonara. Both of which were fantastic. Pricing was reasonable, cannot remember exact pricing.
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QUEL CHE C'E LABORATORIO DI CUCINA, Rome - Esquilino - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about Quel Che C'è Laboratorio di Cucina

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Quel Che C'è Laboratorio di Cucina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5