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Il pagliaccio

#1,208 of 9,867 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Via Dei Banchi Vecchi 129a, 00186 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6880 9595
19:00 - 22:15
12:45 - 14:30
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Tue - Sat 19:00 - 22:15
Wed - Sat 12:45 - 14:30
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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602 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,942 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

In 2010, a restaurant on 11 tables with a portrait of an old clown on the wall received the title of the best restaurant in Rome and two Michelin stars. The restaurant owners, Anthony and Marion Genovese, offer excellent author's cuisine (one pea soup on green tea is worth!), The best traditional dishes of Italian cuisine and magnificent desserts. Not... More 

2 Thank archil a
Level Contributor
22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For my birthday we had made a reservation for 2, with a menu of 10 dishes. Most of them were really delicious, but a few of them were a bit boring and very "light". As announced in the e-mail reservation, there would be a birthday-surprise. The surprise was a tiny candle in the last dessert. Well..... A bit silly, to... More 

Thank Veronica H
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85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This was a treat for us as a young family, dining elegantly with a 2.5 year old toddler is not always a success; we were given a small private room off the front which allowed us to enjoy our rather noisy existence without disturbing the more calm patrons! The food and service are just what you'd expect from a Michelin... More 

Thank Violet2009
Navan, Ireland
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We had the tasting menu ( compulsory because the group was over 6 people ). What you would expect from a 2 star Michelin restaurant. Superb food and the wine pairings were expertly chosen. Very quiet and formal, we got the feeling our laughter wasn't appreciated. However we spent 4 hours enjoying the evening and had a super experience overall.... More 

Thank Des O
Nashville, Tennessee
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117 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We spend a part of each year in Italy and learned a dictum that the restaurant frequented by locals with no Michelin stars is often the best in a town. Michelin ratings often are given to places serving unusual foods often not Italian. This is not the case at Il Pagliaccio. The innovative label is appropriate but this is a... More 

Thank MDrooster
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We decided to make a last minute dinner reservation for our last night in Rome. Definitely worthwhile. We were extremely well looked after by all staff, and ordered the 10 course tasting menu. While they don't have predetermined matched wines, the staff were extra helpful and made some great recommendations of Italian wines that'd match the courses on offer. Food... More 

Thank jhcrow
Geneva, Switzerland
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113 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Typical starred restaurant with excellent service and great wine list while regarding food the experience can depend from what you choose: I had scampi as starter and ziti, both excellent while my husband had squids and pasta with ricci di mare e pannocchie and both didn't meet his expextations. I would recommend to ask for the maitre's suggestions, he can... More 

Thank Skonsy
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Il Pagliaccio offers three menus during lunch: I opted for the 8 course. When I went that day (albeit slightly late as I got lost), the restaurant unfortunately had their internet and phone lines down and was unable to take credit card. I only had USD, but they still took it! Impeccable service for sure. From start to finish, all... More 

Thank Katherine W
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited Il Pagliaccio on 6th January 2017 having read the reviews on TripAdvisor. It was meant to be a birthday treat but what a disappointment! We ordered off of the al la carte menu. I had the squid for starter which was beyond bland, no seasoning at all or flavour. My husband had the Scampi and... More 

2 Thank Yvette J
Ballarat, Australia
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482 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We now are in the position to understand why this restaurant is deemed to be in Rome's "top three" fine-dining establishments. Everything was done with the aim of achieving precision and perfection. Unfortunately, this happened at the cost of relaxation - we were not able to relax as much as we did on the previous evening at another of Rome's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
19:00 - 22:15
19:00 - 22:15
12:45 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:15
12:45 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:15
12:45 - 14:30
19:00 - 22:15
12:45 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Dei Banchi Vecchi 129a, 00186 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
  • Neighbourhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
  • Phone Number: +39 06 6880 9595

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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