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Il Focolare

#859 of 9,774 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Via Gabriele Rossetti 40/42 | Monteverde Vecchio, 00152 Rome, Italy
+39 06 581 8395
Thu - Tue 12:30 - 23:30
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Falmouth, Cape Cod
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59 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The secret: for a good dinner at a reasonable price in Rome, start by learning to navigate the public transportation system. Then go in any direction, but at least 5 bus stops from the touristy areas. Of course, you can cheat and take a cab. Case in point: il Focolare in Monteverde Vecchio. The food is twice as good as... More 

Thank Karl_from_Flanders
Oslo, Norway
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is just excellent and our favorite in Rome. It is a local restaurant outside the tourist traps with mainly Italian customers. The pizzas are great, the seafood is great, actually all meals are great. Just go.

Thank JKristian
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Typical Italian/Roman restaurant where you can eat Well at reasonable prices. We loved it and the tiramisu is one of the best. Wood oven for pizzas too. In one week we went 3 times!

Thank jacque1b1
Williamsburg, Virginia
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528 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Rome has many fine restaurants, but this local place up on the Janiculum is our favorite. The food is exceptional, the staff is gracious and the atmosphere is like your neighborhood favorite place. We always stop by when in Roma

Thank Bear H
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We were recommended to go to Il Focolare by a friend who lives in Rome and we are so grateful for this local knowledge! We were welcomed warmly and made to feel at home immediately. We started with classic antipasti of bruschetti which were all freshly made and simply delicious.I followed this with an amazing bowl of ravioli stuffed with... More 

Thank Jenny C
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The menu provides every sort of marine option, but what they boast as their strength is really their weakness. Their non-marine pasta was ok. Service very nice and welcoming though, though the food took some time to arrive.

Thank Michele M
Rome, Italy
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

they let us eat at 10.30pm on Monday of October and considering the city and fellow restaurants that's enough already to rate you 5stars besides that the food is very good and fish is fresh even on a Monday of middle October Tuna Tartare porcini alla piastra e fettuccine ai funghi was my pick with tiramisù as end what can... More 

Thank CharlotteNY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Very welcoming neighborhood ristorante for our group of foot-weary Year of Mercy pilgrims. Sampled many menu items...all winners. Of special note, our regular server André speaks excellent English, is patient and jocular, and remembered each of us like family. By the end of our week stay, we gave him cart blanche to select our final celebration dinner menu and wine... More 

Thank Kristin S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Actually, this restaurant really outdid our expectations with lovely food, friendly service and a good atmosphere. All for a fair price.

Thank Wouter v
New York City, New York
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Excellent ristorante di quartiere. We sat outside in August so there was little traffic. Food was cheap and very, very good. Nice local wine, also cheap. Unrushed, friendly service. Excellent cacao e pepe, lamb, contorni. I went a little overboard and ordered the semifreddo for dessert which was excellent. No complaints. If you are in Monteverde and want an unpretentious... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$33 - US$43
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Gabriele Rossetti 40/42 | Monteverde Vecchio, 00152 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Monteverde
  • Neighbourhood: Monteverde
  • Phone Number: +39 06 581 8395

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Monteverde

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Above the city on the Janiculum hill, Monteverde is Rome’s popular "getaway" neighbourhood, coveted for its greenery. Rome's largest urban park, Villa Pamphili, is the area's centrepiece with affordable prices and peace and quiet. Monteverde is just far enough away from the centre to feel like you’re on a Roman holiday and close enough to feel the lure of Rome's chaos. Though its downside is the lack of scheduled public transport, this family-oriented area is literally a well-deserved walk in the park.
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