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Monte Caruso

#1,195 of 9,815 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Via Farini 12, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 483549
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Near the Termini Railway Station, the restaurant is under the ground level and nicely furnished and decorated. The service is ok. The quality of the food is...inconsistent. Some dishes were really good (some pastas) while other were at best average. Prices are a bit high in respect to the quality. Recommended for a pasta lunch if you are near Termini... More 

Thank Andrea P
Windsor, Canada
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565 reviews
398 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The place was empty when we arrived but full when we left. The service was very good and very professional. The food was mostly about the display than it was substance. Although the food was above average, it was very small portions. There seemed to be a bit of flavor missing, but it was still quite good. The price was... More 

Thank Rick K
Winchester, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Monte Caruso is a traditional Italian restaurant hidden away down a small flight of steps. The seating is fairly intimate, so a good place for a romantic meal. We enjoyed a hearty Italian Vegetable Soup followed by Turkey Breast cooked in Brandy and slices of Veal in a Truffle Cream Sauce. The potatoes and vegetables were an additional charge. For... More 

Thank SimonsReviews1967
Espoo, Finland
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We have vited Italy tens of times , and usually enjoyed having good Italian food. Now coming again to Rome after Bergamo and Valletta ( Malta ) and really good feelings in Italian food. So we looked internet and chose Monte Caruso near our hotel Mesanata Palaca ( good )and went to have some food. We chose recommended four different... More 

Thank matti w
Tucson, Arizona
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This restaurant was close to our hotel and what a find! Family owned and run with amazing food. The soup, pastas, and the veal meatballs are amazing!

Thank pcoach
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice mood, the cousin was OK, but the profiterole was delicious! The price was very reasonable, 40 euros per person (with a bottle of wine). All in all, it was worth it.

Thank Itzik E
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28 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

I don't usually review restaurants, but I felt compelled to review Monte Caruso because it was the best meal we had in Italy. Fantastic food, top-knotch service. Next time we come to Rome we will be back.

Thank anana216
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Loved it all. Atmosphere, food and service. Best olive oil I've ever had. I wish I had discovered it before my last night in Rome.

Thank Disco1008
Milton, Massachusetts
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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Monte Caruso was good but not up to the standard promised by previous reviews on Trip Advisor. Also on a Friday evening it was not very full which may be a telltale sign. Service was pretty good until it took about 20 minutes for our desert (profiteroles) to come: they were delicious. Main courses were fine but not memorable

Thank Michael B
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

A hidden gem of a restaurant in the heart of Rome. Down a small flight of steps and you are greeted by warm and friendly staff. The decor is charming and intimate. My husband and I booked a table through "the fork". We were shown to our table and asked if we would like a complimentary glass of prosecco. We... More 

Thank Susan S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$32 - US$54
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Farini 12, 00185 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Esquilino
  • Neighbourhood: Esquilino
  • Phone Number: +39 06 483549
From 1974 it proposes the customers, typical lucane, roman, and international recipe, pastes made in house, selection of cheeses and cured pork meats from "lucania" south Italy, second made up of meat, stockfish cooked with "lucano" style, sweet recipe of the chef, all fact with experience and attention in order to maintain the taste of the traditional kitchen unchanged. The wine cellar accommodates wines of all Italy with greater attention to the lucani products, is wide the choice of distilled and liqueurs. The three rooms that form the restaurant can accommodate to the maximum 50 persons uniforms in small tables, 35 for full dinner, 15 in little room for one glass of wine o distilled with selection of cheese, sliced meat seasoned, or sweetes. The atmosphere is pleasant and calm. The reservation is appreciate.

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