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La Cicala e La Formica

Via Leonina | 17, Rome, Italy
+39 06 481 7490
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good43%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (36 reviews)
“beef” (9 reviews)
“antipasti” (6 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Via Leonina | 17, Rome, Italy
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1 - 10 of 165 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

Stumbled across this restaurant on our first night in Rome, it was not on our list of recommended restaurants (the one we had chosen did not have a table) but I have to say the food and the service was the best we experienced over...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent meal here, started with a very good antipasti, then 2 excellent pasta dishes (one with truffles and the other with a sausage sauce), 2 meat dishes a lovely pork filet and probably the best meatballs ever. Finished with a fantastic Tiramisu...More

Thank JulesB11_1967
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

My mom and I went here, my mom having been in Italy for a month and having lived here for years in the past. This is by far the best food we've had in Italy. We highly recommend the carpaccio and ribs with fries but...More

Thank Hekla A
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

The reviews are misleading, this is the most mediocre food we had in Rome ever. The service was good and quick, the menu limited but fine, the food was bland and not worthy our time or money. NOT recommended at all

3  Thank FrishRingler
Reviewed January 17, 2018

This a very nice restaurant: relatively small, very comfortable and friendly. The are (rione Monti) is very, very fashionable in the last years, and it is not easy to find a good place to eat at acceptable prices.

Thank Assaporante
Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

Very good lunch. Nice friendly staff. Meal came quickly and was very nice. Well prepared. Draft beer is good

Thank Finn J
Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

This restaurant makes almost all of their pasta dishes themselves. The menu is simple, however the quality of ingredients is very good. The prices are affordable and the staff is very friendly.

Thank Tim d
Reviewed November 2, 2017

This was the second restaurant Rick Steves recommended that was awful. First: we were actually warned against it by some locals, which we thought was odd. Second: they were serving a lot of RAW BEEF AND RAW FISH which stunk up the place, though there...More

5  Thank SeattleKC
Reviewed November 1, 2017

We came here based on the recommendation of a local here and although we were satisfied with what we had, we weren't totally impressed. The restaurant is a little hard to find, it's next door to a crepe place. There are limited amount of outdoors...More

Thank gurltraveler
Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful meal in the little front patio in the heart of Monti. All the character we were hoping for on our first night in Rome. Loved it!

1  Thank Andrea E
Monti is Rome’s rebel yell. This neighbourhood just
west of Termini train station mixes grit with fun as
it continues to fight for its reputation as a magnet
for the artsy, alternative, and hipster. Every season,
quirky boutiques and food spots sprout up on its
cobblestone streets. The neighbourhood supports unique
and homegrown businesses that cater to its longtime
residents as well as hipsters on the hunt. Hang out at
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Leonina | 17, Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Monti
  • Neighbourhood: Monti
  • Phone Number: +39 06 481 7490
Andrea is the owner of a small restaurant, a restaurant in the historic center of Rome, Rione Monti, the oldest neighborhood where there are monuments of Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, a succession of styles that covers 2500 years of history. Frequented by both tourists and Romans from seeking certain atmosphere and authenticity, Monti is experiencing a new period of cultural ferment and trade that led to the opening of new workshops, small eateries and street food, studies and workshops artists in search of visibility. Andrea pampers guests with its traditional Mediterranean cuisine with some delights of the Tuscan tradition and ligure.Il its environment is informal and friendly. The kitchen is typical and regional level, with pasta, bread and homemade cakes with the flavor of the dishes from our childhood. Lunigiana has a place of honor in this kitchen where you can sample some typical products of lunigianense: testaroli pesto, lard IGP, porcini mushrooms, pie erbi, panigacci.La feeling is to go into a dining room family, his customers feel at home. The walls of his restaurant welcome paintings by emerging artists and exhibitions rotate periodically always creating new atmospheres. The dining room staff is young, friendly and professional, able to accompany the customer in the right choice of the dish and the wine. The Cicada and the Ant enjoys a strategic position in the district, is open for lunch and dinner and has an outdoor area where you can have a meal or a drink and one inside with 40 seats arranged in two rows with a central corridor leading to the kitchen.
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