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La Cicala e La Formica

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Via Leonina | 17, Rome, Italy
+39 06 481 7490
12:00 - 23:00
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered steak with green pepper sauce, swordfish, and a side of seasons vegetables. The sordfish came dry, with just a bit of olive oil. The steak was terrible, two small pieces (40 gram each?) of meat of which exactly one bite had sufficient thickness to have some juicy meat left. The rest was either to thin, or not meat... More 

Thank Ruben v
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most of the places with no wait around Rome are not that good or not true authentic Roman food. Anyway, I was surprised to find this place by accident, with pretty much no waiting for a seat. Yay! I had beef with Gorgonzola and my daughter had the bucatini amatriciana (I probably didn't spell that right lol). We both really... More 

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here as a group of 12 friends, a mixture of British and Italians. An Italian friend had agreed a group price which included 3 courses and wine. The restaurant said they would tell us when we had used up the wine that was included and we would need to start paying. We had a few glasses each but... More 

Thank Moyra E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommended by Rick Steves, we decided to try La Cicala e La Formica for dinner. Our hotel assisted us in making reservations & although not required, I would highly suggest making one. It was perfect weather that night, so we opted to sit outside, which was great for people watching. We ordered a bottle of house wine & enjoyed some... More 

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the lunch very much! Prices are very low - 6 to 8 euros for pasta dishes. All the dishes are well home made and tasted great! Service was also a pleasure. Got to this place by walking around and very glad we had found it!

Thank Omer P
Central Oregon
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

A simple setting with Manet-ish paintings near the Cavour station provided us with our most memorable meal in a 2 week trip. Lovely, warm staff, generous, delicious food-do try the antipasti of fried artichokes....everyone in the restaurant was eating them, shaking their heads and rolling their eyes in delight. Prices very, very reasonable. Nice wine selection, delicious pasta, lingered for... More 

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Belmar, New Jersey
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is a very small, informal place on Via Leonina, right next to the Duca d'Alba Hotel. Weather permitting, the small dining room spills out onto the sidewalk. Service is very friendly, and everyone is welcome. They have specials every day alongside their regular menu. The staff is happy to offer recommendations, so listen. They're also very patient--the waiter was... More 

Thank Dave S
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A very nice restaurant in Rome close to the attractions yet not too public. Great food options with some nice veggies options.

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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Omg this place is one of the best restaurants I've been to - get the lamb ragout fettuccini and the pesto dish is a different type of pasta with pancake texture worth a try if you want something different Great personalised service Lots of locals Feels very authentic

Thank NasLDN
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

We have just got back from Rome and stumbled across this lovely little place , but make no mistake , what it lacks a really central location, it more than makes up for in genuine Italian food and local culture at a very competitive price ! We had previously visited one of the best ten restaurants named in Rome ,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$17 - US$34
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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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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 Piazza della Madonna dei Monti anytime after lunch and you'll always find something going on.
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