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This small restaurant just a few metres from the Pantheon has been run by the Gargioli family since 1961, with the third generation now at the helm. Po...
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This italian and familyrun restaurant is excellent and has been there for decades
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, this was a big disappointment. A very hard reservation to get, our hotel got us in for dinner booking it as soon as they reopened from the holiday break. It was always a busy place, being 60 years old, but more so since Stanley...Tucci featured it in his Searching for Italy Rome episode. This was the only restaurant where the waiters made me feel like they were doing me a favor serving us. My wife and I both had the Americana. I should have ordered the Cacio Pepe, but since I had eaten it elsewhere the night before, I wanted a switch. It was not a good choice for my taste, but my wife thought it was better the night before at another well known restaurant. I had no taste reference so I would not ding them for my opinion.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a most enjoyable lunch at this restaurant which is located just a stone's throw away from the Pantheon. To start off with, we had the mouth-watering Roman style artichoke with buffalo mozzarella. There is just something about the way Roman's prepare artichokes, you...will not find better anywhere else. This was followed with classic pasta dishes of spaghetti cacio e pepe (peccorino cheese and black pepper) and rigatoni all'amatriciana (tomato sauce, peccorino cheese, pork cheeks and black pepper). Add a glass of wine and you have the great lunch.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely excellent produce treated with love and care by the chefs - entree was lamb liver etc followed by roman grilled lamb - stunning - paired with chicory tips side - world class! The best meal in Roma! Highly recommended!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

One of the best restaurants anywhere. If you are in Italy and want a simple, but delicious lunch, this place sums up every reason to go to Rome. Perfect selection of roman classics, good wine options and very reasonable. A must visit.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 20 December 2023

Excellent pastas, but disconnected staff and an illegal charge on the bill. We had three different people serve us, and while they were all friendly, they didn't seem to talk with each other, leading us to have to ask for things multiple times. At one...point before for arrived, they put a bag of bread on the table. We all ate some of it. On the check we were charged 3 euros per person for it. I asked them to remove it and they did. We learned that this charge is illegal in Rome (since 1995) and also did not have any other restaurant in Rome in which we ate try it. Disappointing that a place that is completely booked everyday, and that we wanted to like would treat us in such a condescending way.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

Simplicity. Like a painting of Michelangelo or like a world hit by Beatles they combine ingredients that sends you to heaven.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2023 via mobile

I tried to get in last year after doing research. Left it too late so made sure I was ready to go 30 days out this time. Was so excited. The service is terrible - clearly not enough staff on and disorganised. 25 mins to...talk to someone about ordering a drink. We were given bread after ordering - then charged 6 euro for it! I didn't even notice or would have challenged it. Never ordered it. Food is ok - it's absolutely nothing special. Could get the same in hundreds of places around Rome. A relic living on its past. I wouldn't bother.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

considering how difficult it is to get a reservation here I was expecting great things - location was great for us as we were staying in a hotel opposite the Pantheon and a short stroll to dinner was perfect - pasta was good but not...great but have to say that the grilled lamb was delicious- would definitely return if in the area but sadly wouldnt cross town to go there as had much better food elsewhere ...........More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 December 2023 via mobile

It’s so unfortunate that I had to write this review. I really wanted to like this restaurant so much after watching Stanley Tucchi’s HBO’s Max Italy series and reading high reputable reviews like CN Travelers. My partner and I had a reservation at 10 PM...- the earliest time I could book three weeks ago. When we got there at 9:15 PM, I noticed there were several tables empty. They sat us immediately next to an older Italian couple who seemed to be regulars there. We realized the couple had a dog, mind you not a service dog, with a water pan for it next to the table. The dog once in a while went for my leg. It made me cringed. The dog kept leaping to the owners’ lap for food. What kind of restaurant allows animals inside?! We should have foreseen what’s to come and left. We waited for about ten minutes to waive a waiter to order. We had their l'amatriciana and carbonara. I was expecting simple and light sauces like the reviews noted. The pastas were done beautifully, but the sauces were over killed the flavor. The l’amatriciana was heavy on the tomato sauce and overpowering. The carbonara was extremely heavy on the cheese and fat. We could barely eat our dishes on top of the dog shaking its furry body now and then. The couple was very chatty and ever more when several of the restaurant staff came over to talk to them. They were all trying so hard to over talk the crowd. I could not wait to leave the restaurant! Never in my life at a restaurant had I felt so uncomfortable and somewhat violated by others’ ill manners and management.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2023 via mobile

My son and I had very high expectations and, unfortunately, they were not fulfilled The food was ok but truly, nothing to write home about. We got equivalent and even better food in other places. The hype is not justified.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 3 December 2023 via mobile

Excellent. Highly recommend getting my a reservation ahead of time. We were only able to get a lunch time Rez. When we showed up there was a line of people outside trying for walk in. I don’t know if any got sat. Good atmosphere, fair...prices, and food was excellent. We got 2 pastas and a meat dish between the two of us. Pasta was A++. If you are between pasta and meat dish — go pasta. With a decent bottle of wine we were out the door for like at like $120More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

Da Armando al Pantheon is a classic Roman restaurant in the center of the city. The Roman pastas (we had Carbonara and Amatriciana) are certainly the highlight, the rest of the dishes not quite as good. The wine list is very impressive for a small...casual restaurant and the sommelier recommended some very nice and fairly priced bottles to drink with the meal. Definitely worth going to this "historic" restaurant if you're in Rome and if you could get a reservation, which isn't easy. (Tip: I went on the online booking site at 6:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time - midnight in Rome - exactly 30 days in advance to secure a reservation.)More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023 via mobile

Very nice setting and service was good. Did feel a little rushed to leave when done. Daughter had to make reservation on line 30 days prior for a lunch seating. A little more than other places but I guess you pay for location. They also...charge for bread. With pasta I did not need the eggplant parm appetizer but could not resist. It was just warm and not hot when served.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023

This was our first-time dining at Armando al Pantheon. A small family-owned restaurant, it has been run by the Gargioli family since 1961 and serves authentic homemade Roman classics. The pasta dishes and braised veal shanks were to die for!! Reservations must be made at...least 30 days out if you want to ensure you are able to grab a table for dinner. The views of the Pantheon won’t disappoint. A big shout out to our friends who insisted we eat here during our time in Rome.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023

Some places are famous for being famous. With due respect to Michelin and Stanley Tucci, you can do far better in plenty of other restaurants in town. There is nothing wrong with this restaurant that avoiding it doesn't solve. The restaurant business is tough, and...I much prefer to write positive reviews. But sometimes a negative one is fully justified. For me, average is a failing grade. I respect that a family has run a restaurant for 60+ years. But when we both ate less than a quarter of our dishes and left them there, the fact that no one cared to ask why is unsatisfactory. We ordered a Spaghetti Carbonara and a Spaghetti with Black Truffles. We got a Rigatoni Amatriciana and the Truffled Pasta. The Amatriciana was mediocre and the Black Truffle (I am taking their word for it} was a powder, much like dried bottarga. That would never fly in Northern Italy or France, and on top of that, the spaghetti was under cooked. When I pointed out that we ordered a Carbonara, the waiter apologized and said he would get one for us, but it would take another 10-15 minutes. I said no, but they did bring us one to try, and it was decent, although not in a league with what we had the previous night. I understand that iconic dishes bring out strong opinions. But when you pay, and no one asks how your meal was, I assume they don't care.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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There is an email address on their website which you can use to ask booking-related questions. You can’t actually make a booking by email - it’s just for queries only.
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No, you will have the table for two hours.
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