In good weather the garden and the lovely square are used to seat guests who face Trinità dei Monti. The speciality is Penne Alla Rampa with ... More
Ristorante Alla Rampa
In good weather the garden and the lovely square are used to seat guests who face Trinità dei Monti. The speciality is Penne Alla Rampa with Gruyère and Speck, and the dishes are mostly traditional like the Ravioli filled with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese and the Tonnarelli with Mazzancolle. The pasta is made on the premises. The meat dishes are very good such as the Escalopes with Calvados, Carpaccio and Ossobuco to name but a few. The desserts are made on the premises and there is a good choice of wines. The furnishings are traditional but not overly so, the tablecloths are crisp and fresh, and in summer the air-conditioning reduces the heat. The tables are well arranged so that even if the restaurant is full you can still eat comfortably.
For years I enjoyed the food at Alla Rampa. Frequently traveling to Rome on business for over twnety years ans stayinbg at the top of the Spanish Steps I had the opportunity to enjoy the food from a friendly family owned business. The food was always terrific, the wait staff knew the regulars by name, the owners and his son greated every customer with a smile. After the sale the new owners seemed to mbe more intersted in serving food of poor quality, presentation, and the old wait staff was replaced with unattentive servers. A sad legecy for a once fine and quaint place to dine in Rome.
The atmosphere at Rampa has always been good and on several visits in recent years the food good quality and value. This is no longer the case. A recent visit was a disaster! Our waiter did not appear to be trained at all.The food was poor -'boil in the bag' standard. My ravioli starter had clearly been reheated uncovered in a microwave and was dried up around the edges. A colleague's main course, steak, was not cooked as requested and when sent back for further cooking was returned in exactly the same condition. When we asked to see the restaurant manager he refused to come to the table and it was only with the greatest difficulty that we saw him at all.
This restaurant seems to be a victim of its popularity to the extent that the customer is now only a cash cow and not someone who deserves good service and food.
The food was very good and fairly priced. However, all the other items which were not in the menu (i.e. water!) were extremely expensive: a caffé e latte 6 euros, and water was 4 euro per 1/2lt (in other restaurants it has been 2 euro per liter!). When the bill came we felt a little bit cheated. Please be careful with the costs of beverages!!
Although living just an hour and a half away and cooking the same food in malta , this is my favourite place ever . Its just simple and good the way it should be !! and all those who knock the service ,, it's cause you dont understand ,, its not easy when serving 200 people at one go i bet you have more trouble at home serving 4 .But anyway i'm goin back again .
We ate there our first night in Rome at my sister's recommendation. Great food, service and atmosphere. Almost 20 people in our travel group found their way there and everyone enjoyed it! Hope to go back so I can enjoy Rome and of course, eat there again!
My wife and I found this place while idling around the Spanish Steps, after we had settled into our hotel after the long commute from the U.S. We were tired, hungry, and the dinner hour was just getting started. So the fact that this was our first meal in Italy may have had an effect, but we both agree this was our best meal in Italy, including several outstanding places in Tuscany. The bread was excellent, and the dishes were outstanding all around. I highly recommend the homemade gnocchi with gorgonzola, which was the standout of the meal. I have since found out there is a raved-about antipasti buffet, so if we ever get to Italy again we will be certain to return. Most reviews I see are favorable, with the occasional complaint about the service. I can only assume they are exceptions, because our service was exceptional. Also, you can see this is a favorit amongst locals. Highly recommended.
Wen't twice during our recent trip. Service was uneven at best both times (forgot our salads the 1st time, wine and some other side dishes the 2nd time). Kids liked their dishes so we went back. Pasta plates were ok.
What really soured me was the steak Fiorentine we ordered the 2nd time we went. Worst piece of beef I've ever had in Italy (& I've been there over 30 times). Gristly, fatty and almost all bone (cut it really thick at the bone end and was thined out on the meat part) and at 40 euros to boot. Only edible part was the filet. Told the
waiter and the cashier, to no avail. Waiter simply uttered "what a shame" when I left most of it in the plate. I was really disappointed.
Maybe it was just the Fiorentine or an off-nite.
Whenever anyone mentions going to Rome, I always tell them to be sure to eat at the Ristorante Alla Rampa! We were there in 2001 and I don't even recall what exactly I liked the most about it, but it definitely left an impression we'll never forget. I mostly recall the Antipasta bar and freshly-made tiramisu. They brought the whole baking dish to our table and dished out our servings. We absoluetly loved it and ate there several times during our short visit.
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