My wife and I discovered this rather special restaurant during our first visit to Rome in 2004.La Tavernetta was warmly recommended in a magazine in our hotel and after our visit,we could see why.We were warmly welcomed in a restaurant where most of the diners wewre locals (always a good sign ) and thee was a terrific atmosphere.The food was superb,and the waiters were exceptionally polite and helpful in respect of my wife's gluten free diet.
We enjoyed the whole experience so much that we determined to return on our next visit to Rome ,which was September last (2009 ).Mine host (as ever ) was charm and courtesy itself,and we were (as before )treated with fine service and very good food.We returned for a further meal during this visit and I tried the exact meal I had in 2004 -Pizza Napoli and Cassata Siciliana .Superb !Just as good as before My wife and I simply do not recognize the restaurnant some people comment on.We have NEVER been ripped off or had extras forced on us.It is a very special culinary experience in the Eternal City .
My self and my wife ate here and before we entered we read the menu and the pricelist,it mentioned that there was a service charge of12%. When we went in we were directed to a side room at the back of the restaurant.We taught this was odd as there seemed to be plenty of room in the front.we were seated and there was about ten other diners in this part of restaurant who i would say were all tourists.We were given menus and a basket of bread.When we ordered we had in total 1 starter of spaggetti in tomato sause ,Main courses ,1 sword fish, 1 Seabass, both came with potatoes and a portion of lettuce, 4 Beers, and 1 expresso coffe.The meal was good and i would say that 55- 60 euro was all it was worth. We requested the bill and when it came the waiter never asked was everthing ok just emphasied that it did not include tip .The bill was barely legible as it was a in bad hand writing but it came to 90 euros, needless to say i told him we were not happy with this and also said of all the restaurants we had eaten in this was the first one that a waiter stated"Tip not included".i informed him that the menu said a 12% service charge applied he replied that this was a govt tax and he then called another waiter and his speel was that the Seabass was charged by the Kilo my wife told him that the fish was not that big .At this stage we knew we had been stung and reluctantly gave the 90 euros expressing loudly that they were not getting a tip either.Thanks to your site we hope others read this and avoid been turned over by these greedy merchants.
Be very careful when having a meal here!!!
We dined here on 27th February 2010 after we spent a couple of hours in the nearby bar owned by the same guy Pepi Claudio. He is a Pavarotti lookalike, was very friendly and larger than life and gave us a card for the restaurant.
He welcomed us to the restaurant personally, and made various recommendations about the menu and what we should have. We each chose our main course having declined a starter.
At that point everything started to go a bit wrong. Two of our party of four wanted salad as a side order with their pasta, which shows on the menu as being 5 euros each. We were persuaded that the salad should be a starter as this it "the Italian way". A few minutes later four plates of salad arrived at the table, One of these we sent straight back and three we kept.
The main meal was of reasonable quality but nothing special, and we only had three alcoholic drinks between the four of us for the whole duration of the meal.
When the bill arrived ( just after Pepi had left the building with much fanfare to go to his other restaurant) we were very surprised to find that we had been charged 122 euros for our meal. The receipt was covered in barely legible scrawl but we eventually worked out that the 5 euro salad we had asked for had been replaced with four salads each costing 11 euros. This is apparently Cesar salad as it contained Mozzarella cheese.
When we queried this with one of the other staff he shrugged and sent another member of staff speak with us. He was immediately rude and aggressive towards us and our queries, but did take 11 euros off for the salad sent back before dismissing us.
Upon paying the bill we again queried the excessive price of the salads and were told this was the cesar salads we had ordered. This conversation was with the son of Pepi who somehow seemed to have lost much of his ability with the English language previously evident. After some further discussion about whether the mistake was ours or Pepis he further reduced the bill to 100 euros and we cut our losses and paid it and left. The looks on the faces of some of the other diners who had been plied with shots of spirits and various other "extras" by Pepi indicated that they were due for even more of a shock than us when their bill arrived.
It may just have been a complete misunderstanding, but we left with the impression that we had been targetted as toursits for every euro that we could be charged for. We didnt see any evidence of the cutlery or tablecloth tax mentioned in other reviews on this site but then we couldnt read half of the bill!
Pepi is a master at making you feel like a valued and welcome customer and i have no doubt that he is a very wealthy man as a result.
In terms of the whole experience, we ate better food in nicer places including bottles of wine and paid less than this. I would not go to this place again under any circumstances and would advise others strongly against it also.
another couple ripped off, what is a cutlery tax? 4 euros for nothing. please don´t go to this restaurant. the meal was similar to most of the restaurants but the service and the aditional taxes were horrible
"Owner" Claudio Pepe stands at the door of the restaurant and acts like your best friend enticing you in. There were few prices on the menu and the staff pretends "English ignorance" if you question anything. Supposedly the pasta is handmade by the owner's wife. She must have been the one that also cooked the food for my third grade cafeteria----it was simply awful. The bill was outrageous for what we had to eat. Avoid this place----horrible, horrible dining experience.
Our visit to this restaurant was a truly horrible experience. Stay away from this place. Pepi Claudio met us on the street, saying his wife prepares all the pasta. Well, his wife must be Albanian, because it was the WORST Italian food I have ever eaten. We had a two course meal with one glass of wine each, and the bill was more than 100 Euros. They were rude, and the food was horrible and seriously overpriced. ALL TOURISTS STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!!
The worst rip off meal we ever had.
Owner pushes you in off the street telling you Mama cooks everything in the kitchen.
Place tiny and you are literaly shoved anywhere. We were placed in the doorway opposite the till.
We purchased wine 30.00 a bottle only to see it in supermarket next day for 3.99.
total bill for 2 was 160.00.
I had a prawn cocktail and a basic pizza.
My partner a cold meat starter and a fatty steak. Unbelievable cost.
I wish we had read the reviews before eating there. We felt violated when we left as we were so blantantly ripped off. The owner convinced us to go with the specials. Ordered pesto pasta, ended up with some creamy slop that cost a fortune. Questioned the bill and he had an answer for every cent. Do not be taken in by the friendly family owned business owners. We have travelled extensively and this restaurant is our worst experience ever.
Beware this "friendly" owner! Before our meal began, the owner brought 2 dishes of prosciutto to our table and told us they were complimentary. When we told him NO dessert, he brought us biscotti and told us IT was complimentary. Naturally, we ate the ham and the biscotti. Then we got the bill, which included the ham and the biscotti! We were charged $160 when all we had ORDERED were 2 salads, 2 dishes of pasta, and 1 bottle of wine (that was reasonable, only $22). Even if we had ordered an appetizer and dessert, the meal should have been around $80-$90. My pasta with "seafood" (which ended up being something that tasted like swordfish gone bad) was inedible. The service was poor. For example, the waiter dropped a bottle of wine that broke at my feet, and splattered and stained my pants and purse. (No apologies from this "classy" restaurant.) The only way this place stays in business is by trapping and cheating trusting tourists.
We and another English couple, were well and truly ripped off here. Do not go anywhere near here if you want a good value for money meal, look elsewhere. We ended up paying 101 euros for a single plate of calamari, a tiny bit of fish with potatoes and spinach and a tough, chewy, fatty, steak and salad, oh and a bottle of water. The other couple questioned their bill, paid up and hurried out not looking happy. I tried to complain about the steak but was made to feel like I was trying to rip the waiter off. By the time we left (practically pushed out the door) I was shaking and nearly in tears, to say it ruined our last day is not an understatment! Please please do not eat here, go elesewhere. We had a lovely meal opposite San Clemente church, a great chinese near Trevi fountain and a slow but good pizza meal near Via Vincenzie where our hotel was. All three of those meals came to less than this one! Pity I can't leave a more negative rating.
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