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Il Focolare

#938 of 9,890 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Via Gabriele Rossetti 40/42 | Monteverde Vecchio, 00152 Rome, Italy
+39 06 581 8395
12:30 - 23:30
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Il Focolare is a popular neighborhood restaurant with really, really good food. The most outstanding dish was the pasta carbonara which was very rich and creamy. We also had the bolognese - also excellent.

Thank Barbara M
Paris, France
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I had dinner twice here with my family and the food was really excellent ! The fish, the vegetables,pasta and even pizzas are all very good and all under one roof, which is rare as the best pizzerias usually only do pizzas. There are almost no tourists here, only local Italians and a very warm atmosphere. There is one waiter,... More 

Thank Franklin C
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

For the past 6 years I've experienced the pleasure of dining at IL Fool are in the Monteverde neighborhood of Rome. This area is not immediately by major tourist spots, but up the hill from Trastevere and just south of the Gianicolo. Upon entry you are most often greeted by Brasiliano (Andre) who immediately makes you comfortable. You can request... More 

Thank Danno753
Helsinki, Finland
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We had dinner at Il Focolare several times last March since our house was accidentally close to this fine restaurant. So we ended up having quite a few dishes, as well from antipasti and primi piatti, or piatti del giorno (today's portions) as well as secondi (fish, since we don't eat meat) and dolce (dessert). I have to say that... More 

Thank Pylssy
Falmouth, Cape Cod
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60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The secret: for a good dinner at a reasonable price in Rome, start by learning to navigate the public transportation system. Then go in any direction, but at least 5 bus stops from the touristy areas. Of course, you can cheat and take a cab. Case in point: il Focolare in Monteverde Vecchio. The food is twice as good as... More 

Thank Karl_from_Flanders
Oslo, Norway
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is just excellent and our favorite in Rome. It is a local restaurant outside the tourist traps with mainly Italian customers. The pizzas are great, the seafood is great, actually all meals are great. Just go.

Thank JKristian
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Typical Italian/Roman restaurant where you can eat Well at reasonable prices. We loved it and the tiramisu is one of the best. Wood oven for pizzas too. In one week we went 3 times!

Thank jacque1b1
Williamsburg, Virginia
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587 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Rome has many fine restaurants, but this local place up on the Janiculum is our favorite. The food is exceptional, the staff is gracious and the atmosphere is like your neighborhood favorite place. We always stop by when in Roma

Thank Bear H
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

We were recommended to go to Il Focolare by a friend who lives in Rome and we are so grateful for this local knowledge! We were welcomed warmly and made to feel at home immediately. We started with classic antipasti of bruschetti which were all freshly made and simply delicious.I followed this with an amazing bowl of ravioli stuffed with... More 

Thank Jenny C
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

The menu provides every sort of marine option, but what they boast as their strength is really their weakness. Their non-marine pasta was ok. Service very nice and welcoming though, though the food took some time to arrive.

Thank Michele M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$34 - US$45
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
12:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Gabriele Rossetti 40/42 | Monteverde Vecchio, 00152 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Monteverde
  • Neighbourhood: Monteverde
  • Phone Number: +39 06 581 8395

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Above the city on the Janiculum hill, Monteverde is Rome’s popular "getaway" neighbourhood, coveted for its greenery. Rome's largest urban park, Villa Pamphili, is the area's centrepiece with affordable prices and peace and quiet. Monteverde is just far enough away from the centre to feel like you’re on a Roman holiday and close enough to feel the lure of Rome's chaos. Though its downside is the lack of scheduled public transport, this family-oriented area is literally a well-deserved walk in the park.
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