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La Cicala e La Formica

Via Leonina | 17, Rome, Italy
+39 06 481 7490
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“pasta” (36 reviews)
“beef” (9 reviews)
“al pastor” (2 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Via Leonina | 17, Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

This was the second restaurant Rick Steves recommended that was awful. First: we were actually warned against it by some locals, which we thought was odd. Second: they were serving a lot of RAW BEEF AND RAW FISH which stunk up the place, though there...More

3  Thank SeattleKC
Reviewed 2 November 2017

We came here based on the recommendation of a local here and although we were satisfied with what we had, we weren't totally impressed. The restaurant is a little hard to find, it's next door to a crepe place. There are limited amount of outdoors...More

Thank gurltraveler
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Wonderful meal in the little front patio in the heart of Monti. All the character we were hoping for on our first night in Rome. Loved it!

1  Thank Andrea E
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Very fresh very good dishes. Quiet nice romantic athmosfere and fair prices, staff was amazing. Outside seating is very private but with a nice view of italian nightlife. It s central but quiet in the same time. Nice wines

Thank alexandru mariu... S
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Located in Monte, Rome, this is a cute (not very many seats) little place that offers authentic Italian dishes. I had a meat wrapped olives and tomato served with salad. My friend had pasta with shrimp. Both dishes were delicious! We had the house red...More

Thank ZachG1994
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

We ordered fettucini lamb ragou which has the best home made pasta we have eaten so far in our 3 days in rome. The pasta was fresh and light despite having a meat sauce and didnt taste like it came from a can. The other...More

Thank katerica
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here on our last night, wanting to end with a good dinner. We were not disappointed! The menu is great, we sat outside, our server was very nice and prompt. The iced tea was delicious. I had lamb ribs, which were good....More

Thank Lois D
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Amazing service. The food was soooo good. The whole menu sounded amazing it was so hard to narrow it down to what we wanted to eat.

Thank kelsB29
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Meh all around. Spinach side dish was cold, tasteless and mushy. Two different pasta dishes were mediocre - the carbonara and the zucchini. The pork cutlet serving size was small even for Rome. And their only credit card machine broke so we had to pay...More

Thank acuity008
Lacicala L, Proprietario at La Cicala e La Formica, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017


Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

We had a Greek salad and the house made ravioli with mushrooms for lunch. The taste of the food was very nice & ravioli were al dente. However they serve small portions. There were only six ravioli on the plate. Also the salad was not...More

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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
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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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