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#2,195 of 8,468 Italian in Rome
#2,346 of 10,360 Restaurants in Rome

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0.4 km from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 21 July 2021

We were first guests! We visited the place twice during our holidays! Perfect spaghetti carbonara and pizza! People who are working there are Italians - helpful and nice :) we are from Poland 🇵🇱

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2020 via mobile

It was Saturday evening so I was grateful to get in anywhere. The guy who seated me - grey hair glasses - was actually really nice. He asked if I had a reservation and I didn't but he gave me a table and the menu....The first waiter who came to me clearly hated English people. He was the youngest one there with very short hair. He asked if I wanted a drink and I said "one moment" and turned to point at the drink I wanted and he just tutted and walked away. So I sat for 5-10 minutes and then another waiter - a normal non racist guy - took my order. The wine wasn't great. The Vongole were so many shells and so few clams. Da Michele close by is a million times better. I was planning on having a dessert and coffee but I heard the oldest grey haired waiter (presumably the boss or owner) say "get rid of him" I understand enough Italian. So I paid and went. I only gave two stars not one as the first waiter accommodated me. No tip because who pays for racism?More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 15 July 2020 via mobile

The restaurant is located a few steps from the Brancaccio theater and from the Metro station in Piazza Vittorio. They have a large seating area outside. The place is nice and the service is friendly. We stopped for a quick bite, for a pizza, but...then we changed our minds and we ordered fish with potatoes. It was good, but not extraordinary. We have been here a couple of times already. It is the typical Roman cuisine joint, sizeable and tasty dishes, mostly for tourists on their way to the Roman Collosseum. The prices are like everywhere else in the area.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 3 February 2020 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place on our way to the colosseum. It wasn’t busy at all so we had a ton of privacy on their covered patio. We both got a pizza and both loved it!

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 26 December 2019 via mobile

On our walk over to Colloseo, we decided to have pizza lunch here. We LOVED it. Our waiter was fine, no complaints, and pizza was fresh and delicious. It was very authentic. Fairly reasonable price as well.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 26 December 2019

We’ve only been in Rome a few hours and happened upon this restaurant on a neighbourhood wander. It was so early, by Italian standards, that the kitchen and waiting staff were still sitting down to their own meal. But we were made to feel very...welcome, even though we were jet lagged and early. Friendly waiters, very accommodating of us non-Italian speakers. Lovely food. A really good spot for a family dinner.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 11 December 2019

TIP! As others stated beware of an older male waiter. We also encountered this same waiter who said we'd have to eat outside. It was late, cold and we could see many tables inside. We asked a very nice woman if we could be seated...inside and were told it was no problem. She seated us in a very nice, quiet side room. Our meals were very good as was our service. We were even offered an after dinner drink, after we paid our bill.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 21 October 2019 via mobile

Awful, Waiter was rude, kept rolling his eyes, as someone else has also suggested on here seemed very raicist, felt even worse having to leave a mandatory trip which was not made clear, left an unplesant feeling for which was otherwise a nice trip in...rome. Would not reccommed. Food arrived hot after a long wait, good way to waste money if thats what you are looking for. The waiters hygiene was also of poor standard. Reading some of the other comments I can see why they made service charge manditory as it would be the only means for receving a tip.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 21 October 2019

Terrible service. We asked for a table for four and were told to sit anywhere. Once we had chosen a table we were ushered to a different table. When we asked if we could it at our chosen table we were told the table we...were being sat at was better and the elderly man rolled his eyes at us. We started to order and was informed they don't do tap water so bought still water. Then when some in the group were ordering seafood we were informed the seafood platter was not available now as they don't open until 19:00 ?! The man rolled his eyes at us a lot as if we were inconveniencing him by ordering our meals. Once we had eaten and asked for the bill, we noticed the service charge of €6 added and upon checking the main menu at the front we noticed it mentioned, in small lettering, that there is a service charge of €1.50 per person, this was really upsetting as the service was beyond poor. The food was hot when it did arrive. The people were very unfriendly and it just ruined our trip in Rome, up until then we had been having an amazing timeMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 4 October 2019 via mobile

It was delicious... Especially carbonara and lasagna. The staff was quite friendly. The cost of the dinner for a couple was under 50€.

Date of visit: October 2019
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5 June 2016|
Response from Solita L | Reviewed this property |
I think they open reasonably, earlier than 7.30pm like a lot of places. We were there about 7.30 but other people were well in their meals by that time. Sorry I can't be more specific.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tempio di Mecenate

Yes, Tempio di Mecenate offers takeaway services.

Tempio di Mecenate is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5