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Il Cartoccio

#1,731 of 9,732 Restaurants in Rome
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Via Macerata 8/A, 00176 Rome, Italy
+39 329 765 7219
18:00 - 01:00
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Sun 18:00 - 01:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Nairobi, Kenya
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183 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

My husband and I were only in Rome for a night and happened upon this place as we strolled out around from where we were staying. WE had a great time. The dinner offer was a great deal -appetizer, entree, and pasta and dessert and wine for a set price. They even made adjustments for me to the menu since... More 

Thank KTrigs
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Nice people, very helpful and kind. Unfortunately food is pretty heavy and to eat it there are only sticks. .no fork at all!

Thank Sara A
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

The old Cartoccio is back and batter than ever! Apart from fabulous fried snacks (their specialty), this time they also serve cold cuts and cheeses and offer as much as salads. The kitchen is on display so you basically watch beautiful fresh pumpkin flowers become a Roman style fire di zucca. The wine list is longer, the venue is spacious... More 

Thank akela1984
New York City, New York
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

This adorable fried food shop was perfect as we were walking around Navona. We munched on calamari, artichoke, and olives (and enjoyed two Peronis) before continuing to explore Rome.

Thank meliss1110
Treviso, Italy
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012 via mobile

If you do not expect a chic "restaurant", this is a place that is worth to be tried. Very Small "ciccheria" on the main street( max. 10-12 persons allowed), you can get small pieces of different fishes or meats, all fried and prepared on time. Quality is remarkable and time to wait restricted. For sure a good choice in Rome.

Thank aurelioc625
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2012 via mobile

Very good good, place is small but if you look for fried food this the best place. Wine was very good.

1 Thank Tiziano S
San Francisco
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66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

It is a tiny hole in the wall along a busy street. Fortunately nobody else was there when we arrived so we got to sit inside away from the traffic. Adriano, the owner, explained the menu to us and recommended items to try. Everything was great and we finished in minutes! We ordered another round, which was a bit too... More 

4 Thank BBGSinMarin
Houston, Texas
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

This place really lived up to the excellent reviews! We looked for it on a Monday, as we rode by on the hop on hop off, but it was closed. Returned on Tuesday for what turned out to be a real treat. Our party of five tried the chicken bites, the misto, baccala, calamari and the zucchini blossoms. Favorites were... More 

1 Thank TxTrish99
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69 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

After reading several good reviews, we decided to give it a try. Il Cartoccio is a very small place, if you are not careful, you will really miss it. There are 2 small tables outside and a few inside. What do they have in the menu? Everything which can be fried...Fresh mozzarella, zucchini flowers, calamari, olives, vegetables...And we were really... More 

7 Thank aysem_duygu
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

Great location on Corso Vittorio Emanuele between Chiesa Nuova and Sant'Andrea della Valle, we literally ran by it as we got off the bus. A new experience for us -- veggies, seafoods, or meats fried in a light batter with seasoning, and served up in a paper cone. The hot fresh calamari was so good we had to try more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Italian, Mediterranean, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
18:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Macerata 8/A, 00176 Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > San Lorenzo
  • Neighbourhood: San Lorenzo
  • Phone Number: +39 329 765 7219
This family-run shop offers a unique choice of traditional Roman fried specialties cooked freshly for you in 3-5 minutes. The wallet-friendly menu includes squids, shrimps, mozzarella cheese, artichokes, and much more. A well-selected list of undiscovered Lazio wines will complement the meal.
Feel free to ask for a take away paper bag or enjoy a few minutes of rest at one of our tables before continuing your walk through the Eternal City.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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