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“Delicious food, average service, NOT VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY”
Review of Osteria La Sol Fa

Osteria La Sol Fa
Ranked #268 of 13,795 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$29
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Esquilino
Description: Real Roman cuisine. The chef Claudio has learned the classics from his mother Carla (a tradition since 1938), also creates new recipes every day using only seasonal produce and the region. Brother Flavio between the tables to help you choose what to eat and thanks to the teachings of father Raimondo to choose what to drink. It is not a tourist restaurant, but a place where you can enjoy good food and breathe the air of the family.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Not vegetarian friendly. Had one pasta and a couple of side dishes that were without meat. Yummy artichokes and potatoes with tomato sauce. I had the pasta with pecorino romano and pepper which was rich but delicious. My friend had the ground veal and boiled chicory greens which she said were average. We waited for 15 minutes which we saw as a good sign, that the restaurant was good quality. We found it a little price-y with a limited menu. However we did think that the food was authentic, no pizza or fixed menus here! Would recommend to those without dietary restrictions though! Definitely high quality pasta.

Thank Mary Cate P
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Osteria_La_Sol_Fa, Proprietario at Osteria La Sol Fa, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018
Google Translation

Facciamo cucina romana e sicuramente non è il paradiso per i vegetariani (ancor di meno per i vegani). Anche se tra i primi abbiamo la cacio e pepe e volendo la pomodoro e basilico, tra i secondi spesso abbiamo proposte alternative e sempre disponibili le uova in trippa (frittata di finta trippa), oltre la varietà di contorni. Abbiamo tanti AMICI vegetariani, e non troviamo la sua valutazione coerente con quanto da lei scritto.

We do Roman cuisine and certainly it is not a paradise for vegetarians (even less for vegans). But always we have Pasta and alternative proposals vegetarian, over the variety of side dishes. We have a lot of vegetarian FRIENDS, and what you wrote is not similar at your score.

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Reviewed 20 November 2017

An amazing meal. We went on a Saturday night and they could only put us outside (I would suggest booking if it's a Saturday). The food is good quality and the staff are friendly and helpful. We went for everything they suggested and it wasn't a disappointment. If you're staying in the area, I would highly recommend it and if you aren't, make an effort outside of the busy streets of central Rome.

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Thank Matthew D
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I really enjoyed our meal at Osteria La Sol Fa. I picked it because of the proximity to our hotel and because of the good reviews. I always try to find restaurants that are characteristic of the neighborhood in which we are staying and I feel that I was spot on with this choice. The feel of the place is like a neighborhood restaurant. The food was fantastic. The waitstaff made some recommendations made our meal even better. When I go back to Rome, I will make it a point to stop back in.

Thank shamrocklax03
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Najlepsza pasta jaką kiedykolwiek jadłem, polecam pasta Carbonare, po prostu urywa wszystko :) Jedzenie po prostu przepyszne, a obsługa przemiła. Miejsce w którym ciężko o turystów, a za to sami Włosi, czyli jedzenie musi być dobre. Reasumując - dla tej pasty warto zapomnieć o kaloriach i polecam to miejsce na 200%. // The best pasta that I ever ate, and I totaly recomend this place, it is awesome. Food is outstanding, and serivce is so pleasant, that You want to came back. At this place You won't find any tourists, just local people, so it means it is really local. For their pastas you can forget about calories and just let it flow ;) Just amazing place which I recomend for 200%!!!

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2  Thank TheSpongeBob
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We were looking for a good "Authentic" Roman meal and came upon the well reviewed Osteria La Sol Fa through through TA. I went through some individual reviews to get a feel for it and overall they were positive except for a few warning signs I should have paid more attention to regarding service. It was close enough to our hotel to walk to so we decided to give it a try. I called ahead for a reservation and did not have an issue with just two hours ahead on a Saturday night. After walking a few blocks we arrived at the location which is easy to miss down a side street. We were greeted by a nice young lady who asked if we wanted to dine inside or out. It was a beautiful evening so we chose to dine outside. Although there were others dining in the outdoor area we were seated on the opposite side near some bushes. We decided to move up one table in the wide open section they put us in because we didn't want to sit near the bushes. As we're sitting down we hear someone yell from inside the restaurant "Hey you have to sit over there!" We were stunned as well as some of the kitchen staff who seemed taken aback by this. It happened to be the owner of the establishment who did the yelling who then comes over and tries to explain why he yelled that we HAD to sit where they put us. It didn't make sense but we figured out that they keep the tourists segregated to the back of the restaurant when the locals are out. My first instinct was to leave but we were hungry and we thought it must be some funny Italian quirk. When reading the other reviews I should have picked up on their anti tourist attitude when one commenter stated how condescending the staff was when telling them "We don't serve pizza or lasagna". Not all tourist want pizza and lasagna! We were handed two menus for four people and asked for more menus. The owner then proudly boasts how "We don't serve many tourists here so we have limited English menus." I can read Italian well enough so I took an Italian menu while the others shared the English one. I ordered the spaghetti with oxtail marinara as my primi which was just OK. Not very memorable. My mother-in-law ordered a salad that appeared wilted and not fresh which she didn't eat. As my secondo I had the oxtail in a marinara sauce which was good but not great. I kept waiting for something to WOW us there but it was not to be.
Overall we were HIGHLY disappointed with the food and service of Osteria La Sol Fa. The only smiles we received were from the young lady who first greeted us. My wife described it as not welcoming and cold. The food was unremarkable, not memorable. There are much better places in Rome which will happily take your money and feed and treat you better than this place. I would definitely NEVER go back to this mediocre establishment. I would HIGHLY recommend Trattoria Trusco in the same area for a much friendlier experience and much better Roman cuisine!
P.S. It appears they love tourist money. Not so much the tourist. If Saturday is for locals they could have easily told us they were full when we made the reservation.

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Thank Ivan M
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Osteria_La_Sol_Fa, Proprietario at Osteria La Sol Fa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Unfortunately, very often strians like you are arriving without having booked and in addition to claiming the table they want to notice only after having been seated that no pizza or other dishes are served, as we only do Roman cooking; so surely our impact with those who did not book is straightforward to see if you know our kitchen, but this is true for any Italian or foreign person who is that I did not book. That said, we can accept that you did not appreciate and very likely understand the food offered, but the many reviews in favor of our kindness deny its, we like to let you know the dishes of Roman cuisine and be able to spend a nice evening, but in front of rudeness we surrender and become cold. We are happy that you and people like you are no longer because we do not like the tourist's money, but the real tourist in search of non-touristy cuisine and that allows us to do our job in serenity and with the heat that we marks. We decided to answer just because it could serve those who like you, choose our restaurant only on the basis of our score on TA, and instead they are just looking for a place to feed themselves; here we are not only nourished by the body, but also the spirit and therefore we appreciate that those who are ready to know the Roman cuisine and act as a guest at our home and not as a master, for these people our smile and our kindness does not will never be (and repeat countless positive reviews and not just show it).

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