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Ristorante da Giovanni di Valentino

#1,710 of 9,778 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Esquilino
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Via Filippo Turati 36, Rome, Italy
+39 06 446 4989
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose this restaurant as it looked very busy and homely. I had the spinach and egg pasta with cream and mushrooms which was tasted ok and filling as the portion was a good size. My partner has the schnitzel and potatoes which was very tasty. There was a guitarist who came in at the beginning of the meal to... More 

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South Wales
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Probably the most traditional restaurant we ate in in Rome. The entertainment is great and the food excellent. You will not be disappointed with this restaurant. Do not walk past! We visited here on our last evening in Rome and enjoyed it so much we went back for lunch the following day, before leaving for the airport.

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Thank ATDECullen
Newport, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

As we were a group of 9 staying in the hotel Ariston just about 200 yds away this was great, the owner was great making up tables for 9 which is awkward in a small restaurant, food was great, lovely red wine he advised and while he sang to us as well.

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Thank Nick S
Bangkok, Thailand
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We wandered past and decided to visit for a late dinner. Great service and exceptional food. We had the spaghetti cacio e peppe, the grilled fish, mixed vegetable soup and the tiramisu for dessert. All were exceptional but my two favourites were the grilled fish and the tiramisu!! We were also entertained by the owner who sang some funny tunes!!... More 

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Thank Sean966
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Immediately opposite our Hotel Morgana. Great food and atmosphere, always full and mostly locals, which speaks for itself! Owner waited on tables and gave interludes of his musical skills by playing on his guitar & singing to the patrons, which everyone loved. A real Roman experience in dining, not to be missed.

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Thank Tracy M
Les Pavillons Sous Bois, France
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Good food and super ambiance.... The boss plays guitar and sing as well. "Italian ambiance" guaranteed !

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Thank Ratrack S
Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We found this Ristorante a few doors away from the Hotel Kennedy where we stayed over the past few weeks. A great place to eat, with great food, great value and great entertainment with the owner picking up his guitar and singing to his patrons. We ate there most nights we stayed and loved it. The other waiter too was... More 

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Kent
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We arrived after a trip from the UK pretty tired but hungry! We asked the hotel for a local recommendation for a snack. " The restaurant across the road is fine" so we had a meal. Food was good and very very reasonable. The crowning glory is that (assuming the owner?) Played a mean guitar! We were treated to "what's... More 

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Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Not only did we eat several meals here, we stayed in the hotel above it. The food was as good as you would expect in a small neighborhood restaurant. Service was excellent, and the owner is so casual, he becomes the entertainment just by his attitude.

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Thank Michael P
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This eatery provided consistently good food and drink during my three day stay. The most appealing aspect is the host, Valentino. He uses humor and timing to make the meal entertaining. He serves the meals and works the crowd like a gifted entertainer. He often brings out his guitar and sings for us. And he's good. To sum up: the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via Filippo Turati 36, Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Esquilino
  • Neighbourhood: Esquilino
  • Phone Number: +39 06 446 4989

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighbourhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighbourhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic centre. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
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