Cantina Cantarini

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Cantina Cantarini review 4 Users say 5/5 Rate it

This high-quality trattoria is always packed, lunch and dinner, and it's easy to see why: the cooking (from the Marches, on Italy's Adriatic side) is simple but spot-on, and the prices are very reasonable. Meat-based for the first part of the week, it turns fishy from Thursday on. The atmosphere is as allegro as seating is tight - though outside tables take off some of the pressure in summer. But the excellent coniglio al cacciatore (stewed rabbit), fritto misto di pesce (fried mixed fish) and risotto al nero di seppia (with squid ink) should easily help to override any concerns about comfort; they also do a surprisingly rich and varied take on the humble insalata mista.

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Cantina Cantarini details

Piazza Sallustio 12

Area Rome

Transport Bus 36, 60Exp, 62, 63, 80Exp, 86, 360, 630.

Telephone 06 474 3341

Open Meals served noon-3pm, 7.30-11pm Mon-Sat. Closed 3wks Aug & 2wks Dec-Jan.

Average €35.

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Comments & ratings 5/5 (Average of 4 ratings)

By Jennie M - Dec 20 2011

Good, family fare and full of Italians - a good sign. No queues because in December. Friendly service. Because of the exchange rate, meal was not excellent value for money - paid over 100 Euros for 4 mains, 4 desserts, bottle of red, bottle of water, one expresso and two dessert wines. Food was reasonable but if it had been 70 Euros we would have said good value for money.

By Bo R - Nov 9 2011

Affirmative, still one of the best places in Rome for scallops/fish et al. Served simple but excellent.
Remember that thursday to saturday is no-meat, monday to wednesday is meat only. Check at reservation.

By Eric - Oct 4 2011

Cantina Cantarini is open, alive and kicking. For lunch today, Tuesday 10/4/2011, I had the spaghetti alla gricia, bistecca di manzo, and an excellent tiramisu. Yes it is busy and hard to get a seat. As long as I get there before you do, that's all that matters!

By Sam - May 31 2011

Either the restaurant was closed for holidays or there is confusion surrounding the name (different names on door, sign and serviettes). Excellent meals, we ate here twice and would have continued to dine at Cantina Cantarini had we more time in Rome. The menu offers an interesting (and authentic) range of food, but ask for recommendations and you will get the best that they have to offer. The service was good and although space is at a premium you will forget all about that once you start eating. One of our favourite places to eat in Italy.

By Steven N - Sep 8 2010

Unfortunately it looks like this place has closed. We went tonight (8th September 2010) and there was no sign of life. Worse, there seemed to be some sort of official notice posted outside, stamped with a July 2010 date indicating repossession or something else bad. Our Italian was not up to the job of translation but we deduced it was not good news.