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Alvaro al Circo Massimo

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Via dei Cerchi, 53, Rome, Italy
+39 06 678 6112
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
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Tue - Sun 12:30 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 19:30 - 23:00
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

For me it was really delicious, but my wife said her pasta sauce was salty. It is a nice place, we were there at 19:00, but nobody was there just we. Later at 20:00 two other companies get around. You can try, they speak English and the service is great.

Thank Tamás G
Welling, Kent
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223 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We stayed not too far from here and it was a great location for New Year's Eve. They had a 6 course cenone (for EUR 60) and the food was fantastic. The service we received all evening was excellent and it was great that we could wander out at the end of the meal to enjoy the concert at Circo... More 

Thank hayles_tawny
Rome, Italy
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941 reviews
576 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 404 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Not what it used to be.....the food is ok but you feel that Alvaro has retired. He's still there, but has loosened-up. The pasta was ok, the bruschetta tasteless (wrong bread). The meat ok, service ok....but lost charm.

Thank Romanbiker
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Pasta and meatballs with a very pleasant vino rosso della casa. Nothing remarkable but 'nice' without breaking the bank. Was not open for dinner Sunday evening.

Thank Chrisandros
augusta, georgia
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Walking along circus Maximus and wandered in, hoping for a cool drink, until we saw the menu! These folks take fish seriously! I had bruschetta piled with so many fresh, pickled anchovies it looked like a door knob! We all ordered differently and had to share tastes after all the oh' sand ah's . I had clam sauce, my husband... More 

Thank crazyconnery
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
1 review
Reviewed 7 February 2016

Very good, hearty food! Tasty, not presumptuous. Excelent service! Warm, kind, family-owned restaurant. We really enjoyed our meal!

Thank Aggahieme
Zurich, Switzerland
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632 reviews
430 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2015

Very friendly and welcome atmosphere, good food, looks very old and classic. Prices are a bit higher but not a rip-off place, it is just very deep in the centre and therefore EUR 15 for pasta seems high but is acceptable, especially when you consider the way it is made.

Thank mrsorso
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

This is what trattorias outside of Italy try to emulate but can't buy the years of experience. We had the perfect and refreshing Prosciutto and Melon on a 95 degree day with a chilled Rosso Al Montalcino, followed by spaghetti Congolese, spaghetti of the sea and the pappardelle fungi. Not a drop of sauce made it to the dishwasher. We... More 

Thank Rob D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We stumbled upon Alvaro a year ago when we got trapped in torrential storm in the middle of Circo Massimo. We had an amazing lunch that time and that's when we discovered the cannoli. This year we went back to Rome with my in laws and of course wanted to go back to the restaurant. It was exactly as we... More 

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Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2014

From outside this place looked closed however on trying the door we were welcomed in very warmly to a typical old style trattoria. We ate a very tasty meal of antipasti, spaghetti and iced deserts. Not cheap but lovely food.

Thank Carl W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
12:30 - 15:30
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
12:30 - 15:30
19:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Via dei Cerchi, 53, Rome, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Aventine
  • Neighbourhood: Aventine
  • Phone Number: +39 06 678 6112

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Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighbourhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.
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