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“Amazing food and drink! Gregory and Hossain were the best!”

La Cucina Nazionale
Ranked #186 of 13,146 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$17
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Esquilino
Description: Traditional Italian Restaurant delivering simple and delicious classic italian food: Spaghetti, Lasagna, Cannelloni... The owners of the Cucina Nazionale, established the restaurant in 1936, and have become in the last 80 years a very special place for all romans and visitors looking for a quick, inexpensive and tasty meal. Open every day 11:30am-11:30pm, no stop.
Reviewed 18 August 2021

Our family of 4 visited Rome for the first time on July 23, and our hotel's receptionist recommended this restaurant to us. The restaurant locates right on Republic Piazza. Gregory greeted us immediately and we felt right at home. We chose to sit outside with a nice view of Fountain of the Naiads. Greg was very friendly and helpful, and his recommendations were simply wonderful. We loved this restaurant so much that we ate there 3 evenings in a row, until we left for Naples. Greg and Hossain treated us like old friends. The steak, beef brisket, pork, and roasted chicken were best for the main courses. Lasagna, pasta dishes and the pizza were very tasty and filling. The house-made pitta bread with the olive oil, oh my goodness, was so good that I am mouth watering right now. Chicken Caesar salad was a big portion and yummy. The desert simply would not go wrong with any choice. We tried Lemon Fruit (or tart, I can't remember exactly) Ice-cream, Lava Chocolate Ice-Cream, Tiramisu, and seasonal fruit such as Pineapple and melon. Greg made us the special juice cocktails (non-alcoholic) and limoncello drinks, which was first time for my wife and I. We were so lucky to find this wonderful restaurant to enjoy our short stay in Rome. The average evening dinner cost was about 100 Euros, which was reasonable compared to other Roman touristy spots. 2 teenager kids and us were always stuffed! Our family highly recommends this restaurant gem to anyone visiting Rome, especially those staying within the walking distance of Piazza della Repubblica. Some of dishes and drinks' pictures were taken and uploaded here, but others were devoured before we realized no picture was taken.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Thank Yanran L
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Reviewed 17 August 2021

Hussain was our guy he was very nice man and the pizza was very tasty and a nice place I recommend the restaurant

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank alifT1793LN
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Reviewed 14 August 2021

Awesome food ! So delicious ! Perfect pizza and pasta!
Choose carbonara or lasagna!
Service guy was really nice ! Thank you !

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 9 August 2021

Went here 2 different days. First, for pizza, then for pasta. Both were very good and the staff was quite friendly. Although my Italian is limited, they were very helpful!

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank josiahknows
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Reviewed 8 August 2021

The food was amazing I took a royal hamburger and I loved it actually even decoration was good plus the waiter Hussain was really sooo nice

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank Simozerx
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