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Via Trionfale 94, Rome, Italy

A 15-minute walk from Vatican, the specialties of this tavern mainly consist of traditional Italian vegetarian cuisine. Oven cooked and not fried. Pasta and sweets made-in-house. Non-smoking. May order drinks around 7:30pm but the chef does not arrive until 7:40pm. Previously named Ristorante Taverna Vegetariana. Open Mon-Sun 12:30pm-3:00pm, Mon-Sun 7:30pm-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Italian, Beer/Wine, Take-out

Reviews (18)

First Review by drwiz

Probably not worth the walk from the Vatican if you're tired - Edit

Vegan dishes were labelled on the menu. The interior was nice. It's a bit out of the way but reachable from the Vatican on foot.

The food was fairly unimaginative, but nice. We had oven-baked courgette flowers stuffed with rice and an oven-baked spinach and broccoli leaves topped with toasted almonds.

Pros: Labelled vegan dishes

Cons: Not especially imaginative cuisine

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nice restaurant - Edit

just a bit on the pricy side,but the staff was very welcoming and explained in fluent English the Italian menue very well.

definite recommendation around the Vatican

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don't go there - Edit

Food not so bad but small portions, quiet expensif and service not very kind

Pros: teasty dishes

Cons: small portions, unfriendly staff

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traditional italian - Edit

This restaurant serves traditional Italian dishes made vegan/vegetarian. This generally comes down to: a starter, a first, which is the carbon source, like pasta, and then the second, which is the protein source, in my case seitan. For me this was somewhat unusual, but I guess it gives a good impression of how it really goes in Italy. The food was tasty and a large volume.
Staff was friendly and spoke English. The opening hours are incorrect though: should be mon - sun 12:30 - 15:30 and 19:30 - 23:00

Pros: italian cuisine, quantity, friendly staff

Cons: fairly expensive

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Worst value meal ever - Edit

I understand that meal prices are over inflated in Rome but this restaurant takes the biscuit. A salad consisting of one under ripe tomato and completely unseasoned tofu will set you back 8 euros & 50 cents. The seitan dish was ok seasoned but minuscule - and was just that-a very small portion of seitan by itself for around the same price. Add a 33cl beer and that comes to 24 euros.i don't' know how any of the previous reviewers came to such a positive assessment. The service was also poor. On the positive side it was quite close to our hotel. The chefs are obviously not vegertarian.

Cons: Poor quality, High prices, Mediocre service

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Great find! - Edit

So happy we found this place, which is only about a 10 minute walk from Ottaviana metro station. All vegetarian with lots and lots of vegan options. I had the vegan caprese to start (tofu instead of cheese) and an awesome seitan dish for my main. Would go back for sure. Menu only in Italian, but waiter was able to help navigate.

Pros: Clearly labelled vegan options, Great taste

Cons: No English menu

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awsome restaurant one of the best in Rome - Edit

They claim to use only seasonal vegetables. The food is tasty. Restaurant is cause. Staff speak good English. They are a bit slow but hay we are in Italy so nothin unexpected :). They don't have English menu so you need to relay on waiters translation I would consider this a good thing, as the place is obviously target for locals.

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Great experience. - Edit

I went here with a local and on her advice sampled vegan interpretations of Italian food. I found all the dishes delicious, very well balanced flavours and really perfectly prepared. The range was decent for vegans (at a guess, about 40% overall of the dishes are vegan), everything else is vegetarian. While none of the dishes were totally amazing, they were great and essentially flawless meals.

The portions were very generous for such a well prepared meal, we only had an entrée and one main - making it through all four courses (entrée, two mains and dessert) seems like it would be an endurance event.

In total both mains and entrees cost us 20 euro, which for the quality of the meal and the service I rate as very reasonable.

I'll go back here again next time I'm in Rome.

Pros: Great meals., Great service., Appropriate price.

Cons: None.

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Tasty! - Edit

I was there after my visit in Vatican City. I was very hungry so I was happy when I found that place.
Food (vegan Focaccia Napoletana) was very tasty, the price wasn't too high. Waiter was nice and helpfull but he didn't want to smile (I tried really hard to make him smile but no effect).

Pros: good price, tasty food

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Very good food!! - Edit

Very good food!
The place is good, the service is good enough. It seems a restaurant run by the family, this can be considered a good point, but it can also be a little bit unpleasant sometimes. I've been there as it had just been opened, after a while the family started to arrive, and transformed the place into their own house, I felt out of place, that is, in their place. So I just fished my meal, asked the bill and went away.
But in general lines, I can recommend this restaurant, specially if you are in Prati, that is, close to Vatican (15 minutes walking).
One important note about Rome and Vegetarians: if you like pasta, pizza and Panini, it is not necessary a vegetarian Restaurants, because all of them will provide you a great food without meat.

Pros: The distance, The food, The price

Cons: The service , The atmosphere

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Loved it! - Edit

Lunch after visiting the Vatican Museum. Halfway between two Metro stops. Two of us shared the Insalata Grece, Antipasto Rustica and Malazena e Patatas. Every dish was fresh and delicious. The waitress spoke some English but it was fun to order off the menu reading the Italian like I knew what I was doing. The restaurant is warm and inviting and the waitress and owner were friendly. The Taverna closed at 3:15 on the day we were there.

Pros: fesh and delicious food, lovely ambience, friendly Italians!

Cons: none

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Great tastes, interesting dishes. - Edit

We ended up going to this place for dinner when another was closed and it ended up being a real treat. Everything was good and the tastes were unique. The standout dish was a serving of whole oats with vegetables. I thought it would be odd because I'd never had oats used like rice, but I loved it. The dishes seemed to be authentic Italian dishes that just happened to be or could be modified to be vegan. The portions were good and prices reasonable. Our waiter spoke english and the menu was in English. I wish I had something like this where I lived! Lots of vegan options on the menu and good wine by the glass choices. This was maybe a 10 or less minute walk from the Vatican or the closest Metro.

Pros: Interesting Italian dishes, Unique tastes

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great - Edit

We have been twice, partially because we're staying so close by but mainly cause we enjoyed it so much! I had the tofu pizzaiola which was a perfect match between a very flavoursome sauce and the mild tofu, and then the seitan which was just awesome, plenty of veg and couldn't pick out the flavours specifically but warm and homely. Perfectly filling and tasty. My boyfriend had the parmesan aubergine and the tortellini. He loved both but the pasta was recommended by the waiter. A surprise that it came cold but he was raving it! So if you can't choose feel free to put your trust in the waiter. Good English and very accommodating.

Pros: tasty, helpful staff, air con inside but also outside seating

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Good vegan options - Edit

The vegan options here are clearly marked. I ate a superb soup and a seitan dish. The seitan was the best I ever had. So fluffy! The sauce it was in was very tasty. My companion had a tofu dish, which we thought would be some kind of tofu pizza, but turned out to be tofu with tasty tomato sauce on top. It was tasty enough. He also had the Bruschettine vari gust, which was tasty, but nothing really special. It is toasted Italian bread with some toppings, like olive spread.
The service was very slow.
Overall, the food was very good and it was nice to be able to eat vegan Italian food rather than the standard fare found in most veggie/vegan restaurants (grains with beans, stews, veggie-burgers, etc. or Indian food).

Pros: nice atmosphere, excellent food, vegan options clearly marked

Cons: slow service

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Not open - Edit

I tried to go here in August at 3:00pm, as they are listed as being open until 3:30pm, but they were closed.

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review August 08 - Edit

We took a taxi to this restaurant for lunch since it was quite far from our hotel. Note that it is on the West side of the river. The area is interesting and upscale.

The staff did not speak any English whatsoever so when the server brought us a salad plate we had not ordered, we assumed that it was a free sample. It was a combination of fresh orange pieces with raw onion and olive oil. This is not a combination I would have expected to work but I liked it. My wife did not care for it. The vegetarian soup was good but quite salty. Other dishes we ordered were also oversalted for our taste but they were prepared well.

When we received the bill, the salad was listed and charged. Perhaps it was a language issue.

Pros: good veg selection

Cons: salad served that we had not ordered, very slow service

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Excellent choice! - Edit

A real "neighborhood" restaurant. Small and cozy with friendly staff and generous, well prepared foods. Wide selection of vegetarian and vegan foods in generous portions. Terrific use of seasoning and solid presentation. About 1/2 to 2/3 of the price of the "upscale" vegetarian restaurants. I would rate it a 5 out of 5, but for some reason the review box below will only let me select a maximum of 4!!??!! Overall, my #1 choice for vegan in Rome. Ask for Marco, he was a great waiter!

Pros: value, selection, staff

Cons: none!

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Good Value - Edit

Just back from Rome and had lunch here once. Good selection although not 100% veggie.

Nice staff but they only speak Italian, the menu is colour coded so you should be able to find your needs easily. The salads are huge compared to anywhere we visited. We arrived 25 minutes before opening, but the staff let us inside to look over the menu, they were very nice.

I suggest you go visit the vatican are in the morning and go here for lunch, as its location is a bit off the beaten track(15 minutes walk from Vatican).

Pros: Good Food, Nice Staff, Good Value

Cons: Location

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