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Navona: Ristorante Montevecchio

Piazza Montevecchio 22a , Phone: 06.6861319


Reviewed by: kate7047 from FL, review #2241

When: 2006

Beautiful little jewel of a restaurant with excellent service.

This is a tiny restaurant in a small piazza on a little street. It's really worth the hunt to find it, as the food was terrific.

I especially recommend the steak dishes. One member of our party had a sliced beef tenderloin with peppers and another had a filet which were terrific. My husband had a delicious sea bass. My lamb chops were too well-done, however. I recommend the mixed meats and cheese antipasto platter. It was very thoughtfully chosen with the meats and cheeses complementing each other beautifully. My daughter had a lovely, light cheesecake for dessert which she raved about.

The waiter was excellent. He was attentive without being intrusive. He spoke English pretty well and was also helpful about the wine selection. An oddly sullen woman brought the secondi to the table. I'm not sure what she was cranky about, but she couldn't dampen an otherwise excellent dinner. Our dinner for 6 with 1 bottle of wine came to 260.


Reviewed by: Cezza from Italy, review #2171

When: 2006

Excellent small restaurant on a quiet piazza, small outside seating area, a little expensive but worth it for the food and presentation

A meal for two with wine was 95. The fiori di zucca were good and the steak was excellent. The decor is lovely and the staff very friendly. There is a nice outdoor seating area and a small indoor area, so booking is a good idea.


Reviewed by: coy from Canada, review #467

When: 2003

Small intimate; chef/owner; exceptional mixture of traditional & modern italian cooking with lovely presentation.

This lovely relatively new restaurant is in a great setting in a small square between Piazza Di Tor & Piazza Navona. There is seating for about 20 people. It is owned by the chef who appeared to be in his late 30's & has worked in many of the finer Roman restaurants.

We were attracted by its appearance & the rather unusual offerings. One can sample from 2 set menus. One includes meat & is 6 courses including dessert & the other is vegetarian. The meat menu is 34 euros & the vegetarian is 14. One can also eat a la carte. At first I thought it pricy - which it is - but the care & quality of the food makes it worth it.

I would describe the food as a mixture of traditional & modern Italian or giving a new twist to traditional foods. The chef prepares everything himself from soup to dessert. I can't remember all we had & anyway saying it was a bean or duck dish doesn't begin to describe what it tasted like. The one dish I would like to comment on is the dessert my husband ordered. Now I'm not a tiramisu fan as I feel it's been done to death but I tasted his & it was exquisite. It was a taste explosion ... coffee, liqueur & crunchy hazlenuts (I think) incredibly light. The service was wonderful ... one waiter who appeared to be a sommelier as well. A good wine list.

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