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Navona: Gio`

Via dei Filippini, 4/7 , Phone: 668301747
www.gioristorante.it
Closing day: Sunday

Reviewed by: I.A. Rose from Israel, review #3784

When: 2011

A superb restaurant offering excellent well-cooked food, which using fresh ingredients of the highest quality is made and served with genuine flare.

The recently opened Gio`, on Via dei Filippini, just off the Via Bianchi Nouvi, can be summed up in two words: simply splendid: whether as regards the superb food, the outstanding service, or the aesthetically pleasing setting.

The small and select menu, though not extensive - a, to my mind, positive not negative - is nicely balanced between meat and fish, offering ample choice of each. The food itself is beyond excellent. All made with very fresh, very high-quality ingredients, it proffers both traditional fare made with a modern, personal, touch , as well as others of the chef's own devising, and it delivers taste-wise in both cases: the dishes being piquant, flavoursome, light, beautifully presented, and just the right size. Everything is home made and delicious from the toothsome bread to the delectable candied peel offered at the end. I feel no need to make any recommendations as to what to order, but merely to suggest that you order whatever catches your fancy and you will not be disappointed.

The same is true of the wine: for the wine list too is excellent and not pricey, and you can have a bottle or a glass. Alternatively, you can ask the waiter or, better still, the manager Davide for suggestions, as to both wine and food, and he will happily help you chose, patiently explaining everything in fluent English, In fact the attentive, friendly but never obtrusive service is as good as the food; and the same is true of the whole the ambiance and architecture of the place. They are open all day, so that you can also have a snack, a light lunch with a great range of salads, which we also sampled the following day, or simply stop by for coffee and cake; all reasonably priced, with dinner coming in at an average price of 40 euros per head, the rest depends on what you order, but the ample salads are 8 euros and a huge bargain.

In sum, we - we were a party of three - loved it from start to finish, returning more than once; and would have done so time and again, both for lunch and dinner, had we not had to leave Rome. We will certainly do so next time in Rome, Gio` having moved to the top of our list of favourite restaurants in Rome.

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