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The well-heeled, the business-minded, and those of more refined palate frequent this outpost of tranquillity. Its owners hail from Le Marche, the region north and east of Rome that encompasses inland mountains and the Adriatic coastline. These ladies dote on their customers as you'd wish a sophisticated Italian mamma would. There's always a selection of dishes from their native region, such as olive ascolane (green olives stuffed with ground meat, breaded, and fried), various fresh pasta dishes, succulent roast lamb, and a delicious marchigiano style rabbit, with sundried tomatoes and mushrooms. Other temptations include a beautiful display of seafood and a wide selection of meats ready to be grilled in the fireplace in the front room.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Mon. and 2 wks in Aug.
Updated: 04-02-2012

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    Al Ceppo Review

    Buon Appetito!
    AL Ceppo, One of Rome’s top rated restaurants will leave any customer wishing they could go back for more. The restaurant is located on a quite road, Via Panama, located by the Villa Borghese Gallery. Upon entering the restaurant, my family and I were greeted by several waiters who pleasantly said benvenuti, or welcome. We were immediatly seated but do not forget that most of Rome’s upper scale resturants, including Al Ceppo, require a reservation or else they will send you back out the door. The atmosphere was very charming, situated in the bottom floor of what was once a house. Several marble statues and paintings line the walls giving the resturant even more of an Italian zest.
    After several minutes, I was presented with a large menu, all in Italian. However, our waiter was more than willing to translate everything into English for us and answer any of our inquiries. For the antiposto, or appitizer, we ordered lightly fried artichoke, a typical dish that Rome is known for. The fried artichoke was an entirley new dish to us but was a pleasant surprise on how well it tasted. The leaves of the artichoke odly enought tasted like potato chips. It was an interesting dish that I would recommend anyone visiting Rome should try. Folowing this we received the Primi, or first course, which always consists of some sort of noodle dish. I ordered carbonara which was served in a generous portion. The dish was excellent with the noodles cooked “Al Dente” style, which is where the noodles are still slightly firm in the middle. One thing I have learned from my trip in Rome is that you can never go wrong ordering pasta. For our secondi, or main course, I ordered beef. It came layed out in an artistic fashion on the plate cut into small slivers. The beef was a healthy pink in the middle with a lovely char to the curst.
    The superb Italian dinner was around three hours; however that is how most restaurants operate in Rome. The service was very attentive from beginning to end. Definitely worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Rome.

    by CSRyan18, 11/1/10
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    Upscale and Authentic

    Treated with care, we had a delicious last meal in Rome, with impecable service, from start to finish. Waitstaff was very helpful in guiding us through the menu.

    by ehbsumm, 5/16/07
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    One of the best in Rome

    I have been going to Al Ceppo for quite a few years, mostly in the fall season when white truffles are plentiful. I am always impressed by the quality of the food, ( fish and mushrooms especially, and the Ascona olives...) the excellence of the service and the wine list ( tremendous) and, most of all, the value. (Some background music can help, but I believe I talian restaurant don't believe in that...) I am in the restaurant business myself and know how difficult it is to maintain consistency. Bravo to the Milozzi ladys! Adel

    by adelito, 3/10/07

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