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Perilli

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Perilli Review

In this restaurant dating from 1911, the old Testaccio remains, as proven by the interior style. A seasonal antipasto table starts things off, offering Roman specialties like stewed Roman artichokes and puntarelle (curled chicory stems in a garlicky vinaigrette with lots of lemon and anchovy). The waiters wear crooked bow ties and are just a little bit too hurried—until, that is, you order classics like pasta all'amatriciana and carbonara, which they relish tossing in a big bowl tableside. This is also the place to try rigatoni con pajata (with calves' intestines)—if you're into that sort of thing. Secondi plates are for meat-eaters only, and the house wine is a golden enamel-remover from the Castelli Romani.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Via Marmorata 39, Testaccio, Rome, 00153 | Map It
  • Phone: 06/5742415
  • Metro Piramide.
  • Location: Testaccio

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Wed.
Updated: 03-04-2013

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    Perilli Review

    We went to Perilli's for my 30th birthday dinner and it couldn't have been more special. The waiter was nothing short of amazing - declaring when we asked for suggestions to leave it to him as he is the boss. LOVE IT!

    The food was rich Roman cuisine and though I'm no foodie, tasted pretty darn good. The carbonara was divine, the ox tail amazing and the desserts were to die for.

    Maybe it was the glow from my celebratory mood, but I would go back to Perilli's when I return to Rome.

    by Iris_Dias, 1/31/11
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    Perilli Review

    I have had the good fortune of living in Rome fort over 20 years, so I know a thing or two about good Roman cuisine. Perilli is nothing less than one of the best places to go and try what is authentic Roma cuisine. From the bold pasta dishes, Ammatriciana and Carbonara are to die for, to the Abbacchio al Forno (Roast Lamb) and various veal dishes, this restaurant serves nothing but the best. The service is cordial and the atmosphere, though a bit bright, is very typical of a good Roman Trattoria. By all means, it is worth the cab ride to go and try Perilli for their great food.

    by JDBRUCK, 1/29/10
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    Pretentious and Insulting

    We had heard so many great things about Perilli … Originally we had made a reservation for four, but last minute it ended up being just the two of us. Instantly, the waiter gave us a cold shoulder and the smile disappeared for the rest of the night. We were taken from a table towards the back to a little table up against the door. It was obviously the worst seat of the house and he made it very clear that we had to sit there even though the place was completely empty. We asked for a different table and were told it was impossible to give us another table. There were a few tables with reservation cards on them, but the majority of the tables were empty. If you are a tourist, forget about eating at Perilli without a reservation. If you’re Italian, they’ll move the reservation card to seat you at a table. We saw them lie to tourists (since we were right by the door) again and again that they were booked full to have Italians walk in, ask if they had reservations, answer no, and then be seated at a table. There was a table of three who were tourists like us and the waiter behaved just as badly with them. The only good thing at Perilli was the carbonara. It was very good, but the rest of the food was awful. We’ve never had such poorly cooked lamb with three bites of meat and the rest fat. It felt as if they had found the worst cut of meat just for us. The final blow was when we asked for the menu for something else since we were still hungry and given the hand to our faces. He then continued to ignore us for 20 minutes until we finally tired of the entire scene and put on our jackets. The man rushed over with the check and didn’t comment on the full plate of uneaten lamb or the fact that we had asked for a menu but never ordered. I asked to speak to the manager and as I tried to compliment the food and tell him the service was bad, he play acted disbelief with exaggerated gestures and hand motions. He physically leaned backwards and threw his hands up in the air as he tried to bit his lip to keep from laughing at us. We just shook our heads and walked out. Congratulations Trattoria Perilli, we heard your message loud and clear: you don’t want tourists to eat at your restaurant. We will never come back here again. We have never been treated this badly in our travels throughout the world. The whole night was a joke; they enjoy making tourists feel unwelcome and inferior to Romans. Say what you want about America, but you would never be treated like this- not even at McDonald’s.

    by bgtravelers7, 11/17/08
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    I felt like a local!

    My husband and I ate at Perilli our first evening in Rome and went back three more times! I think we were the only Americans in the place, and we absolutely loved it! It reminded me of the many Sunday afternoons I spent having lunch with my grandparents and extended family. The food is to die for and very reasonably priced. The carbonara is truly the best in the city. I am going back to Rome next and Perilli will be my first stop.

    by dlb716, 7/14/08

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