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May 9, 2014 04:05 AM

La Zanzara

I continure to search for a good restaurant in the Vatican area, otherwise a wasteland. Someone recommended to me La Zanzara:
La ZANZARA Roma, Via Crescenzio, 84 (Angolo Via Varrone)
00193 • Roma (RM) • Italy

Any of y'all been there?

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  1. Stay away! See and be seen, bad quality, bad execution. In the vatican area try sorpasso, passaguai, romeo; or pizzarium and panificio bonci as street food options.

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    1. re: vinoroma

      Thank you, Vinoroma! I've done some internet searching. Are sorpasso and Passaguai two separate restaurants? Are they restaurants as well as wine bars? Is the Romeo at this address:Via Silla, 26, Roma, Italy? Thanks beforehand.

      1. re: sidcundiff

        Sid, I thought you liked Cesare in that area - or is it too far away to qualify?

        1. re: jen kalb

          Jen Kalb, I ate at Cesare once, Easter Sunday, 2010. I did like it, I just wonder if it is indeed a bit far away to call it "Vatican area." But I may be wrong.

          1. re: sidcundiff

            There are two restaurants called Cesare. The one everybody has been talking about for the last few years is NOT the one near the Vatican. Its full name is Cesare al Casaletto. The other one is on via Crescenzio.

            1. re: mbfant

              Thank you for the clarification. I'll have to consider Cesare al Casletto. the next time that I am in Rome.

        2. re: sidcundiff

          Yes, sorpasso and passaguai are seperate places, though they belong to the same people. Passaguai is more a wine bar with food; sorpasso a trattoria with wine ;) And yes, that is the romeo.

      2. I actually loved the food at Zanzara. I had a truly great plate of hand made fettucine with anchovies and collatura. Also, as a starter, a mini panino with mortadella, parmigiano and mayo was delicious.

        The burger (which my friend had) was good too, and served with a side of perfect chicory.

        The baccala mantecato was the only dish we didn't love.

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              1. re: vinoroma

                haha. Well, it did make me sing. I'm proud to be able to spell badly in so many different languages. ;)

          1. re: minchilli

            Thank you, Elizabeth. The person who recommended zanzara said he had the best carbonara in Rome. Perhaps he was right.

            1. re: sidcundiff

              It was surprisingly good! Also, I really liked the design and atmosphere, which was relaxed and not too crowded. The service was also very professional.