La Campana, Rome

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Vicolo della Campana, 18, 00186 Roma +39 06 687 5273

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    Ristorante la Campana: Rome's oldest restaurant?

    by MM212 Updated Apr 14, 2010

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    With its unsubstantiated claim as Rome's oldest restaurant, Ristorante la Campana has naturally made it into many guidebooks. As such, it could easily have turned into a tourist trap. Fortunately, their traditional Italian and Roman dishes have remained delicious and authentic and are served in a classic-looking Roman restaurant with multiple dining rooms. If you do come here for an early dinner, you will likely see only tourists, but as the evening progresses, the locals will arrive at their normal dining hour of 9pm or later. The restaurant has a fixed menu, plus many daily specials including some traditional Roman dishes, such as carciofi alla giudia.

    Favorite Dish: Note: la Campana is closed on Mondays

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    Ristorante la Campana: Rome’s Oldest Restaurant

    by von.otter Updated Dec 6, 2008

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    “Suddenly the air was full of that deep clangor of bells which periodically covers Rome with a roof of silver.”
    from the short story “Roman Fever” by Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

    Located between Piazza Navona and the River Tiber, Ristorante La Campana is Rome’s oldest restaurant. It was once an inn as well, but no longer.

    In this classic Roman restaurant, with white tablecloths, there is an essential earthiness about the place overlaid with an old-world formality; waiters in dark suits have worked here so long they perform their duty in an efficient, if rather, rote fashion.

    A hand-written menu changes regularly, to reflect seasonal ingredients; there is a predictable lineup, beyond seasonal dishes, of beloved classics. The soups are all hearty and delicious, including the pasta e fagioli. La Campana, the Bell, displays an abundance of fresh vegetables and fish, and the homemade desserts just inside the front door.

    We make it a point to take lunch here each time we visit the Eternal City. We have managed to sit at the same table, where we have a view of the ceramic tile coach logo (see photo #2) on one of the restaurant’s walls. And each time we are completely satisfied. To avoid a crowd, drop in toward the end of lunchtime, around 14:30.

    This restaurant is also near Palazzo Altemps. See my Rome Things To Do tip, “Palazzo Altemps: Sculpture Heaven” for more about this wonderful museum filled with a grand collection of Classical sculptural works.

    The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

    Ristorante la Campana, business postcard, May 2007 Ristorante la Campana, ceramic tile logo, May 2007

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  • La Campana: Sunday Family Measl

    by earthmother65 Written Apr 24, 2008

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    The old-fashioned traditional Sunday family lunch place - outstanding meat, pasta and the best tiramisu' in Rome. VERY Roman waiters, i.e., brusque but their heart's in the right place
    Vicolo della Campana - north of Piazza Navona

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    Della Campana: Try the Antipasti and the Fresh Pasta!

    by jeaniek13 Written Apr 12, 2007

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    The restaurant has an antipasti bar (which we didn't experience), instead we ordered a couple of appetizers and pastas. The service was friendly -- they had some regulars and overall get used to eating late at restaurants in Rome. We ate here in December 2004.

    Favorite Dish: We ate a good meal at La Campana, there seemed to be a bunch of regulars and a mix of tourists. My mom had spaghetti w/ vongole and my sis and I had ravioli. She had hers with a spinach and ricotta filling and butter sauce and mine was artichoke and zucchini flower blossoms with a tomato cream sauce. We all enjoyed our meals -- before ordering the pastas we had ordered a couple of antipasti including calamari fritti and another one recommended by the waiter (which my sister did not eat because she does not eat anchovies). The second one had zucchini blossoms with a hint of anchovies and (I think mozzarella) -- they were fabulous!

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    La Campana: Great dining without spending a fortune

    by rephluxx Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Apparently this is one of the oldest restaurants in Rome. The food here was definitely regional Roman good and the service was quite good. Everything we tried on the menu was absolutely delicious, and the bill wasn't outrageous considering the quality of the food. Their house red wine was to die for. Mmmmm.

    Favorite Dish: The roman artichokes (Carcofi alla Romana) were exquisite as was the creamy and tasty Fish Risotto that I had. My boyfriend ordered a salmon entree that was cooked and flavoured to perfection.

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