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Tre Scalini Tips (11)

Tre Scalini: A nice spot on Piazza Navona...if a bit touristy

The guide books said that it was known for its chocolate studded tartufo (chocolate-chip ice cream) and so, after a long day walking around Rome, we decided to give it a try.

The restaurant has a nice spot in the Piazza Navona.

Favorite Dish The food was okay..nothing spectacular...apart from the chocolate-chip tartufo. The bill was a bit pricey as well.

Probably better just to turn up for dessert!

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Dec 30, 2014


Located in the middle of Piazza Navona, Tre Scalini has been a favorite of mine over the years. Always a treat to be back. Eating outdoors in the piazza costs a little more than inside but the people watching is wonderful along with the sights and sounds of the piazza. Many vendors set up their stalls or easels to sell their paintings and with a glass of vino, you can sit back and watch them. Well worth the extra Euros to be sitting down for a lunch or dinner at the primo spot in the Piazza Navona.

Many fine dishes are available and the wait staff waits until you signal them to order or pay the bill. Remember that you must call the wait staff as they do not like to disturb you while enjoying your food. Some may say the wait staff are rude. No, they are just doing their job to keep you happy. Slip the waiter a couple of Euros before you sit and see the difference. They are not rude but respectful. Next door is the Mokarabia coffee bar and gelato parlor, so if the price is too steep at the ristorante then try the coffee bar. That is where I go after the outdoor sitdown to have my gelato desert.

Favorite Dish Dessert is the main course here. Their signature dish, Tartufo, an ice cream decadent treat with a surprise, is not to be missed.

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Oct 29, 2012

Tre Scalini: Only Had the Gelato

Our ultimate destination for our first night in Rome (arrived earlier in the day about 3:00 p.m.) was Piazza Navona.

After walking through a couple of countries that day (France, Italy, Vatican City) we made our stop for our first Italian Gelato.

Having read about Tre Scalini in several different books and on VT we knew that it was a fairly typical tourist stop, but we do some very typical tourist things on most vacations. Not very many, but some.

Sue and I both had 2 or 3 scoops of gelato (the only one I wrote down was the Rum Raisin) which was refreshing.

We chose to take this as a walk away item since sitting at one of their tables would have cost us at least a couple of Euros more per person and we figured we could just as easily walk around the square and people watch at the same time (although while eating we wouldn't be able to take any pictures).

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Oct 05, 2012

Tre Scalini: Tre Scalini in Piazza Navona

A romantic time in Rome itself...hmmmmn...I would make it part of an evening.

One afternoon, after your siesta, when you're done window shopping and all, wander over to the Pantheon and admire it inside and out. Then as darkness falls, go over to Piazza Navona. Make the circle around the whole piazza arm in arm, like other couples. You may see kiosks set up to sell stuff, you may see artists selling caricatures, you will definitely see lots of other people seeing and being seen - it's a car free zone (except for the lone police car that wanders slowly through).

When you've done a circuit or two admiring the fountain of four rivers and the buildings around the Piazza, sit in the bar next to Tre Scalini (it may be Tre Scalini's bar, I don't remember). Tre Scalini is a long time restaurant that all Romans know (even if they don't go) on the west side of the piazza.

Tell the waiter that you would like a drink, and that you would like to have dinner inside afterwards. If you can, sit outside with your drink and your better half, and admire all the people walking by. This evening promenade is quintissentially Mediterranean.

When you're ready (or the waiter comes to tell your that the best table - in the window - is ready), go into the restaurant and have dinner. It will not be cheap, but, frankly, it's more expensive at trendier places. For dessert, be sure to have tartuffo al cioccolato (sp?), a homemade chocolate bomb that was home-made by this restaurant.

After dinner, make another circuit of the piazza (to aid digestion), then have an after dinner drink at the bar across the piazza (perhaps a shot of Amaretto or Tuaca - Italian servings are not as large as American) or a digestivo - Italians are big into herbed drinks to aid digestion.

Then stagger home. ;-)

Favorite Dish Tartuffo cioccolato...'nuff said...

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Mar 11, 2012
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Tre Scalini: Beautiful setting - good food

This restaurant is on the Piazza Navona and right by the 4 rivers fountain so it has a really great location in this most charming of Roman squares. We ate at this restaurant as a sort of treat on our last night in Rome and picked it pretty much solely for it's location. We didn't have starters, just a pizza each and a gelato afterwards with a bottle of red wine and a coffee to drink. The bill came to 91 euros (without tip) which is a bit steep for this but we knew we would be paying for the location. The food was very good (not excellent, but still very good) and we left feeling satisfied and had to have a lovely walk at night back past the Pantheon to walk off our dinner. Service was fairly quick for Italian standards without feeling at all rushed. If you are looking for a pleasant meal with the location being a top priority then you should consider this restaurant.

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Oct 23, 2011

Tre Scalini: The famous Tartufo

Tre Scalini is a grand old cafe/restaurant located in the heart of Piazza Navona.

It is one of those expensive cafes that you pay a fortune to sit in the Piazza and watch the world go by.

While it is not the friendliest of places, and you get the feeling that you are being churned in and out in a hurry, it is certainly a great place for some people watching.

Favorite Dish The speciality of Tre Scalini is their Tartufo - a type of chocolate ice cream ball (refer to the photo).

It is evil. In a good way.

Their coffee is average.

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Apr 01, 2011

Tre Scalini: Great Italian Pasta

We went to this restaurant based on previous recommendations at Virtual Tourist and we're very pleased to say we weren't at all disappointed. The food was great! We couldn't fault any of the dishes we had. The restaurant itself is located at the Piazza Navona so if you sit outside you can enjoy the views of the fountains at no extra cost to sit outside.

The only thing is that they do charge for the bread they put on your table which we only realised when we received the bill. But the food was so good we actually didn't mind paying the extra few euros.

Favorite Dish We only tried the pasta but between us we had the fettuccine with shellfish. If you like seafood you will love this dish. The linguine al pesto was great and the spaghetti alla bolognese even though it's a simple dish it must be the best one i've ever tasted.

Sep 07, 2010

tre scalini--in Piazza Navona: Always pasta and fresh seafood

Every time we get to Rome we make time even with grandchildren to eat at Tre Scalini. Location is fun and we eat outdoors and the food has never been a disappointment.
Reasonably priced for the great location-Make a reservation

Favorite Dish Rigatoni to stat and then whatever the fresh fish is grilled

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Tre Scalini: Nice restaurant on Piazza Navona

Nice restaurant on Piazza Navona with friendly waiters which is mostly a rarity in Italy.
They were very helpfull, tried to talk to us in English while we tried to talk their language which is really appreciated over there.
The price is above average but with that you got some live music and could enjoy the atmospere there is on the piazza every day and evening.
We went there for lunch one day and went back for dinner because of the atmosphere, good food and friendly waiters.

Favorite Dish I started with ham and melon for starters, then penne all'arrabiata for primo piatti and scampi grilli for second piatti. Everything was really good and the size of the pasta plate was huge for a primo piatti.

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Apr 10, 2006

Tre Scalini: Very good

Really good Tartufo!

Right information are:

Tre Scalini
Piazza Navona 28

Favorite Dish Tartufo

Apr 04, 2011

Al 3 Scalini: Voted Least Likely to Return To

A better description would be "Two Grumpy Men". Food was mediocre, a bit overpriced. At least the beer was cold.

Favorite Dish Nothing really stood out.

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Aug 10, 2007

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Getting to Tre Scalini


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