Antico Arco

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 10 publications
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10 expert recommendations



This modern bistro is the brainchild of Patrizia, Domenico and Maurizio of Il Bacaro fame, who wanted to construct a light and linear space to enjoy updated traditional Italian gastronomy.



The menu changes according to the season, but even in winter, lightness is a key word, with plenty of vegetables and herbs.

Be sure to book at least a day in advance.

Condé Nast Traveler Tick Editor's Pick

A top pick for elevated, modern-Italian cuisine served in a contemporary space, this elegant but still friendly restaurant has a well-priced multi-course tasting menu ideal for special occasions. Full review →



With soft lighting (not the case in many Roman counterparts) and romantic tables, options range from classics like the outstanding Amatriciana to more unusual options. Full review →


Fodor's Tick Choice

Founded by three friends with a passion for wine and fine food (the team leader is Patrizia Mattei), Antico Arco attracts foodies from Rome and beyond with its refined culinary inventiveness. Full review →


Frommer's 34

Carefully created dishes include homemade fresh cannelloni with rock fish and aged pecorino cheese; or a risotto with red Sicilian shrimp, asparagus, and fresh herbs. Full review →


Michelin Guide Tick 0 Stars

The chef at this modern, bright and fashionable restaurant selects the best Italian ingredients to create innovative dishes based on traditional specialities. Full review →


Rough Guide Tick Star

Located above Trastevere, next to the Janiculum Hill, this is one of Rome's finest restaurants, serving superb, exquisitely presented dishes, plus an enormous fine wine list.


Time Out Tick Critics' Choice

A January 2007 refit has given the Antico Arco a smart new interior, minimalist but warm, and the cuisine has perked up, too, after a period of stasis. Full review →


Zagat 4.2

This "upscale" Italian's "innovative", "refined" fare and "magic location" on Gianicolo Hill make it "well worth" the trip. Full review →

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