Opinion about this family-run restaurant in the Jewish quarter is strongly divided, and our own experience here has been mixed. If we’re sitting outside in beautiful weather and sipping wine while gazing at the columns of the portico d’Ottavio, it’s hard to find fault with anything in the world. The spell is slightly lifted, however, when we’re dining indoors and not distracted by the spectacular scenery.
We love the fried lamb’s brains and the winter salad of puntarelle with anchovy sauce. On a recent spring visit, the rigatoni alla Gricia was solid and satisfying, as was the light but flavorful spicy tuna spaghetti. However, the much-heralded carciofo alla giudea – fried artichoke – went largely uneaten. On a different visit, that same artichoke seemed delicious. It could be a matter of fresh fryer oil. More likely, it’s just that everything tastes better on a terrace.
We recommend Da Giggetto for pretty average Roman cuisine on a perfect summer evening when you want to dine outside with one of the best views in town. Those who arrive with higher expectations or find themselves sitting inside may be disappointed.
Da Giggetto in pictures
Photos by Sara Garcia & Meg Zimbeck © Rome by Mouth
What people are saying
- Katie Parla (2016) includes this in her roundup of Rome’s most overrated restaurants, saying “I can’t say how many times I have eaten at this place and I have never had a great meal there. I really don’t know why people go nuts over this place. For great food in the Ghetto, I suggest Nonna Betta, Al Pompiere, or Piperno.”
- City Secrets Rome: The Essential Insider’s Guide (2011) says there are few more charming places to dine than here and recommends going on a warm summer evening when there are tables set up outside.
- The Food Lover’s Guide to the Gourmet Secrets of Rome (2010) calls this “the temple of the carciofi alla giudia” (fried whole artichokes) and also recommends trying to get a table outside, “from where you can view the majestic ruins of the Portico d’Ottavia built by Augustus.”