Boulder >Food & Dining > Antica Roma
1308 Pearl St, Boulder, CO | Directions 8030240.017936 -105.278218
Monday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 03:00 PM Monday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central Boulder
OK in a pinch – The appetizers and pizza were good but he service was awful. They were trying to accomodate way too many tables in the front/outdoor area. Didn't work well, everyone around us was not happy with the service they got, it was obvious.
We were about to get up and walk out when a waitress finally noticed us. She managed to get us our food in a timley manner, but it was only apps and pizza so it was not too difficult. We aksed for oil twice but never got it. Though the table next to us didn;t get bread (they ran out) so we were just happy to have our bread.
Mediocre Dinner, Probably Good for Quick Apps Though – I wanted to take my girlfriend out to a nice Italian dinner with some good wine. Mediocre was more like it.
I looked at their website and Ive even walked by it many times and have always noticed a good business. Antica Roma also boasts a wine cellar Award of Excellence 97 to 04 from the Wine Spectator.
I called at 3:30pm to see if they had availability for two. What I got was a rushed woman & Ya, sure come in attitude, who had barely enough time to take my name.
Upon arrival we were graciously greeted and seated promptly. Ambiance is a nice rustic Italian. Unfortunately this is where they become mediocre, but before I get to the grilling I do want to mention the wait staff was quite good and attentive. Now for the grilling, my first wine selection was brought out. Wrong year. Next selection, they didnt have. Finally they brought out a suggestion, I accepted just to relinquish the waitress from the embarrassment. The food was mediocre as well. I selected the squash ravioli. The squash was bland, the sauce was bland and everything was barely warm. My girlfriend selected the seared tuna that was drenched in olive oil.
Onto dessert; my girlfriend selected the gelato, which was obviously old with all the ice crystals. I selected the Creme de Carmel. It was very good if someone wanted Orange Creme de Carmel. Now maybe I missed that important tidbit when I ordered it, but Im fairly certain it wasnt. Maybe someone can confirm?
Bottom line, go for the appetizers or the pizza.
Romanesque decor--fountains, brick walls and front patio--underscores the authentic flavor of the pasta. – In Short
This restaurant offers diners the experience of Rome, complete with wall graffiti, broken frescoes and hanging laundry. Luckily, the food tastes authentic as well. For a more intimate experience, the bar lies tucked away in the back. The menu features flavorful pasta al pesto--homemade penne slathered in basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmigiano and olive oil. The lunch buffet offers a variety of seasonal lunch specials--appetizers, pastas, meats and breads.
Don't waste your time and money! – Have lived/worked in Boulder for 10 years. Antica Roma has really gone downhill as evidenced by our recent dinner for 8. While the menu reads as wonderfully authentic, creative, and extensive, every dish was sub-par quality and closer to that of a fast-food type Italian restaurant. Except for the price unfortunately! Ambiance in and out is good and the outside patio is a great people-watching spot in Boulder, but save yourself lots of money and just have a glass of wine there before going to one of the many other fabulous Boulder eateries!
worth a try – I ate there recently with my family (kids, grandkids) and the staff was very tolerant of my toddler grandson. The setting was ambient, the lighting perfect and the food was above average. The pasta was perfectly prepared and the sauces were interesting. It was priced appropriately. The only downer was the service, long wait just to get a bottle of wine, waiter was a real amateur. The food came out at different times for each member of our party, salads were delivered one at a time. But, it was worth putting up with and we had a nice evening with family and good food in a nice environment for dining. We would go back.
Change of Opinion – Antica Roma used to be my favorite place in Boulder, not just Italian, but my absolute favorite.
But time and things seems to have changed. My past few experiences there have been quite negative. I can understand a bad night for anyone but I feel that enough is enough.
The service I experienced was at an all time low. The servers and hostess had bad attitudes towards the group I was with and others in the restaurant. Which totally ruined the feel for the place. Olive Garden seems more comfortable then there. The food quality has also seemed to suffer. Not only the pasta was under cooked but so was the chicken.
Delicious! – Visited the Roma only by the thought of dinner on the patio along the outdoor mall, but the food was spectacular! A long time resident of Boulder, I can't belive I didn't try this sooner. Between the wine list, the live music, and the absolutely wonderful food, Antica Roma IS Italian food in Boulder.
This place is great!!! – What a wonderful experiance. Great food, excelent service and spactacular service.
Very romantic – Very friendly service.
Excellent wine list, the best for Italian wines in the area.
The food is not at the Italian standards in Italy, but is the best you can find in the area.
Very cozy bar.
Awful – The food is not good. The service is fair on a good night. Antica Roma wasn't good six years ago when I first dined there and it isn't good now either.
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