Pear

★★★★★

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We recently moved to Rome from an area that was blessed with a huge depth of options in the "elegant-casual" "fine-dining" style, and have been surprised by the paucity of such restaurants in Rome.

After viewing their menu on-line (www.pricklypearfinedining.com), I figured there would be no way we'd ever get a table for two a half hour before 6:30 PM on a Saturday night, but the person taking our reservation by phone said that would be no problem. We were shocked, and frankly a bit worried, to arrive and find only one other party in the restaurant.

Well, we needn't have worried. We received attentive service, and the food was first-rate - impeccably prepared, presented and served. The wine list, while limited, was well thought out and reasonably priced.

If you are like what appears to be the vast majority of those who dine out in Rome, and prefer predictable chain-restaurant fare, don't go to the Prickly Pear - head straight for Ruby Tuesday's or whatever clone suits your fancy. On the other hand, if you're looking for an interesting and elegant dining experience and top-notch food, I strongly recommend the Prickly Pear. We've already been back twice, both times with similar results - great food, great atmosphere, and a nearly empty restaurant in the prime dinner hour.

Perhaps I'm spoiling the secret with this review, but I really want them to stay in business - Rome NEEDS dining options like the Prickly Pear, if it ever hopes to be the first-class small city to which it aspires.

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★★★★★

We recently moved to Rome from an area that was blessed with a huge depth of options in the "elegant-casual" "fine-dining" style, and have been surprised by the paucity of such restaurants in Rome.

After viewing their menu on-line (www.pricklypearfinedining.com), I figured there would be no way we'd ever get a table for two a half hour before 6:30 PM on a Saturday night, but the person taking our reservation by phone said that would be no problem. We were shocked, and frankly a bit worried, to arrive and find only one other party in the restaurant.

Well, we needn't have worried. We received attentive service, and the food was first-rate - impeccably prepared, presented and served. The wine list, while limited, was well thought out and reasonably priced.

If you are like what appears to be the vast majority of those who dine out in Rome, and prefer predictable chain-restaurant fare, don't go to the Prickly Pear - head straight for Ruby Tuesday's or whatever clone suits your fancy. On the other hand, if you're looking for an interesting and elegant dining experience and top-notch food, I strongly recommend the Prickly Pear. We've already been back twice, both times with similar results - great food, great atmosphere, and a nearly empty restaurant in the prime dinner hour.

Perhaps I'm spoiling the secret with this review, but I really want them to stay in business - Rome NEEDS dining options like the Prickly Pear, if it ever hopes to be the first-class small city to which it aspires.

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