Roman cuisine is famous the world over for a few of its dishes, such as carbonara or amatriciana, which are nowadays considered simply Italian cuisine. You can’t vacation in Rome without having dinner in an authentic Roman trattoria. In addition to the culinary experience, Roman evenings are enjoyable, filled with a lively and informal atmosphere where the caciara reigns. We’ve selected a few typical Roman trattorias in different areas of the capital that, in our opinion, deserve a stop. We’ll post them a few at a time here on the blog. Here are the first three! Buon appetito!
Armando al Pantheon
Not far from our hotel - if you watch the drone video you’ll realize how close we are to the Pantheon - you’ll find one of the most famous trattorias in all of Rome, which succeeds in remaining a place where you can eat well even though it’s in an area assailed by tourists. But what part of Rome isn’t?
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Run with passion by the same family since 1961, the restaurant has seen actors, directors and other notable figures pass through its tables in the midst of the many “regular” patrons who have all appreciated its simple, real Roman cuisine made with quality ingredients. We start with the antipasti, from a simple tomato bruschetta to lamb coratella (offal), and then move to first courses, such as Roman stracciatella (soup), or spaghetti done in the most famous ways: carbonara, alla Matriciana and alla Gricia. Then we’re on to the classic main courses like l’abbacchio a scottadito (lamb), trippa alla romana (tripe) or saltimbocca alla romana (veal), but the menu also offers much more. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Saturday evenings and Sundays. Salita dei Crescenzi 31, Rome. Tel. 06 68803034
Flavio al Velavevodetto
We’re in the Testaccio neighbourhood, at one time home to Rome’s port where ships from all over the Roman Empire would dock, bringing goods from faraway lands. When the urns used to transport oil, wine, and other delicacies were emptied and no longer needed, they were cast aside. Centuries of this practice gave life to a mountain, the Testaccio, made up of layers of these remnants, called “testae” in Latin. If you want to see what’s left of it with your own eyes, stop for dinner at Flavio al Velavevodetto: in addition to the best carbonara of your life – here made with rigatoni – and the delicious polpette di bollito (meatballs), you can also admire the remains of ancient Rome through the windows. The setting is very spacious, and the same owners also have another restaurant in the Prati area of Rome. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Via di Monte Testaccio 97, Rome. Tel 06 5744194
Da Enzo al 29
In the heart of Trastevere there’s a tiny trattoria with people lined up in the street waiting to get in – that’s Enzo al 29. It takes patience to get a seat, but it’s worth it - even Il Gambero Rosso food guide says so. This place offers marvellous stuffed squash blossoms or artichokes alla giudia (when they’re in season) and obviously a variety of first courses. Enzo al 29’s amatriciana is in the top 5 of many gastronomic guides, just take a look here: http://www.daenzoal29.com/dicono_di_noi.php.
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The brothers who run it make a simple choice in the sourcing of raw materials: small local organic producers or vegetables from their own garden. Despite the crowds, the service is friendly and extremely quick! If you’re lucky enough to find a spot outside, you can enjoy the mild Roman weather in this informal and pleasant atmosphere. Da Enzo al 29, via dei Vascellari 29, Rome. Tel 06 581 2260. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays.