Trattoria is a sort of institution in the Eternal city, if you are in Rome you cannot miss to go and eat at a trattoria. At the beginning, it was considered a mix between elegant restaurant and common osteria, now it is a “must” trough the city’ streets.
You cannot leave Rome without going into one of them (or several), because it means tasting not only the real flavours of the city but also its traditions. Yu will experience the real romanità (Roman’s way of leaving).
Where can you eat, and what?
Certainly, the cacio e pepe has to be a part of the menu, and why not? The Carciofo alla Romana (Roman’s artichoke) or the famous saltimbocca (veal meat with prosciutto, salvia and wine).
The fried food is a specialty of the trattoria “Velavevodetto”: it is A very particular place in Testaccio, an historic neighbour of the city and it is built on the Testaccio’s hill. Inside, the little windows let you see the cocci (pieces of) the ancient Roman’s amphorae that give the name to the hill and they also create a fresh a system of ventilation which is totally natural and sustainable.
Then, there is the “Hostaria Romana” where you can enjoy the real spirit of a Roman’s trattoria: here romans and tourists are so close to each other, sitting all together, they taste typical meals as Carciofi alla Romana (braised artichokes) or Carciofi alla Giudia (fried artichokes). Everything is made following the old school; the waiters are “romans d.o.c.” and as the Madame says “no’ se po’ mandare via ‘a gente co’ ‘a fame…” (it is impossible to let people go with hunger).
The best carbonara? Maybe you can find it at “Roscioli”, in Campo dei Fiori: here there is also the veal tartare but especially the best bread in Rome: once the local was an ancient bakery, it has been changed trough the time becoming the famous trattoria, but it is still saving the quality of food.
Liveliness, fantasy and flavours are the characteristics of “Armando’s at the Pantheon”: it is an authentic roman trattoria, close to the Pantheon: the menu is various and the pasta alla gricia and the saltimbocca are very special. You cannot miss the dessert: the “Antica Roma” cake with ricotta and the special Claudio’s crostata, which is called the Ottobrata, because it is a specialty during the autumn season.
What can we say? Enjoy the meal!