Run don’t walk, call and make a reservation. This is my favorite restaurant in Rome.
This is your quintessential Roman family-owned restaurant. Everything is delicious and served in cramped seating. It’s true Roman cuisine! And yes we had the house wine, a great deal.
Their website is located here.
Where to Sit
There is a small outside patio in front of the restaurant with a few tables. The people without reservations who are the first in line usually can nab one of these.
Otherwise if you have a reservation, the host will nod and point you to your table. If you enter the restaurant and look in, the bathroom is to the left and the kitchen is to the right. There are tiny clusters of tiny packed tables. My recommendation is to ask to reserve a table far away from the bathroom (try to ask for the tables closer to the door, as long as you are visiting in warm weather).
Besides artichokes, the pasta was the highlight of the meal. We tried the seasonal ravioli and the amatriciana. The pasta is cooked to al dente, of course. The guanciale (cured pork cheek) accompanying each mouthful of pasta was a crunchy and delicious surprise. They also offered a seasonal lasagna when we went in the spring which was ok, (tasted like lasagna!). Go with their standard pasta offered year round.
Via dei Vascellari, 29, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
M-Sat (12.30-15.00, 19.30-23.00)
CLOSED ON SUNDAY
What to Order
I know what you’re thinking. It’s meatballs.. why would I just order meatballs? But no, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the meatballs from Da Enzo, called Polpette al sugo. Just the right combination of meat and supportive ingredients to create a savory dish. Per their menu, they use organic eggs to make it.
The first time we visited was during the Winter. Artichokes are in season during the winter, and they were offering two versions of their artichoke! I hated artichokes until I tried the ones from this restaurant. (Sadly I’ve tried numerous attempts at similar recreations in the States and none do it justice). We tried both versions at the restaurant, and my favorite was the fried one (of course), called Carciofo alla giudia (see header image).
The Main Courses
We decided also to try some main courses, the Coda alla vaccinara, the oxtail. It was very rich. Not my personal favorite because I don’t usually enjoy oxtail, but I think for anyone who does this would be a solid choice.
We also tried Trippa alla romana: very soft and tender meat. But you need to like tripe.
Saltimbocca alla romana was very flavorful and a nice choice for veal lovers.
Taking advice from other flood blogs, I’ve ordered their desserts. The desserts are tasty but nothing spectacular and taste as how tiramisu and custard should taste. Should you not possess a sweet tooth and want to order an extra dish of pasta as “dessert”, this would be a smart choice.
Recommend: Whole-heartedly. (5/5)