MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE Antica Osteria Croce Via della Croce, 38 – Tel +39066780355 This quaint restaurant near the Spanish Steps is a real find in a neighborhood that can otherwise prove pricey. Antica Osteria Croce boasts delicious food that is not expensive but always good. They serve the traditional Roman dishes such as and freshly baked pizza and The wide array of second courses includes lamb chops, Italian T-bone steak, and locally caught fresh fish. The ample wine list favors labels from the nearby Castelli Romani hills, mostly proudly 0 km, along with some of the most important Italian reds and whites from across the peninsula. But everyone’s tastes are accounted for, whether you prefer an Aperol Spritz, a pot of tea, or even hot chocolate. Free Wifi. ama- triciana, carbonara, cacio e pepe, pinsa. 10% discount for WHERE Rome readers. Open every day, 10:30am–11:30pm. Antica Trattoria Da Luigi Piazza Sforza Cesarini, 23/24 – Tel 066865946/0668805463 trattoriadaluigi.com In Piazza Sforza Cesarini (near the austere palazzo that once belonged to the Borgia family), Restaurant Da Luigi is constantly put to the test by lovers of Roman cuisine, and passes with flying colors thanks to their successful Mediterranean and seafood variations. Many famous faces at the tables set up on the piazza fight for the first spot in line to enjoy the house specialties such as the excellent octopus carpaccio, spaghetti with clams, baked turbot with potatoes, and traditional Roman dishes like tripe, lamb, and Desserts are classic and tempting (tiramisù, and wild strawberries with ice cream) and the service is truly exemplary for its efficiency and kindness, notwithstanding the fact that the place is always full. This is a restaurant where you will come and return willingly. Open Tue–Sun, 12noon–12 midnight. Closed Mon. All credit cards accepted. ossobuco. panna cotta, La Reginella Via del Portico d’Ottavia, 61/65 – Tel 0668801607 Located in the Jewish quarter, La Reginella is dedicated to the rediscovery of the ancient culinary traditions of the area, bringing to the table the classic dishes of Jewish-Roman cuisine, revisited with a modern and gourmet twist. Roman favorites such as and are complemented by recipes from the Jewish-Roman tradition, such as allowing diners to savor the oldest culinary traditions of Italy’s capital. La Reginella also offers crunchy, thin-crusted Roman-style pizza, made with natural 72-hour rising dough and highly prized ingredients. With the backdrop of the ancient Portico of Octavia, La Reginella offers the opportunity to taste unique, genuine flavors in a historic and timeless atmosphere. The pastry chef offers authentic, flavorful, and expertly prepared classic desserts like Crostata Frangipane and Torta Saint Honorè. Open every day, 11am–11:30pm. All credit cards accepted. amatri- ciana carbonara carciofi alla giudia, Papa Rex Via Aurelia, 87 (St. Peter’s/Vatican) – Tel 06634998 – paparex.it Located just a few steps from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican, Papa Rex has been serving delicious cuisine since 1991. The restaurant boasts four themed rooms, each decorated in the classic Roman style, that are ideal for any occasion, whether it be a casual dinner or a formal celebration. The gastronomic philosophy of Papa Rex exudes respect for traditional local recipes, so you can be sure you are getting the real thing when you order famous Roman dishes like or stewed artichokes, not to mention the plethora of meat and seafood options. Pair your meal with a bottle of local red or white from Papa Rex’s ample wine cellar. Finish your meal with a classic dessert like tiramisù or lemon sorbet. Papa Rex keeps traditional Italian and Roman cuisine at the center of their specialties, while using the highest quality ingredients from the countryside around Rome. All credit cards accepted. Open every day, 12noon–11pm. carbonara, amatriciana, saltimbocca alla romana, ADVERTISING PAGE
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