MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE Piccolo Abruzzo Via Sicilia, 237 – Tel 0642820176 – piccoloabruzzo.it This inviting restaurant, in business since 1974, has recently reinvented itself under a new management team, power duo Massimiliano and Domenica. In the restaurant business practically since birth, Massimiliano has helmed various establishments around the city, culminating in nearly four decades of experience in the industry. His restaurants have gained popularity for the quality of food as well as the service, making then some of the best-loved in the city, and now he has brought his experience to Piccolo Abruzzo. All the ingredients and products served, including the wines, are of exceptional quality, selected from trusted local suppliers. The cured meats and cheeses, tempting first courses, local meats, fresh produce and homemade desserts are all subject to rigorous standards. The ambiance is intimate, cozy, and welcoming, with a rustic interior featuring exposed brick walls. Its splendid setting is right in the heart of Rome, just steps from glamorous Via Veneto. Open Mon–Sat. All credit cards accepted. Reservations recommended. Trattoria da Teo Piazza dei Ponziani, 7a – Tel 065818355 – trattoriadateo.it Eating in enchanting Piazza dei Ponziani on the quiet side of Trastevere means satisfying the eye even before the palate. From typical Roman cuisine to well-presented marinated suggestions, your taste buds will be equally gratified. For starters, try mushroom salad, Roman-style artichokes, fried monkfish, or Catalan salmon. For a first course, try fettuccine with porcini mushrooms, spaghetti with lobster, fresh pasta with ricciola sauce or spaghetti with anchovies and pecorino cheese. Taste the grilled swordfish with capers and tomatoes, tuna steak with balsamic vinegar, stewed oxtail, or baby lamb cutlets. Tiramisù or fresh strawberries with mascarpone are succulent dessert options. In addition to all this, Da Teo offers a commendable wine list with a variety of labels, as well as a relaxed and super-efficient service. Reservations are essential. Open Mon–Sat, 1pm–3pm, 8pm–11:30pm. Closed Sunday. L’Arcangelo Via G. G. Belli, 59 – Tel 063210992 – ristorantelarcangelo.com The subtly vintage atmosphere of this charming restaurant provides an interesting juxtaposition to its daring and innovative cuisine.The restaurant’s aim is to overcome the limitations of tradition to find new sources of inspiration and creativity. A few of the menu’s highlights include pecorino fondue with caramelized pears, cold tomato soup with Roman ricotta dumplings, rabbit with sweet and sour vegetables, seared tuna in a celery and candied orange sauce, and beef cutlet with sea salt, beer, and rosemary. Traditional Roman dishes are also on offer, such as the fantastic classic or mint-infused tripe with pecorino cheese. The dessert menu boasts many temptations, including chocolate cake with pears and hot peppers, and chestnut mousse with hazelnut cream and persimmon. All credit cards accepted. Closed Saturday at lunch and all day Sunday. amatriciana Roma Sparita Piazza S. Cecilia, 24 – Tel 065800757 – romasparita.com Roma Sparita’s delicious served in a bowl made of parmesan cheese, can be described as the quintessence of Roman cuisine. This iconic Trastevere establishment is lively and welcoming, serving a vast array of great Roman dishes. Try their Jewish-style artichokes, fried cod and zucchini flowers, or pasta with oxtail sauce. Second courses include tripe and an exceptional steak served on a layer of arugula with raw artichokes or porcini mushrooms. The pizzas are made in the wood-burning oven and homemade desserts include apple pie served warm with vanilla ice cream. Well-stocked wine cellar. This is the perfect place if you want to discover the flavors of the past. Open Tue–Sat, 12:30–2:30pm and 7:30–11:30pm; Sun, 12:30–2:30pm. Credit cards accepted. Reservations strongly recommended. cacio e pepe, bucatini all’amatrialla romana ciana, tagliata ADVERTISING PAGE
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