The first time I went there was on a freezing December night when we had a power cut at home so despite the snow paralyzing Rome traffic needed to go out and find sustenance - the pizza place wouldn't deliver given the road conditions.
That evening was so terrible it was funny. They had live music on - a guy and girl ensemble who sounded so awful I thought they were kidding to warm the audience at first but no, after a few songs I realised they were serious.
The food was less than average, my mussel stew was bland and tasteless and my son's vegetarian pasta came with bacon and egg so he had to send it back.
Service however was friendly and cheerful, and we could see there were many families there and regulars who kissed the staff when arriving so we tried again.
We've been there many times since, have always enjoyed impeccable service with cheerful banter and useful advice thrown in. After a few visits you're quickly recognised and your preferences remembered, which is amazing given the size and the turnover.
They offer barbecued meats and pizza in the evenings - personally I've never tried it but my son has had the take-away pizza and swears by it (wood-fired oven of course).
My personal favourite is the salt-baked sea bass, a tasty and low cal choice but if you want to splash out the linguine with lobster is copious and delicious.
Great atmosphere, modest prices and consistently good food over many visists apart from the first one.
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