During our five night stay in Rome, we ate at Il Focolare 3 times! The restaurant was such a comfortable environment to be in. It was clear that the restaurant was a neighborhood favorite. We saw entire families, couples, and friends but not a tourist in sight (except us). Even though we did not speak Italian, the wait staff were extremely accommodating and even gave us a menu with English translation. The first night I ate there, at the recommendation of the waiter I had prosciutto with bufala mozzarella. He brought out this plate of heaven with a bed of fresh prosciutto and a ball of bufala mozzarella sliced in half laying on top. It was so fresh, sweet, and juicy it was like nothing I have ever experienced. Other notable meals included zabaglione made tableside and served over fresh strawberries! The highlight for me was when I asked the waiter for his recommendation and he gave me something that wasn't even on the menu! He brought out handmade spaghetti in a seafood ragu of langoustine, lobster, and crab. I am still having dreams about that dinner! Definitely the best meal I had in Rome. If you want to have an authentic Roman dining experience come to Il Focolare!
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