One of the reasons we stopped in Civitavecchia was to eat at La Bomboniera, after reading about it on several Italian food blogs.
We walked from our hotel, and easily found the location. It was lunchtime, and we were the only diners in the place...which honestly can sometimes be off-putting (if the food is lackluster, we then are forced to rely on our ourselves for the pleasurable distraction, and that can be alot of pressure!)...But our over-all experience at La Bomboniera leaves us wishing we had returned there for dinner that very evening.
We were warmly received and chose a table close to the dining-room's wood-burning oven, as it provided the needed warmth and ambience for the grey skies outside. The wine list is impressive, with a large selection of regionals at a variety of prices. Yeasty rolls are brought to the table, and our host quickly baked a crisp flat bread in the oven before our eyes...a drizzle of oil and sprinkle of sea salt...delicious, simple pleasure!
To start, we chose local anchovies and also antipasti di mare caldi.The mixed frieds, that made up the antipasti were an explosion of crispy, delicious tastes! We went on to enjoy the carciofi (steamed, served cold, seasoned with minced mint & marinated in the new, local olive oil), and for our primi we enjoyed the pesce fritto misto (a crisp, lightly fried assortment of whole, mini local fishes, two different varieites of shrimp...one light-pink and delicate, the other red and robustly flavourful, and tender, local squid), and the pasta with local bottarga (shaved, dried fish roe), local olive oil, and vongole veraci (tiny clams)...exceptionally well-prepared and seasoned!
Not wanting our meal to end, we ordered dessert- one of the two varieties of seadas that are on offer...a singular, big sweet ravioli, filled with fresh Pecorino, fried and covered with local honey. Not to be missed! And, just in case that's still not enough to convince you, the cookies that were brought with our (local) amaro were made in-house, also.
Atmosphere here is comfortable, contemporary-chic and the service was exemplary. Although we were the only diners that afternoon, we were not made to feel rushed, or conversly, we were not forgotten, either. While we ate, a young woman came into the ristorante to speak with the host regarding planning her menu for an up-coming private event.
We felt fortunate to have had our own private affair at La Bomboniera, and we will return!
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