We recently stayed in Campagnano di Roma for 2 weeks. We travelled extensively in the area including Rome itself, and can safely say that the best food we ate was in this delightful little restaurant in the town centre. (don’t be put off by the external appearance-the quaint exterior belies this homely friendly inn.) The owners (husband and wife) were immediately polite and helpful, and although he spoke very little English, she was a fluent English speaker, having spent time in a restaurant in Dublin. We chose to sit outside (me, my wife and 3 children) and almost immediately we were being given an explanation of each of the items on the menu. She took time to explain where the ingredients came from (vegetables from her own garden, local meats etc), and showed a real passion for her cooking. The menu is split up into 3 courses which we were delighted to try, but could easily have chosen just one or two. Typically they are priced between 8 and 12 Euros. We started with a shared platter of fried appetisers. These were simply divine-sweet peppers, cheeses, potato, carrot etc. We knew we had a great meal in store
Between us, we tried many of the items on the menu. I had easily the best pasta dish I have ever had in any restaurant-so simple but done so well-I can still taste it! I then had the “Oxtail Stew” which had been cooking for hours ready for the evening’s customers. All I can say is that I will never forget it. When it came to wine, we were given advice on what would go well with our food choices and it did not disappoint.
Don’t misunderstand-this is not some stuck-up posh expensive restaurant-just genuine home cooked delicious food with very generous portions and superb personal service.
And all the while, our hostess was back and forth checking whether we needed anything. The service was second to none, and when the bill came I was very pleasantly surprised-incredible value for money.
We tried other restaurants in Campagnano, but when we return next year this is the place where we will be spending our time. I cannot recommend it highly enough
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