If you stick to the rules implied by this traditional osteria's very long pedigree, you will have a great time and be happy.
You must book well in advance, be punctual and stay strictly within the proposed daily shortlist of roman dishes. That means antipasti of cheese and vegetables and 'strange' salad greens, pasta dishes with 'poor ingredients' sauces like cured bacon, cheese or stewed minced artichoke. Main dishes would be stewed oxtail, roast pork or meatloaf, perhaps salted cod. All rather rough and plain looking but full of taste and aroma. Desserts would be fruit, just a little of the best.
If you turn up at the door without reservation, expecting tuscan or venetian dishes, elegant service or fresh fish, and some twinkle of Michelin stars, you will be disappointed.
Several other reviewers complaining about the price level, have obviously not experienced recent developments in Rome where eating at a generous price for quality level has become very rare, maybe impossible. Less expensive restaurants compromise on the quality of the ingredients or employ (exploit?) low skill staff. This restaurant is really among the better deals. Wine wise there are many very good bottles between 20 to 30 euros.
This restaurant and Felice located just three blocks further east in the same zone, are among the best finds in Rome.
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