I was to Vecchia Locanda twice - both times this summer. Unlike many places, where one visit may drastically differ from another, my both experiences in this restaurant left only the best memories. I must mention, we were coming with our friends, who are from Rome and are regulars at Vecchia Locanda, which made us the center of attention of the friendly owners of the place. However, this time I was watching them with other customers and they were equally nice and smiley to everybody.
We stayed outside, as the summer weather in Rome was perfect for that. Inside there isn't much space anyway and most people stay in the fresh air. The tables aren't cramped a couples of inches from each other unlike any typical Roman place, which was a pleasant surprise after numerous experiences in the center of painstaking efforts to hear your mate instead of the other couple sitting so close that you involuntarily become an overhearer of their intimate confessions :-) Being situated perfectly in the historical center, the owners however choose not to put as many tables as possible to get more profit at the expense of the customers' comfort. Cheers to that!
White wines both times were good and reasonable priced. I had prosciutto e mozzarella di bufala as an appetizer, which was very pleasant. You will say that it's impossible to spoil such an appetizer as there is nothing they have to cook in it, just serve. However, the previous experience in Mimi e Coco showed that mozzarella can be not very fresh, as it lacked the usual soft texture of mozzarella di bufala.
Then following the advice of a friend I ordered scaloppine di vitello. Lovely! My friends were also happy with their orders.
Besides great food, good wines, reasonable prices, specious seating, central location, you get those nice cordial owners, who are very helpful to make the evening at Vecchia Locanda an unforgettable experience.
Deeply Italian but not annoyingly typical; central but not noisy; yummy but affordable - a hidden gem of Roma!
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