Visited the family-run La Cisterna in Trastevere, Rome in July 2011 to celebrate hubby's birthday with family. We had been a few times before and had always taken other people there for its typically Roman food and fantastic historical interest. After dinner one of the original family will take you downstairs to see the medieval underground Well (cisterna) and tell you the history of the building, which is fascinating. The Nazis took over the restaurant during the war and when it's lit you can see evidence of the swastika in the Well. Ava Gardner once danced there with Frank Sinatra. The underground cavern was once the main restaurant at street level but when the Tiber overflowed the building flooded and so the 'new' restaurant was built on top. In the summer you can dine outside and be serenaded by the house quartet (family members of course). Trastevere in itself is a lovely part of Rome to visit and having La Cisterna there is icing on the cake.