A smart, modern Italian restaurant. We have now dined at Fernanda's twice over two visits to Rome and each time the service, food, decor, prices, and atmosphere draw us back. The owner-host speaks good English; As far as I could tell,on each visit we were the only Americans there, and he went out of his way to make us feel comfortable and welcome. At our latest visit, we told him to just order for us, including the wine, and we were not disappointed. We both had excellent seafood with wine that complemented the food very well. At one point we admired the chic "Fernand's Osteria" black T-shirt the waitress was wearing, and the owner later presented us with one! (free). Can't wait to go back again. The restaurant is near the Trastevere train station, not the tourist-oriented area of Trastevere near the Tiber River. Although Fernanda's was full of people of all ages having a good time, it's not very noisy. Be sure and make a reservation a day or so in advance--Europeans don't rush dinner as it's the main social event of the night or week; restaurant owners are not looking for "table turnover" and thus diners can stay at their table all evening if they want. Also remember: Italians dress more smartly than the average American, even in "casual" surroundings. Tax and tip are included in the bill. Least liked: not open for lunch.
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