It must be said from the outset that this little restaurant is not particularly prepossessing from the outside. No outdoor tables, a menu that reads almost identically to many others, very simple decor. However it smelled delicious as we walked past and on investigation we could see large tables of Italians having lunch, so worth a shot. We were greeted warmly by the owner (don't expect gush, he's a restrained kind of guy) and shown to our 'garden' table - a little courtyard out the back with a few paper-covered tables and a plastic corrugated roof.
The menu as mentioned reads like many others - antipasti, pasta, ossobuco, veal, filetto, nothing really to distinguish it. We ordered insalata mista and two pastas, fettuccine ai carciofi and spaghetti alle vongole. Both punched above their weight for a little inexpensive neighbourhood restaurant. The fettuccine was house-made, perhaps a little thick for some tastes but rustic and perfectly cooked, coated in a tomatey braised artichoke sauce. Spaghetti alle vongole is ubiquitous throughout Rome, but these vongole were plump and sweet and spanking fresh, if not too numerous (what do you expect for 10 euro?) Half a litre of wine ( a wopping 4 euro) a couple of espressos and we were back on the street having refused a very kind offer of limoncello - is it only me who thinks that it tastes like undiluted lemon cordial?
This little local restaurant really delivers at the level to which it is pitching - if you like simple, rustic, local and inexpensive you should be pretty happy.
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