We found this appealing looking restaurant while ambling about the city and were impressed enough to find our way back later in the day. Conveniently located close to Trestevere but on the other side of the river, it promised to be one of those rare finds and maybe still might be. The decor is bright and pleasing and the greeting was warm. We arrived early and after a half hour were glad we did as the place filled up in a hurry with a mix of locals and tourists. Our waiter was initially perfunctory, nearly tossing glasses at us but he seemed to warm to the task. It took him a good 45 minutes to bring an ice bucket for our rapidly warming proseco but in his defense, the pace was picking up in a hurry and he seemed to be working a room of 35 to 40 on his own.
The first course came and my wife's tortelli a' ragu was fabulous as was the fried zucchini flowers anti pasti. My pasta vongole with peppers was fresh but overpowered by the peppers, enough so that all you could taste was the peppers. Things went south from there as the room heated up, all beverages were consumed and the second plate never arrived. Several tables seemed to still be waiting for menus or their orders long after they had arrived and the waiter responded only with nods and gestures as he rushed by. We finally surrendered and asked for the bill. The host was apologetic and asked us to try them again but our hard working waiter was apoplectic. Short staffing was probably the root of the problem but the whole situation could have been handled better and the jury for me is still out on the food. Given the many choices in Rome, we probably won't return.
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