"ll Golosone" is a smalI local cafe on the corner of Via Piave and Via Calabria, Rome. Don't be put off by the outward appearance, it doesn't look much from the outside but try it. It's about a 6 Euro taxi fare from the Termini (depending on whether you get one of Rome's honest taxi drivers) . I spent 8 days in Rome in August 2009, staying at a horrid hotel, in Via Piave... My hotel had no restaurant, it's Bar was never staffed, the fridge in my room wasn't working and the closet they call a room was too small to spend much time in.This was all in the worst heatwave Rome has seen in years. Because it was August, nothing in the area was open, no shops, no bars, no restaurants. Luckily "ll Golosone" was open until late ever night. It's run by the only friendly guy in Rome , Alberto. Has anyone else noticed everyone in Rome is so rude, they yell at each other, they yell at customers. I don't know if it's cultural or what, but without the ancient Roman sites and The Vatican there would be no reason to go to Rome. But at "ll Golosone", all you'll get are smiles, a friendly welcome and you'll feel like you're visiting an old friend's house for dinner. I'd have packed up and left Rome if I hadn't had "ll Golosone" to escape to each night. The only good memories I have of my stay in Rome is spending my evenings eating Alberto's manificent, authentic, "just like his Mama used to make" Italian food. I'm a good cook but the fusion of flavours Alberto manages to get in all his dishes is beyond my cooking abilities. He had a spread of different dishes every night and don't be put off by the fact that it is pre-cooked and he heats up what you want, when you want it. The food is fresh every day, he heats it perfectly and it tastes as if it's just been cooked. Every night the same parade of locals go there to eat, security guards on their breaks, taxi drivers, police, people on their way home from work, so that proves its REAL Italian food, not the bland, tasteless tourist-ised, overpriced stuff you get at the big flash restaurants closer to the centre of Rome. His drinks are supermarket priced and an adequate-sized plate of food is the cheapest I found in 4 weeks travelling Europe. I tried some of the touristy restaurants in Rome and paid 3 times as much for tasteless rubbish served by rude staff.. At the bigger restaurants they get really rude if you don't order a 3 course meal and wine and they expect you to vacate your table the minute you've swallowed your last mouthful. You can sit and talk at an alfresco table at "ll Golosone" for hours if you want, I did. But because it' a quiet area you don't get hundreds of cars going past . You're not breathing in petrol fumes with your food. Alberto's Barrista makes the best Expresso Italiano I've ever had. Alberto is friendly, funny, a geat chef and the only reason I'd ever back to Rome would be to say "G'Day" to Alberto at ll Golosone and eat his magnifico food. I reccomend this cafe for the budget-concsious, those who love GREAT Italian food and good company, and those who hate the way you get treated at other places in Rome. Alberto knows customers shoud be treated with respect and in a friendy manner, the food should be great, the prices affordable and the atmosphere relaxing. You get all that for a few Euros at "ll Golosone". Check it out. However if you want to pay through the nose for bad food and bad service, try the main restaurant strip in Rome
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