After a long day of travels and shopping, my family of 6 met up at Spanish Steps and had to decide where to go for a quick bite. We were just too tired to go anywhere, and when we saw this restaurant just around the corner, we decided to go in to grab a quick dinner before we call it a day.
We had serious reservations. First, the location right across Spanish Steps screamed "tourist trap"! Second, after climbing up the stairs to the restaurant (G/F is just a gelato parlor and no food), we found we were the ONLY diners there! We were so worried we almost turned around and walked away. Being too weary and tired, we thought we'd bear it and grind it. Just order a simple fail-safe spagetti and leave.
How wrong we were....
The menu wasn't really exciting, but when Chef Roberto came to explain, his enthusiasm was contagious. Mom just wanted a simple carbonara, but he went on to describe how it's his favourite and his approach to cooking this staple Italian dish.
The first sign of promise came when the bread basket arrived. It was simply one of the best grissini we've eaten. We chow down baskets after baskets, keenly looking forward to our appetizers and main course.
The carbonara certainly didn't disappoint. My spagetti with shrimp was divine. Fresh and succulent, as was the tuna carpaccio. Even my sister, who said she was tired of Italian after 10 days of non-stop spaghetti, was happily scraping off her plate.
Too bad we were full and couldn't take any dessert, but we left the restaurant very satiated and vowed to spread the word about this excellent place. Of course pricing was not cheap, as one would expect given the location, but it certainly wasn't exorbitant. And nothing better than to be so pleasantly surprised after a hard day of sightseeing. I just wish more people would discover this gem and keep the restaurant going.