Dining at Perilli is like stepping back in time in Rome. This restaurant is off the beaten path beyond Trastevere in Testaccio (the meat packing district of Rome that is still home to generations of Romans). The entrance is discreet, and upon entering you may think you've arrived at a place where you don't belong. It is at that point that seasoned waitstaff or the owners greet you heartily and seat you in the large dining room that seems frozen in time back in the 1930s (and I mean that as an enthusiastic compliment because you can't match the style and charm that this restaurant delivers). We usually join our waiter at the antipasti table by the kitchen and make up a plate of starters. The pasta carbonara is a great choice-- a house specialty. And the roasted lamb with potatoes melts in your mouth. Finish off with a slice of the English trifle (Roman style...) and you'll leave with one the happiest memories of your trip to Rome.
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