Edo and Michele Mortari, who set up Arancina pizza, tell us about the best restaurants in Rome
Camponeschi – Piazza Farnese, 50: it is one of the best upmarket restaurants in Rome and is run by three generations of a family. Overlooking the Renaissance Piazza Farnese, it counts famous personalities from all over the world among its guests. Its speciality is fish, as well as traditional Roman and Italian dishes, each with a touch of innovation and uniqueness.
La Griglietta – Via Germanico 170c: located in the Prati area of Rome, this is a local restaurant where time has stood still: when you cross the threshold it’s like being in the sixties. The owners are a middle-aged couple who have been running the place for decades: he runs the restaurant and she runs the kitchen. Everything on the menu is good here: starters, typical Roman pastas, and the meats are wonderfully tender and juicy.
Cotto and Magnato – Via Cornelio Magni 27: The very best of good, old-fashioned Roman food. Prices are more than affordable and service friendly and fast. Involtini (beef bracioli), coratella, anchovies pie, pasta alla carbonara are our favourites. Some tasty twists on the traditional too, such as pasta alla carbonara di carciofi (artichokes). Unforgettable are the tonnarelli cacio e pepe.
Agustarello – Via Giovanni Branca 98. In the heart of Rome, in Testaccio, this trattoria is as popular as its neighborhood. The old slaughterhouse in Rome is so close that has influenced its best dishes: pajata and especially the oxtail, prepared with an ancient recipe, made with cocoa and raisins.
Tanto pè Magnà – Via Giustino de Jacobis 9 – A trattoria in one of the most beautiful, popular and characteristic area of Rome, Garbatella. Simple and spartan are both the place and service. Everything on the menu comes from the ancient and popular tradition of Rome: pasta cacio e pepe, rigatoni alla pajata, roman style cod, pasta with beans, fregnacce (home made pasta) with porcini mushrooms, lamb and snails. Really affordable prices too.
Bucavino – Via Po 45A – This is a real hidden gem. The entrance is a tiny door with two little lamps. The staircase brings you down to the basement where you find a very cozy and warm restaurant, owned and managed by a couple of young brothers: Francesca and Andrea. We are in quartiere Pinciano, just off Parioli, one of the most beautiful and classy areas in town. They specialise in traditional Roman cuisine but with a modern twist in flavours and look. Ingredients are very fresh, with a fantastic wine list too.
Mavi – Via Fermi 71 – Design and creativity: This are the two elements that distinguish this re-designed Osteria. The atmosphere is young and fun, plates look great and taste ACE! The best seller? “Farfalle pasta filled with prawn”. They have an incredible wine list, boasting over 100 different bottles. Every Monday they run an event called “Every Vegan Monday” where a totally brand new vegan menu substitute the regular one. Def need to book!
La Vergara – Via della Giustiniana 764 – family run business. Perfect for spring and summer. Most of their seating is in the back garden of their rustic Casale. It’s really nice and warm inside in winter time thanks to their old style camino. The grill is one of their best and most recommended thing to go for, as well as good pastas and homemade desserts.
Caffè Propaganda – Via Claudia 15 – Opened doors back in 2011, very popular for its cool stylish look as well as the amazing experimental cocktails and cuisine. 200 metres from the Colosseum, this Paris-style opens everyday from 12 till late night. Aperitivo and quick bites are available as well as proper meal or just drinks. They offer also a nice afternoon tea service, something quite unique to find in a place like this in Rome. The wine list offers a nice Bio selection, interesting cheeses and cured meat tasting are organized every now and then.
Osteria Monteverde – Via Pietro Cartoni 163/165 – run by Roberto and Fabio, two friends with the passion for seafood and fish dishes but also really into Roman old style cuisine. They like to experiment with new seasonal dishes every week alongside the resident menu. A real Osteria where you can have really tasty food at a very accessible price. It is now getting more and more popular, so booking might be recommended.