I’m a Monti boy, a monticiano. I’ve been working in the neighborhood for many years. Now I live there too. My landmark are these: Urbana pasta, small, cheap street fooder of my friend Arturo. You eat well and pay even better. Urbana 47 is another must. From breakfast to after dinner. Trieste Pizza is the favorite place of my son Claudio, six years old. Barzilai is a tiny bistrot where you can eat and drink well. La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali: excellent. Cuoco e camicia is another place where you can eat very well. The others can be found below.
AROMATICUS Two locations, in the Monti district and in Trastevere, for a corner of good veg taste, including hummus and burgers with mushroom cutlet, as well as salads, burritos stuffed with falafel and colorful bowls. For the carnivores, tartare and beef tataki.
Where: Monti – Via Urbana 134 / Trastevere – Via Natale del Grande 6-7.
Closed on Mondays.
Cost: 20-25 euros.
ASINO D ‘ORO A cuisine that was born in Orvieto (Central Italy) and has its roots in the Umbrian tradition, with seasonal ingredients. The menu features marinated trout with panzanella, a cold raw vegetable soup with burrata ravioli, but also a rabbit with herbs with peperonata and buffalo meatballs with sheep’s blue and pear.
Where 73, Via del Boschetto
Booking +39 06 48913832.
Closed: Sunday and Monday.
Cost: 25-40 euros.
SETTE At the last floor of the Radisson Blu hotel, chef Giuseppe Gaglione interprets the Mediterranean flavors, to be enjoyed on the terrace, even by the pool. In paper, curry chicken with Sardinian fregola, crunchy vegetables and cashews or lamb chops in mint crust with green beans and blue goat potatoes.
Where: 172, Via Filippo Turati
Cost: 35-45 euros
THE COURT At the cocktail bar at Palazzo Manfredi, the sophisticated mixology of Matteo Zed meets the gourmet creations of chef Giuseppe Di Iorio and the delicious creations of pastry chef Daniele De Santi, which combine with cocktails like “The rising sun”, prepared with Bombay Saphire gin, yuzu juice, honey and matcha green tea. Breathtaking view of the Colosseum.
Where: 125, Via Labicana 125
Cost 25-30 euro.
OPEN COLONNA Antonello Colonna is a famous chef. His cuisine has strong roots in the roman tradition, but with an authentic personal touch. On the Open Colonna menu you will find specialties such as: cannolo with cod, sour cream and candied lemon, smoked spaghetti, cannellini from Atina and black from Norcia and scorpion fish soup, amberjack and sea gurnard. Among the desserts, the iced pistachio and mousse with candied fruit.
Where 9/A, Via Milano
Booking +39 06 47822641.
Closed: Monday and Sunday evening.
Cost: 80-120 euros.
MATRICIANA All the taste of Rome in this historical address, renowned for its bucatini – also called the “5 P plate”, that is pasta with pancetta, tomato, pecorino cheese and chilli – which give the restaurant its name. There are other traditional first courses, and second courses of meat and fish. A delicious tiramisu closes.
Where 44, Via del Viminale
Booking +39 06 4881775
Cost: 35-45 euros
MADRE A place that enchants the view and the palate, with gourmet pizzas and refined fish dishes. Among the pizzas there is the “petalosa”, with petals of Petrilli tomato, stracciata (mozzarella) and basil pesto, or focaccia with mortadella, roquefort, radicchio and fruit mustard. In the main courses stands out the fish ceviche with lime, coriander, datterini, red onion and chilli pepper. Closes the maritozzo with ricotta, pears and mandarin.
Where 1, Largo Angelicum
Booking +39 06 6789046
Cost: 45-70 euros
DOOZO A restaurant, an art gallery and a bookshop, to experience Japan in the round. The menu features diced raw fish with soy sauce and salmon roll, shrimp, avocado and cucumber with tsume sauce. Closes the tiramisu with green tea.