Le Mani in Pasta
Via dei Genovesi 37, Rome, 00153
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Relaxation
Expert review of Le Mani in Pasta
For one of the best trattoria meals in central Rome, head for this buzzy place in the southern part of Trastevere . I come here all the time – at least, whenever I can remember to book ahead, as it’s hugely popular.
Unusually for a Roman trattoria, fish is a strong point. I often start with the sautéed clams and mussels – great for bread-mopping – and move on to a pasta dish like spaghetti with artichokes and cuttlefish, at which point I’m pretty much done. For those who make it to the secondi, there’s baked or grilled fish, plus a few Roman meaty options like saltimbocca (strips of veal and ham with sage leaves, stewed in white wine). The wine list is pretty good, with very honest mark-ups.
There’s one busy main dining room, plus a rather claustrophobic downstairs dining area (not nearly so atmospheric, as you miss the action in the open-to-view kitchen). It’s all very elbow to elbow, and very convivial – but don’t come here for a romantic tête-à-tête.
They may be in a hurry, but the waiters are also friendly, and keen to make sure you enjoy your meal.
It’s just around the corner from the Church of Santa Cecilia, in the quieter, southern part of Trastevere.
I’ve never paid more than 70 euros for two here, wine and service included. And that was a real blow-out meal.
More information on Le Mani in Pasta:
- Price guide:
- Via dei Genovesi 37, Rome, 00153
- 06 581 6017
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sun 12.30-3pm, 7.30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times