Tutti Frutti

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Luca Della Robbia 3a, Rome, 00153

Price guide: Mid-range

Tutti Frutti

By Lee Marshall, your Rome expert

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#1 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Rome
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.9
4.9
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.9
4.9
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Relaxation

Best for Value for money - Expert review of Tutti Frutti

This Testaccio charmer offers value for money and flavoursome southern Italian food.

This place is my local. It’s where my wife and I come when we don’t feel like cooking but need something a little more elaborate than a pizza. It’s cheap (for Rome), the Neapolitan-influenced food is tasty and makes a change from the usual Roman staples; and owner Michele is a likeable host who can crack jokes in at least three languages.

Food and drink: 

The menu, which changes once a month, is based on fresh market ingredients and has a southern Italian and Neapolitan slant. It is at its strongest in sunny, flavoursome creations like fusilli with sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, pinenuts and pecorino cheese. The wine list isn’t huge, but it has some decent bottles at near-enoteca prices. Desserts are good too, especially the Calabrian ice-creams served in their own shell or casing (walnut flavour in a walnut shell, fig gelato in a halved fig, etc).

Ambience: 

It may not have frills like outside tables – but it’s precisely the convivial, communal spirit that is created within the single large dining room, with its bright and colourful décor and temporary art and photography exhibitions on the walls, that makes the place so much fun.

Service: 

Michele is an affable but also professional host; he’s helped out by a simpatico crew.

Location: 

It’s behind an anonymous looking frontage on a Testaccio street one block back from the bus and tram routes of Via Marmorata.

Price advice: 

Two people can eat three courses each here, without wine, for 50 euros – not an easy feat in Rome, for food of this quality.

More information on Tutti Frutti:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
Via Luca Della Robbia 3a, Rome, 00153
Telephone:
06 575 7902
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 7.30-11.30pm. Closed Sundays and most of August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

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