Food and drink
The menu is short and, for lunch, you'll probably only be looking at the primi (first courses) which might include a risotto (expect to wait around 20 minutes for this as it's made from scratch), pasta with meatballs, or with melanzane e mozzarella (aubergine and mozzarella). My favourite contorni (vegetables) are the friarelli - a local green vegetable that looks like sprouting broccoli (and is a brassica) but has a taste all of its own. Delicious. The local wine is absolutely fine so don't hesitate to order a quarto of red or white.
It's akin to an old-school trattoria: the bright yellow walls are covered in knick-knacks, photos and paintings and the tables, with checked tablecloths, are always full of locals.
The service can be brisk at busy times but, conversely, very relaxed once things quieten down again.
It's just off the Via Toledo, close to Palazzo Reale and Teatro San Carlo.
Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food: expect to pay around 30 euros for a couple of courses and wine, but if you're just after a plate of pasta you can eat for less than 10 euros each.
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children