Armando al Pantheon

Address: Salita dei Crescenzi 31, Rome, 00186, Italy
Telephone: 06 6880 3034

- Mid-range

4.5

This family-run trattoria near the Pantheon offers real Roman cooking and a friendly welcome.

I’ve been coming here for over 25 years, and each time I’m amazed that this oasis of friendliness, good home cooking and good value for money can exist so close to the Pantheon – in an area overrun by tourist clip joints. But the Gargioli family just go on doing what they’ve always done: serving up filling Roman specialities to a faithful clientele of artists, politicians, journalists, lawyers and clued-up visitors.

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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
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Food and drink

They do textbook versions of classic dishes like spaghetti alla gricia (in a spicy sauce of cured pork cheek and pecorino cheese, but without the tomato that would make it an ‘amatriciana’) or abbacchio alla scottadito (grilled lamb ribs). But unusually for a Roman trattoria, they also have a few vegetarian and even gluten-free options. Leave room for the torta Antica Roma – a calorific flan filled with ricotta and strawberry jam. The wine list is pretty good too by trattoria standards.

Ambience

There’s just one busy room, none too large, lined with old paintings that bygone artists have left in lieu of payment, with the kitchen at the back. It’s bustling, colourful and loud.

Service

Don’t expect hotel-school refinement, but the family that run the place are friendly and keen to ensure that everybody has a great time.

Location

With your back to the Pantheon, take the lane that heads off to the left, at the top of a slight rise. The trattoria is here on the right, behind a glass door.

Price advice

70 euros will get you a filling meal for two with a flask of house wine.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • No fuss

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