Food and drink
Check the blackboard at the entrance for the day’s bill of fare, which generally revolves around Roman classics like pasta e fagioli (a thick soup of pasta and borlotti beans) or coda alla vaccinara (braised oxtail). Don’t miss the torta di ricotta (ricotta pie) dessert. The house wine is perfectly acceptable, but if that doesn’t hit the spot you can browse the shelves for a more serious vintage.
Tables are laid out among the bottle-lined shelves in a warren of rooms; the atmosphere is welcoming and convivial. The clientele consists of local office workers, journalists, lawyers and priests (the main Jesuit church in Rome is just at the end of the road), plus a few well-informed tourists.
Brisk but charming – and, unusually for such a no-frills place, a couple of the waitresses speak pretty good English.
Via del Gesù is very central – halfway between the Pantheon and Via del Corso if you take the southern route along Via del Pie’ di Marmo.
Count on spending between 20-24 euros a head for two courses, water, a glass of wine and coffee.
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers