Pastificio San Lorenzo

Address: Via Tiburtina 196, Rome, 00185, Italy
Telephone: 06 9727 3519

- Mid-range

4.5

Substance meets style in this new creative Italian bistrot-restaurant in artsy San Lorenzo

Set up by four art world insiders, this trendy new bistrot-restaurant occupies the ground floor of a former pasta factory in the artsy, studenty San Lorenzo district. But with its warm retro interior design and upscale creative Italian menu, the Pastificio is aiming for the area's more gentrified and well-heeled habitués. I only finally made it here a year after the place's September 2009 opening, and was pleasantly surprised to find it all a lot more laid-back and approachable (and I'm talking about the food, the services and the prices here) than reports had suggested. The kitchen has its hits and misses, but overall this is a very pleasant alternative venue for a convivial night out - and it stays open into the wee hours.

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Value for money
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Food and drink

Chef Stefano Preli steers a safe and mostly dependable middle course between culinary pretension and same-old tradition. Potato gnocchi in angler fish sauce, or baked suckling pig with potato and hazelnut purée and fruit 'mostarda' are two typical dishes - creative but tasty. He does some interesting variations on Roman stalwarts too - like the inventive (and delicious) deconstructed tiramisù, served in a glass with coffee granita in place of the usual coffee-soaked sponge fingers. At lunch a smaller selection of the same dishes is on offer at lower prices - plus a few good main-course salads. The wine list is full of interesting left-field selections, and the mark-ups are surprisingly reasonable.

Ambience

Old-fashioned artisan's workshop meets nouveau-retro gentleman's club. There's even a vaulting horse. The interior designer also worked on 'Gusto - which shares some of the same retro factory feel.

Service

The waiter dropped one of my mackerel kebabs just as it was heading tablewards - but he was terribly apologetic, and overall I was pretty impressed by the service, which is not of the glacially cool school that you often find in such stylish joints. 

Location

It's on the quieter eastern stretch of Via Tiburtina, near Rome's main La Sapienza University and on the northern edge of the funky San Lorenzo district. 

Price advice

Allow around €45 a head for dinner with a decent bottle of wine; at lunch, you can get away with €20 or even less.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • Trendiness

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