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).
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.
Michele is an affable but also professional host; he’s helped out by a simpatico crew.
It’s behind an anonymous looking frontage on a Testaccio street one block back from the bus and tram routes of Via Marmorata.
Two people can eat three courses each here, without wine, for 50 euros – not an easy feat in Rome, for food of this quality.
- Families with teenagers