So many Italian restaurants in the US convey their food style with names that reference Naples, Palermo, Sorrento, and so on, which conjure up red table cloths, red sauce, meatballs and thin-but-well-covered pizza. But "Trastevere?" The "Left Bank" of Rome, growing ever more popular with both tourists and locals, home to an increasing number of popular, and even cutting edge, restaurants? We figured anyone who would choose that name for an Italian restaurant in Bavaria must be doing something interesting so in we went.
Turns out that it was more Sicily and Naples than Rome and not much that was Roman. But, man, was it good, with a menu that covered all the regular Italian dishes, well-prepared from fresh ingredients, served by pleasant waiters who were genuinely enthusiastic about the food. They took the time to explain this dish versus that, and to learn what we liked. Through a mix of my wife's good Spanish, my weak Italian, their pretty good English, we managed to put together a memorable dinner. We deferred on the dessert and instead finished off with coffee and a delicious homemade limoncello. When I praised it, another glass of limoncello was quickly brought to the table "on the house."
If you're in GaP, and if you want a break from German/Bavaria cooking, Trastevere awaits
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