We wandered into this one at Sunday lunchtime, simply because it happened to be right next door to where we were staying and the menu looked more interesting than most of the standard offerings at the other places round about. Immediate impressions were very good – friendly welcome, comfortably tacky decor, the impression of being a place where locals eat, and eat regularly, which turned out to be the case.
This is one of the increasing number of restaurants in Rome run by Sardinians – the menu is a mixture of Sardinian specialties and the usual Roman standards which I suppose are what most of the market wants. We stuck to the Sardinian ones, and found them very much to our liking. The plates of cold cuts are excellent (you get to have a good look at their salumi on your way in, and I can report that they are very fresh and of the best quality) and their seafood dishes are good too – some of the seafood is admittedly frozen, but at least they let you know. The wine list is relatively small but well chosen and matched to the food; I particularly recommend their Cannonau.
The thing we liked most about it was the atmosphere. The staff were lovely, and once they accepted that we spoke a reasonable amount of Italian and were determined to speak it, they opened up really well. (Note, this doesn't always happen in Italy these days.) We were treated as regulars right from our second visit.
Possibly not worth a long detour, but provided you're staying anywhere in between the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, you'll be glad you tried it – always supposing you aren't the kind of tourist who gets upset when you find they don't serve Hawaiian pizza.
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