We were staying at a hotel close by on our last night in Rome. The place was extremely busy in the evening and we didn't have a reservation. Luckily we came at a time when the first set of diners were leaving (I think it was around 21:00 hrs.) and within a few minutes the owner had found us a good table.
Nearly every table around us had a serving of the famous cacio e pepe. I didn't order it, but ate bites off my partner's plate. It's delicious and worth raving about, but too heavy for me to finish alone. Three or four bites can already put you in a cheesy coma if you are not used to rich food.
The locals around us seemed to order a lot from the specials selection (it was mussels in a tomato sauce that evening) and we also ordered a dessert of fresh wild strawberries and ice cream which was not on the menu and not initially suggested to us by the waiter. However, we saw beautiful bowls of it being sent to Italian speaking tables and asked to have the same. It turned out to be an excellent choice.
The place is charming, the waiters seemed overworked to keep up with the clients but they were still chatty and friendly to us. If you want more than the cacio e pepe look for the seasonal offerings part of the menu (either posted outside or ask the wait staff.)
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