I'm no tourist. I'm an American who grew up in Las Vegas, lives in Boston, and has spent a lot of time in Chicago, NYC, and San Francisco -- all great eating towns. But I also lived in Pigneto for five months, and have eaten all over Rome.
It doesn't matter where you're staying in Rome. It's worth the trip to get to L'Idillio.
Going on the food alone, L'Idillio is easily in the top five restaurants in Rome. When you also include the service and the price (... which is very reasonable, especially considering the amazing food), L'Idillio is perhaps the best in Rome.
It's a family restaurant. Don't let his jeans and t-shirt or his young age fool you: when you talk to the son/host Andrea, you're talking to a genius. There's not a single detail of the restaurant that escapes his attention. (For example, we asked for a wine recommendation one night. His answer: "Such-and-such wine was grown on the same estate where the wild boar in tonight's ragu comes from, so I would go with that." Spot on.) But unlike other geniuses, Andrea is easy-going and very approachable, in English or Italian.
It's easy to see that his mother, the chef, is also a genius. There are traditional dishes on the menu that are executed perfectly. But there are also some of her creative innovations, like the appetizer "semifreddo di grana": a savory grana-based ice cream served with prosciutto. (Grana is a hard white cheese, like parmesan.) Absolutely amazing.
Or for dessert, try the chestnut ice cream, drizzled with chestnut honey. Andrea recommends it with a glass of sweet marsala wine. And Andrea is a genius.
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