El Grottino

Tel: +39 06 6880 3618
Address: Campo de’ Fiori, 32
Closed: Tuesdays

There are many restaurants in this famous Campo and El Grottino is by no means the classiest, but it offers some of the best value. Right on the corner of via dei Baullari, at the flower market end, the tables outside are quickly snapped up by a mixture of Italians and tourists so arrive in good time. The only drawback is that your ears will be assaulted by various buskers who will then try to extract cash from you.

Starters include excellent bruschetta with cherry tomatoes and even better olive ascolane (stuffed olives rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried). In the pasta line there are traditional Roman choices such as bambolotti all’amatriciana. This is a pizzeria as well as a restaurant and the pizzas are excellent – thin, crispy and delicious, with a good selection of varieties (the speciality of the house features anchovies, sausage, capers and mushrooms). Meat includes a good veal (with lemon or marsala sauces).

Puddings are fairly standard Italian fare – tiramisu, the usual sorbets, chocolate mousse, panacotta… you know the score. House wine, as always in Rome, is soft and smooth; the white is particularly good, from the hills just above the city. Friendly and efficient service. Inexpensive.