Tel: +39 06 69 38 09 48
Address: Via della Vite, 28/30, 00187 Roma
Cuisine Type: Italian
Closed: Open every day
Tables outside? Yes
External Links Ristorante Life
Opening just three years ago, Ristorante Life is already a very well-known Roman restaurant. Situated in the heart of the city, within walking distance of the Spanish steps, Ristorante Life stands out among the many restaurants in the area for its elegant but at the same time youthful atmosphere. Furnished in a stylish and fashionable way the restaurant is managed by a very friendly and welcoming young lady, Giovanna Guarino, and her brother Clemente.
The concept of this restaurant is very simple: choose from the best of Italian gastronomy.
The wide selection of delicious starters on the menu made deciding a very difficult task. Our first option was the incredible cold smoked meat from Tuscany, with dried tomatoes, almonds and sheep’s cheese (€10) and a fantastic range of fresh Italian cheeses (€10), which of course included mozzarella di bufala and ricotta,accompanied by a crispy focaccia (a kind of plain pizza).
For the primi we then tried two different dishes of superb freshly hand-made pasta: ravioli filled with ricotta cheese in aubergine sauce (€9) and a dish of noodles with wild mushrooms and fresh truffles (€14).
Luckily, after having wandered the streets of Rome, we had worked up a healthy appetite so we were easily tempted to some delicious lamb cutlets served with Roman chicory, pine nuts and grapes and suckling pig’s cheek baked in the oven with curly endive ( both €16). It is clear to see that there is a well-experienced chef behind the scenes, as every delicacy is perfectly prepared and artistically arranged on special plates.
Moreover, the restaurant offers a very interesting and wide range of red and white wines, where everyone can find their own favourite. We opted for a 2006 bottle of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (€29), a full-bodied red wine offering notable intensity and a long, harmonious aftertaste. Coming from Tuscany, one of the most famous Italian regions for the oenologists, this wine was just ideal for the tastes and flavours of this gastronomy.
Last but not least, we tried one of their home made cakes. We weren’t able to make up our minds so we followed Giovanna’s advice and tried an astonishing pastry dessert filled with chantilly cream and dark chocolate (€5) paired with a glass of Passito di Pantelleria (€5), a sweet white wine coming from the southern Italian region of Sicily. We were left absolutely speechless!
This restaurant is popular with locals, tourists, and business people who drop by at lunch time. No wonder! The service is friendly and professional, and you can choose from a wide variety of Italian meals, all prepared with top-quality ingredients: freshly hand-made pasta, pizza, meat delicacies and precious wines at a fair and reasonable price (considering you are in the centre of Rome). What more could you ask for?