Vecchia Roma

Tel: +39 06 686 4604
Address: Via della Tribuna di Campitelli 18
Closed: Wednesday and two weeks in August

If you haven’t made reservations, the lovely outdoor tables at Vecchia Roma may all be booked. In this case, inquire about dining indoors. Each indoor dining room is unique and intimate, decorated with fabulous oil paintings and mirrors. The bubbling fountains add to the festive atmosphere.

Do budget enough time to enjoy your meal. Our party of five spent 3 hours, and we enjoyed every moment. We started with a white wine from the Piemonte, Gavi, which was a good accompaniment to the appetizers of Peperoni rosso arrotolato con Capperi di Salina(springrolls of peppers filled with capers and ham) and Salmoncino marinato al Limocon Cipollane (marinated salmon).

The waiter advised us for our second wine selection: Blange 2000. Later, we smugly noticed another table of locals had selected the same wine. The main course also met everyone’s expectations and more. Selections included Strozzapretti alla pancetta, Taleggio, e Cicorietta(handmade pasta – literally ‘priest stranglers’ – with gorgonzola, Italian bacon and chicory),Filetti di Rombo su Salsa di Broccoli (fillet of turbot on broccoli sauce), and Risotto di Mare(rice/risotto with clams and other seafood).

As several persons in our party are Crème Brûlée experts, two opted for this dessert. Upon tasting, it received four stars – better than any other Rome restaurant we’d tried. The creme was silky with just enough sweetness and the carmelized sauce was full flavoured without being burnt. Also highly rated were the Bavarese Cioccolato alla crema CaramelloMillefoglie allo Zabaione, and Delizia al Limone (lemon torte).

The restaurant is a short walk from Teatro Marcello, in the Jewish Ghetto, and due west of the steps to the Capitoline hill. Reservations recommended.

Price: Mid-plus. Antipasti (12 euro), Pasta (11 euro), Fish/Meat (14-17 euro), Vegetables (5 euro), Dessert (6 euro).