A relatively large place but cozy and filled with lots of noise dampening items. The waiters are “old school” – friendly and opinionated. It seems to specialize in dishes typical of Rome and attracted a number of family groups. We wanted to try their fried artichokes but the waiter insisted we also order their fried squash blossoms, as they are a star of the menu.
The blossoms were stuffed with cheese and anchovies and were a heavy appetizer with 6 to an order.
The artichokes were 2 to an order and were a tad greasy and less crispy than I expected, but went down easy.
The spaghetti with lardo and cheese was another heavy dish but rich and good. It felt like an appropriate winter dish.
The veal was slightly chewy but had a nice strong taste of sage. The ham was a tasty topping.
The lamb sweetbreads were quite good with a mild hint of lemon. None of them went back to the kitchen.
Puntarelle was a seasonal vegetable and was classically dressed with olive oil and anchovy – it was very nice.
The Grandpa balls were another fried option and filled with a mix of goo, a specialty of the restaurant. They were heavy and didn’t seem to be a winner to me.
The semifreddo was much better.