Ristorante Piperno, Rome, 12/12/15

exterior
exterior

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.

door
door
table set up
table set up
menu cover
menu cover
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
menu 4
menu 4
menu 5
menu 5
dessert menu
dessert menu
Wanted some water
Wanted some water
br
br
interior
interior
interior
interior
center column
center column

The blossoms were stuffed with cheese and anchovies and were a heavy appetizer with 6 to an order.

fried zucchini blossoms
fried zucchini blossoms

The artichokes were 2 to an order and were a tad greasy and less crispy than I expected, but went down easy.

Artichokes Jewish style (fried artichokes)
Artichokes Jewish style (fried artichokes)

The spaghetti with lardo and cheese was another heavy dish but rich and good. It felt like an appropriate winter dish.

spaghetti with natural lard and pecorino cheese
spaghetti with natural lard and pecorino cheese
Frankie approved
Frankie approved

The veal was slightly chewy but had a nice strong taste of sage. The ham was a tasty topping.

Veal Saltimbocca (with ham)
Veal Saltimbocca (with ham)

The lamb sweetbreads were quite good with a mild hint of lemon. None of them went back to the kitchen.

Lamb sweetbreads
Lamb sweetbreads

Puntarelle was a seasonal vegetable and was classically dressed with olive oil  and anchovy – it was very nice.

Puntarelle with olive oil and anchovy
Puntarelle with olive oil and anchovy

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.

Fried Grandpa' balls
Fried Grandpa’ balls
inside
inside

The semifreddo was much better.

Semifreddo-Caramelized almond partait
Semifreddo-Caramelized almond partait
Frankie wanted the last bit of ice cream
Frankie wanted the last bit of ice cream
pie case
pie case
looking into the dining room
looking into the dining room
She played in the old fashioned towel dispenser
She played in the old fashioned towel dispenser

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