Armando Al Pantheon, 4/11/18, Rome

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Armando Al Pantheon is a medium sized place with small cloth covered tables.  Bench seating lines one wall and old art decorates the upper walls, above the wood paneling.  Wood beams are part of the ceiling and may help absorb sound as it was a low noise level.  Lights jut out from the sides and it felt pretty bright.  It has a big menu, specializing in traditional local food, and also offered daily specials.  Our helpful server also spoke good English and was willing to make suggestions.  It was crazy busy and it would seem that a reservation is a must.  Those of us with lunch reservations were lined up before it even opened and it did appear that one no-res couple were given a table.  They do turn the tables at lunch.  It is run by the Gargioli family.  Opened by Armando Gargioli in 1961, his son Claudio (his daughter is in the front of the house) still works in the kitchen and son Fabrizio runs the front of the house.   Continue reading

Cecchino dal 1887, Rome, 12/15/15

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With a capacity for 55 guests plus a private room indoors and additional seasonal seating on a patio, I’d call this a medium sized place. Their speciality is in cooking offal.  Their ancestors started a wineshop across from a slaughter house where a portion of the  workers’ pay was in “lesser” animal parts. These workers brought the parts to the shop and family cooked them and thus the cuisine for pajata and other organs was born. Continue reading

Il Convivio-Troiani, Rome, 12/14/15

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A medium sized place composed of 3 well lit rooms rather starkly decorated, but there is a feel of elegance to the place. It is run by 3 brothers and the night we were there Massimo Troiani, who is over the wine selection, was there but his brother Angelo who runs the kitchen and Giuseppe, who is over the dining rooms, were not. They want to be known for their healthy cuisine and are open about their suppliers as well as content of the dishes. Continue reading

Marzapane Roma, Rome, 12/13/15

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A small place with a see-through kitchen run by Chef Alba Esteve Ruiz. She’s just in her mid-twenties but making quite a splash on the Rome dining scene. She is taking some of the standards and putting a nice twist on them as well as coming up with some completely new combinations. They offer several tasting menu options as well as a la carte options. Continue reading

Perilli a Testaccio dal 1911, Rome, 12/13/15

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A fairly large place serving food typical of Rome since 1911! The day we were there the place was filled with families and groups of friends. The waiters are helpful but busy. We tried a couple of their specialty pastas that seemed to be going to lots of tables, as were the artichokes.  The meat portions were quite generous with sides of delicious potatoes. Nothing ground breaking here, but a perfect place if you want a ‘home cooked’ meal of traditional food done well. Continue reading