Let me start by saying that I had scoured a number of resources trying to find an authentic Roman dining experience. I settled on 2 places, each with a different character. The first place we went was an absolute disaster! Tourist trap. After the meal I went back to the hotel & decided to ask the concierge for recommendations. Life was recommended. It was a mere 5 blocks from my hotel. Upon arrival, the host (who I believe might have been the owner) greeted us with a big smile, & lead us to a lovely table inside. He referred to us as his special guests to his waitstaff and that's where it all began... The menu had plenty of the usual suspects (carbonara, pizza, veal). An order of fresh, hot focaccia was brought to the table, gorgeous! We chose to start with the smoked duck carpaccio served with a delightful little pile of carmalized apple bits, divine!!! The silky duck slices melted on your tongue. A-mazing! In keeping with the duck theme, I ordered the pappardelle with a duck ragu w/ apples. The ragu was rich in flavor & the pasta as fresh as could be. Then came the veal which was grilled to perfection, so tender it could almost be cut with a fork. The servers checked back with us a number of times (but not too much to be annoying.) when we asked if we could finish our bottle outside, the owner(?) personally escorted us out to a table. He chatted a bit and left us to enjoy the evening. When we prepared to leave, he signal led for limonchello to be brought to the table. He was so kind - everyone was so kind- we asked if we could reserve for the following night. Of course we returned. This night we had the duck carpaccio again, had to! Then we both had sea bass which was cooked, filleted & served to perfection. We had even made an off-the-menu request which was granted no questions asked. Another fabulous meal, gorgeous bottle of wine & service which made us feel like royalty. I highly recommend making it a must stop when in Rome. It's well located not far from the Spanish Steps but not on a heavily trafficked street so you can enjoy sitting outside. Oh, I forgot to mention, it was at least 30% less expensive than the tourist trap we had experienced the night before. This place is LOVELY! A must when in Rome.
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