La Locanda del Pellegrino
Rome, IT-RM 186 Italy 06.687.2776 http://www.lalocandadelpellegrino.it
Quaint, tasty, homey, and romantic is an admittedly unusual combination, but it’s what you get at this youthfully-styled, hole-in-the-wall Roman trattoria a stone’s throw from Campo de’ Fiori. The magic is the simplicity. There’s a single dining room with tables appropriately distanced from one another to afford privacy (some nice tables for two). Ownership prides itself on hardcore Rome cuisine (with Calabrese zingers thrown in) but doesn’t forgo quiet sophistication. At the window in the corner are daily-fresh appetizers, layers of vegetable colors that seem to spill into the narrow street. Nearby, a blackboard lists daily specials.
No secrets on the pasta front: Carbonara (rigatoni), cacio e pepe, matriciana (bucatini), alla Gricia, and the Calabrian “fileja” (“stringlets”) with peppery “‘nduja” sausage sauce. House specialty is fagottino del Pellegrino, ravioliesque chunks with ricotta, olives and cherry tomatoes. Main courses center on abbachio (lamb), bistecca di manzo, coniglio alla Cacciatora and saltimbocca, the latter melt-in-your-mouth perfect.
Pastas run between €7 and €9, secondi €12 and €20. House reds and whites are serviceable, of the castelli ilk. Expect to pay €25-30 a head, depending on the ampleness of your meal.
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