Ristorante Gastronomia Roscioli
Rome, IT-RM 186 Italy 06.687.5287 http://www.anticofornoroscioli.com
The restaurant part of the Roscioli duo (includes vineria and bakery, or Forno) is strong, for starters, on fresh fish, which comes in from Anzio and Civitavecchia. Otherwise the menu is pleasantly eclectic. Some say they serve the best carbonara in town, but let’s just say it’s excellent (as is cacio e pepe).
Few are the places in Rome where you can pick between amatricana and a Piedmont bacon-burger with chedder (Okay, here’s what they call it: Hamburger di razza Fassona cotto alla piastra con bacon dorato e Cheddar Farmhouse, maionese espressa e salsa di Bloody Mary e Ketchup). Yes, mayo and Bloody Mary sauce. They also serve a mozzarella di Bufala burger with smoked ham (Prosciutto di Praga, not Parma!), cherry tomatoes, black pepper, oil and basil — that one, ladies and gents, is to die for.
The bread is drop-dead gorgeous, naturally, and the cured meats and salami deli-delicious. The cheeses — their specialty — go on forever; 13 cheese choices; seven mozzarella dishes. Let sommelier Antonio lead you astray with his array of alluring wines. He’s always ready to prod you to try a new prosecco or his favorite Aglianico.
Roscioli’s pace is a little hectic, maybe influenced by the more commercial traffic at the bakery and wine shop. Romantic isn’t the word. Expect to spend €45-65 a head.
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