Pasta lovers? Four or five suggestions

Si fa presto a dire pasta, it is easy to say pasta. Boil the water, add salt and spaghetti. But it’s not so simple. Even the recipes that seem easier do need care and attention in the execution. In Rome there are restaurants that cook with passion and others who make it dog fuck, a cazzo di cane. I enjoy my time in the first category.

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I’m not a mangiaspaghetti, a pasta eater. Usually I eat past once a week because I follow a protein diet with few carbohydrates. But when I have to eat pasta, I chose well. There are several pasta fast food in Rome. Where you can eat there on the stool or take it away. Some are of superior quality. I like, for example, Pasta Chef,  42, Via Baccina, Monti district. They cook many types of pasta of Italian tradition. And all are well done. Prices are lower than a restaurant because, after all, it is a self service. You order and they give you a number. When it comes your turn they call you and give you the hot pot.

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Often, after the gym, I stop at Pasta Chef eating a salad. The Nizzarda is my favorite with tomato, boiled eggs, black olives and capers. A very similar place is PaStation, which is about to open in Piazza Campo Marzio, near the Pantheon. It already exists in Florence and is very successful.

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In Trastevere there is the Taverna Trilussa, 23 via del Politeamawhich is a landmark for those who want to eat pasta according to the Roman tradition. They serve it in the pan, non in the dish. Another column of the Roman tradition is Felice a Testaccio, 29, via di Mastro Giorgio, in the district of Testaccio. Attention, both places are always very crowded, you have to book a few days before.

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Avoiding sòle in Trastevere: seven tips

If you ask me about Trastevere, I’ll tell you attenzione, look out! You must be furbo, smart, to avoid le sòle, the scum. The neighborhood is full of bars and restaurants, but not all are worthy of the Italian tradition. I just love some places, here’s the list.

Piazza Trilussa (ph Salvatore Dama)

First of all Taverna Trilussa, a typical Roman restaurant famous for its giant portions, serves the pasta directly nella padella, in the pan, not in the dish! Many romans love the restaurant Antica Pesa, famous for hosting celebrities and politicians. Mai coperto, I’ve never been there, I know it’s expensive, but everyone says it’s worth it!

Via di Ponte Sisto (ph Salvatore Dama)

Ti piange la tasca? Your wallet weeping? If you are looking for something economical and typical, choose Augusto a Trastevere, a basic trattoria loved for this characteristic. Do not expect to pay with your credit card! At the end of the meal, the owner comes and writes the bill sulla tovaglia di carta, on the paper tablecloth! Only accept cash.

Tevere river (ph Salvatore Dama)

If you like fusion cooking, I suggest you Coffee Pot, Jap-Mex restaurant, a very fashionable place loved by the locals. If you are looking for a cocktail bar, my tip is Freni e Frizioni, vintage ambience and good cocktails. Or Akbar and, only in summer, Terrazza San Pancrazio. In summer, if you go down to the river quay, there are plenty of places where drink or dine. There are also many on the Isola Tiberina, a small island in the middle of the river.