Acquolina Hostaria (Rome)

Scores: 1M*

This is a small seafood place about 10 minutes from the center of Rome in a residential area.  Although you can have a more ‘traditional’ format of dishes, it specialises in a make your own tasting menu type format.  You can take as many tasting portions as you want or you can take the ‘i want it all’ or the ‘I want almost all’ options on the menus.  We took the latter which basically means you veto 4 dishes of your choice from the menu and receive the rest.

Raw fish selection


Burned mackerel, burrata tomatoes


Grouper ball


Red mullet cooked under hot salt





Squid, potato and black truffle


Amberjack with fish ravioli


Fried fish with red pepper sorbet


Linguine with prawns, lime and harissa


Taverna Trilussa (Rome)

As far as I could see proper Roman food is pretty heavy and non-cardiologist approved; it tends to consist of cured meats, cheese, deep fried things, red meat and bacon fat. So after 9 odd courses the prior evening I was not that up for such a rich meal; however, when in Rome…

Taverna Trilussa serves traditional Roman food in pleasant surroundings not far from the main in drag in the lively night life area of Trastevere, just over the bridge on the west bank.

We started with some Prosciutto crudo con osso D’Osvaldo di Cormons which was nice enough.  We shared a pasta course of Bucatini all’ Amatriciana; this was billed as Rome’s most famous dish- ‘thick hollow spaghetti with tomato sauce, guanciale bacon and Pecorino cheese’.  The dish was very rich and tasty- proper hearty food, I would not have wanted one to myself though.  Two beef dishes were also deep i flavour and well cooked.

Bucatini all’ Amatriciana


Thin slices of beef fillet with balsamic vinegar “25 years reservei”


Grilled artichokes

Beef fillet soaked in Barolo wine






La Montecarlo (Rome)

This restaurant was placed with tourists and locals at lunchtime.  It specialises in Roman style pizza.  This was very good, being ultra-thin but without being too crispy, the pizza were also very big and pretty cheap.

Marinara and Napoletana pizzas



The service here was friendly and was done with a bit of quirky style.  For example the bill was directly written on the paper table cloth.

A good way to save paper: