La Rosetta


 

Forget about the multi-coloured scene that everyday takes place in the nearby Piazza del Pantheon between gladiators, pedlars selling small reproductions of the Colosseum or flying toys; forget the tourist menus of the restaurants that face the square where waiter-bellowers will try to convince you that "here you eat real Roman food"; open a gap in the ranks of tourist guides, avoiding their umbrellas that trace precise blows like PaqMan Paquiao, and head straight for the road La Rosetta is on.

 

 

Just a few steps down this small alley that preserves all the charm of Rome's historic centre and aside from feeling a million light years away from the chaos you have just endured, you will also come across one of the restaurants that has led the way in Rome's seafood cuisine: La Rosetta.

 

 

Choose where you want to sit, in the relaxing outdoor tables or on fresher and rainy days in the elegant dining hall, and let yourself be guided by the Riccioli family: here every day is a celebration of products, very high quality fish, cooked without sensationalism and with the determination that the ingredients should do the talking instead of the flair of the chef.

La Rosetta is truly a piece of Rome's history, for a long time  setting the standards in luxury and worldliness: it was "The Restaurant" during the First Republic where one would choose to go to drink champagne, eat oysters and keep good public relations; now things have changed, one comes here mainly to enjoy that feeling of peace that the venue gives off, combined with a classical and flavoursome cuisine.

 

 

The moscardini alla diavola, spicy-hot and with a fresh tomato sauce, have the "boasting" language of those seaside trattorie and taste even better accompanied by a piece of toasted bread; the linguine allo scoglio, within the limits of this preparation, have precise and neat flavours despite paying the price for an excessive mantecatura (cooking the pasta in its sauce in the final stage to achieve a creamy consistency); the spelt spaghetti with porcini mushrooms and squid remind one of the bourgeois register of this place and of its past allure.

 

 

A glass of wine chosen from the well assorted cellar represents the perfect combination with a platter of some excellent grilled fish, capable of catapulting La Rosetta straight into a garden with sea views, so much so you will ask yourself: where are the Roman triremes?

 

 

A pudding and a coffee, a slanting ray of sunshine that cuts across the alley and the distant sound of the square packed with tourists will be the farewell homage of this charming part of Rome's restaurant industry, which has managed to keep-up with changing times by achieving a solid, product-based cuisine that is served in an elegant manner, far from the wax museum model.


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