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ghiottone | Oct 18, 2012 12:20 AM

For anyone venturing up from Rome to Cerveteri to visit the Etruscan necropolis (well worth a trip, just 45 minutes from Rome center:, I can recommend lunch at Le Ginestre (, located next to the town’s Etruscan Museum. In addition to the a la carte offerings (pastas in the low teens, mains in the low 20s), they have two fixed price menus: a three-course menu that changes daily (€ 30, includes glass of wine, water, dessert, coffee), and a two-course lunch-only “Roman specialties” menu (€ 23, choice of carbonara/cacio pepe, saltimbocca/involtini (IIRC), plus wine, coffee, sorbetto). We opted for the latter. The pastas were quite good, though the cacio pepe was not hot enough. I was told that they can’t toss it in the pan as the cheese sticks. I found that odd. I assume that the sauce is “cooked” by the hot pasta, then. But there was too much sauce for the pasta to heat thoroughly. Perhaps that’s a typical style, though I doubt it. The secondi were piatti unici, meaning they were served with vegetables. The saltimbocca consisted of two generous veal cutlets and was well prepared. We’d swapped out the veal involtini for a shredded pork dish, also quite good. Nice selection of breads. Charming space.

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