Recent dining experience in the Holy City.
Hank’s: The only negative I have is that the noise level was too high for our enjoyment and a lot of foot traffic from the staff due to the business of the place. The food was totally fine but not memorable. Nothing disappointing and nothing luring is back. Wine is overpriced.
39 Rue de Jean: Lunch here was excellent. Mussels are always perfect. Salads are fresh and fulfilling. Wine list is engaging. We have been numerous times over the last 15 years and it has never disappointed.
Trattoria Luca: The best meal of our trip. Just spellbinding. Gnudi, porchetta, octopus, tile fish, and amazing pastas. Had a light red from Sardinia perfectly matched to both light and hearty fare. A must do.
Pawpaw: Sunday brunch. Slow service. Good but not memorable. Crab with too much filler. Shrimp and grits with too much sausage and not enough shrimp and overly seasoned. Decent wine selections.
The Ordinary: Our third visit. Always good. Hard to imagine better oysters unless you were an otter floating on your back watching the sunset. Stunning peel and eat shrimp. Lovely soft shell crab. Adequate wine list.
Le Farfalle: New to us, it will become a regular. Cacio e pepe transported me back to Trastevere and a restaurant outside St. Cecilia. Octopus carpaccio was lovely. Great daily specials. Diverse wine selections. Bright and inviting atmosphere with attentive wait staff. Cannot wait to go back. I get the sense this restaurant is fully engaged in every aspect of its product. A great study for other establishments looking to up their game.