I plan my trips to Rome months ahead of time. I’ll be there two weeks next March and April. I am planning to eat dinner (“lunch” to you Yankees) chiefly in Testaccio, and I’ve got a list of restaurants for y'all Chowhounders’ critical eye. I am looking for leisurely sit-down places that preserve and present the culinary tradition of this part of Rome. While I’ll be looking for good Carbonara (Am I not always looking for good Carbonara, and its varieties?), I’ll consider another pasta if the restaurant does a splendid job with it. And I'd consider making one or two restaurants my regular in this part of Rome, to go back twice or thrice.
I have already been to these, and I’d consider them again:
i. Checchino dal 1887 (highly praised by our own Maureen Fant, the doyenne of Roman food critics)
iii. Felice (dismissed by Katie Parla, and Katie Parla’s views are not to be lightly dismissed, she the other doyenne.)
iv. Perilli (didn't quite get a gold star from Maureen Fant)
Here is my current list of where I’d like to eat. Please tell me what to strike out and what to add, and why.
1. Agustarello (said to be the _ne plus ultra_ of Testaccio cuisine)
2. Da Bucatino (recommended for the amatriciana)
3. Da Oio a Casa Mia Trattoria (ate here about 10 years ago and loved it)
4. La Luna Piena, Via Luca della Robbia 15/17 (recommended by the worthy Fred Plotkin. Does it have now another name?)
5. Osteria degli Amici
7. Piatto Romano (on Maureen Fant’s list. Someone recommended the fettuccine with chicken giblets.)
8. Scopettaro (recommended by the Fred Plotkin)
In addition, although I know that Al Moro is not in Testaccio, yet Maureen Fant says it offers good Carbonara.
If between now and late March something new and highly recommendable appears in Testaccio, or if any of y’all have an experience about any of the places above, remember this post and report. I'll have a post later about pizza recommendations.
And thanks, or as we around here say, mighty obliged!
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