To make up for an aborted attempt to lunch at Lupa last week, we decided to go for an early dinner yesterday.
Arriving at just after 6 pm, sans reservation, we were told by the hostess about the hour's wait for a table for two which we had somewhat anticipated. However, after parking ourselves and ordering a couple of aperitifs at the bar, the hostess softly told us us to follow her to our table.
Except for a decent version of trippa alla Romana, everything else we ordered were from the night's specials list. The orochiette pasta with sausage, arugula, and light olive oil-based sauce is a winner and a definite "order again if we chanced to be here when it is offered". A grilled fresh Atlantic sea breem was topped with a terrific garlic-sauted halved artichoke hearts. The menu dish for the day, 3 nicely-seasoned lamb chops that were fried medium rare is simplicity defining tastiness. At some point, knife and fork were abandoned to fully enjoy these succulent lamb chops.
For dessert, the caramel gelato is as creamy and rich as we like our gelato to be, without the extreme or cloying sweetness. The creamy, and almost-slimy, panna cotta was so good and was ably complemented by honey and some dried grapes (these were much larger and plumper than raisins).
The restaurant was noisy (after we left, I still hummed on the Stones music that were played over the speakers on top of the noisy conversations by the clienteles), and it was very busy, as are the other times that I've dined here, underlining the fact that this is a deservedly popular fine Roman trattoria, and luckily for us, right here in Manhattan.