Did you know that there is an island in Rome. Right there in the center of the city, at a bend in the river is the Isola Tiberina. Measuring less than 300 meters long it is mainly known as the home to Rome's most central hospital, Fatebenefratelli, and as a spot to sunbathe on a warm spring day. I often make my way to my yoga studio in Trastevere this way, passing the 10th century Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola and crossing the Ponte Fabrico, which is Rome's oldest intact bridge (built in 62 BC!) but I never think to stop. The newish Tiberino was transformed from an old fashioned bar to a chic bistro last summer and I had been meaning to try it but kind of kept forgetting about it. Saskia heading back to Amsterdam after a few weeks in Rome was the impetus I needed.
The tables set in the small piazza overlooking the Basilica were unfortunately reserved for a film shoot so we chose a table inside. The painted wood decor and charming line drawings on the placemats almost made up for sitting inside on a lovely spring afternoon. (the strangely loud dance music playing did not.)
I had a hamburger, which was ok, and Saskia had ravioli with a dusting of bottarga, which was fantastic. We split a creme brûlée with a salty sweet top that while a little more like a panna cotta/flan/creme brûlée hybrid was delicious and satisfyingly creamy and cold.
There is a lot to like about Tiberio; The service is great, it is open all day long, the sandwiches at the glass fronted bar look like a delicious, refreshing change from a boring tramazzino and the cocktail list looked inspired. I am looking forward to many more Roman island visits.
Via Ponte Quattro Capi, 17-18
+39 06 6877662
Open every day.