But, rules are meant to be broken and the other day I broke one of mine and had lunch at Octopus, a new spot in my Monti neighborhood.
First off the design wows in this small casual place on the via Urbana. From the octopus mosaic set in the entrance floor to the ostrich egg lamps meant to evoke ancient Roman oil lamps every element is handmade and has historical inspiration.
As soon as we sat down we were brought cups of ice water with our menus, a touch surely inspired by the owners America born wife.
It was a very hot afternoon so the raw fish dishes were very appealing. I chose tuna with green influences of dill, olives and yogurt. Saskia ordered swordfish with tomatoes, capers, mint and basil. We asked for a glass of white wine that would complement our choices and I can not remember what was brought it was wonderful.
There are cases filled with piles of oysters flown in from France and trays of fresh octopus salad and a menu full of fresh and creative raw fish dishes, wines and craft beef selections.
If you are a rule breaker and missing the sea, Octopus in Monti is the place for you.
via Urbana 131