I am almost always the decider when it come to what and where we are going to eat. During the week it is me that does the menu planning and shopping for dinners at home and when friends come to visit I usually pick an old favorite. As much as I love telling people what to do, I am always happy for someone else to take the reins. Earlier this summer we had an inventive and delicious dinner at Culinaria, with new friends in a place I never would have discovered on my own.
Culinaria is tucked into a small corner on a closed end street in between Piazza della Republica and Termini train station. The decor is modern without a.) being cold, or b.) another iteration of the whitewashed Pottery Barn esthetic that seems to be the decor craze in Rome these days.
Our friends had been here a few times already and suggested a few dishes while we crunched on tomato topped bruschetta bites.
We all ordered riffs on classic Roman pastas; My gricia was studded with crispy squares of guanciale, Mark's cacio e pepe was creamy and spicy with exotic peppercorns and the rigatoni with a deeply flavored tomato sauce just might have been the quiet star of the show.
Desserts are creative and expertly straddle the fashionable sweet and salty, cold and crunchy tightrope with elements like salted pistachio with candied orange slices and a sublime deconstructed tiramisu.
If you find yourself hungry for something modern and well priced near Termini find Culinaria and settle in.
Via Gaeta, 81 - Roma
+39 06 488 05 09