You get the idea.
Rome is a great place for this behavior. Romans, like us, tend to frequent the same places over decades, generations even.
Six years ago when we were moving to Rome, old friends showed us around their favorite neighborhood places. Il Scarpone, in Monteverde, was one of the very first restaurants we had a meal in our new city. We were jet lagged and overwhelmed and I remember little other than excitement of our friends over the first bowls of cherries of the season and the smell of jasmine. Being creatures of habit, now, if we find ourselves in Monteverde at dinnertime, this is where we eat.
I don't spend much time in Monteverde and when I am up there it is usually for lunch at The American Academy. Last night after a very thought provoking talk we found ourselves hungry for dinner and discussion. As tradition demanded it was dinner at Il Scarpone, an old school Roman spot. This means a vast space, brightly lit, slightly surly waiters. I love it here.
Traditional pastas, pizza and grilled meats are all good here. The house wine is decent and the desserts classic and fresh. In the summer there is a pretty vine covered garden to sit. Oh and a rarity in Rome, plenty of parking.
|a decent house red
|grilled meat is a star here
|last of the fragiolini
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