Via Monte Giordano 12, Rome Near Piazza Navona
I finally arrived in Rome and the first place I headed was the Piazza Nanona with a side trip to my favorite taverna. When I was here 7 years ago this was my favorite meal of the trip. I hope I am not disappointed this time.
Tonight I am eating early. It's only 5pm and when I walked by Antica Taverna, they were open. In fact Antica Taverna serves continuosly from noon without closing. This is odd for Rome where most places close between lunch and dinner. That makes Antica Taverna a good choice if you want a late lunch or early dinner.
The atmosphere inside the taverna is quaint and warm. Walls are half paneled with dark wood, the ceiling is vaulted and the tablecloths are red and white check. I love Rome!
For my starter I picked Parmagiano e Proscutto (€6). This is simple, thin slices of prosciutto with a few wedges of parmagiano.
At Antica Taverna they always offer some special of the day. Pay attention to what is on the hanwritten list, it's usually the best they have to offer. For my selection I chose the fettucine with artichoke (€8). The dish wasn't what I expected but it was good anyway. It was pretty much a sauce made from artichoke rather than chunks of artichoke hearts. The fettucine tasted pretty good too. I wonder if it was Barilla?
Along with the the fettucine, I ordered a salad of Pomodoro e Rucola (€3), that's tomatoes a arugula. This was a nice side for a few extra vitamins. The salad was dressed simply with balsamic and olive oil. The arugula in Italy ayways tastes so good. It more nutty than the arugula we get at home.
I am skipping dessert, I want to wander around and get gelato.
If you visit Rome and want to try Antica Taverna come armed with a good map. It's on a quiet street a short walk off the Piazza Navona.
The menu at Antica Taverna is in Italian and English which makes eating here easy. Prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is quaint and old world. They also have an outside patio where you can sit when the weather is nice.
Total bill including one glass of uninspiring vino rosso, €22 (about $28)