Via del Leone 2, Roma
This is my second time at Matricianella. The last meal I had here was pretty good, even though the service was a bit awkward.
My guess is that this time the service won't improve, but I'll see by the end of the meal. So far I have my menu, but otherwise I am being ignored.
Today is Friday so none of the specials have any meat. Catholics! For my pasta I am having the Spaghetti Carbonara, even though there is a yummy looking pasta with shrimp and zucchini on the menu. I had to have carbonarra one more time before I leave.
Their version of carbonarra (€8) was pretty thick with lots of cheese and bit of fatty bacon. It had a nice flavor but the dish was a bit heavy.
Along with my pasta I am also having the fried artichoke (€5) and fiore de zucca (breaded and deep fried zucchini flower). The artichoke is a typical Roman/Jewish dish where the artichoke is smashed and then deep fried until crispy.
Eating the artichoke was an adventure. You basically eat the entire thing, leaves and all. The leaves are crispy on the end and soft near the heart. It is a bit fiberous and parts are hard to chew. Regardless, it's pretty addictive. The way they salt it before serving it doesn't hurt.
Of course, the batter breaded artichoke flower was quite tasty. I am not sure if it has a particular flavor, but it was good anyway.
Service today was OK but still pretty slow. My total bill was €17.50 including a small bottle of water.