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Ditirambo – Rome, Italy

September 21st, 2010 · No Comments

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First night in Rome – too lazy/tired to make a reservation. We pull out the lonely planet and look for a place that’s a) open on a Sunday night and b) near Cambo de’ Fiori, close to where we’re staying. Ditirambo fits the bill – we cross our fingers and hope that it will be open.

We stroll by, baby in arms and are surprised when they figure they can fit us in for the first seating. We grab a comfortable seat in the back of the second room of the restaurant. The restaurant inside is very simple and quiet – low-ish ceilings, muted colors, low-ish lighting, green checkered tablecloths. It’s clean, it’s comfortable, it’s quiet, we’re happy.

Service is fast and friendly. D starts with the deep-fried zucchini flowers that are stuffed with cheese; I start with an antipasti plate which is a mix of two soft cheeses (one mixed with phyllo and pimento), a slice of prosciutto, a slice of breaded/fried eggplant and what I think is a breaded/fried piece of artichoke heart with cheese. They’re both nice starters and surprisingly light. We order a bottle of the ‘house white’ – which is actually a great bottle of wine (in my tiredness, I forgot to write it down). Never mind – for €7, it’s the best value bottle I’ve had in ages.

The mains come – D has the roasted ravioli filled with cheese, which came in a tomato/caper sauce, and I have the tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms (which are in season now). Both were great. The tomato/caper sauce was full of rich tomato flavour with a nice acidic/bitter flavour from the capers. The porcinis (slightly an acquired taste for the subtlety of their flavour) were perfect, not overcooked, and the pasta was absolutely, 100%, ‘ahhh, back in Italy’, perfect.

The meal, with a bottle of wine, a bottle of water, and four dishes came to €66. Service, location, ambiance were all great, and a restaurant like this could charge twice as much at home. You’re probably paying a little bit of a ‘Campo de’ Fiori’ tax here just because the location is so good, but definitely if you’re in the neighborhood and you need a solid restaurant, you won’t be disappointed.

Ristorante Ditirambo
Piazza della Cancelleria, 74
00186 Roma
Tel: (+39) 066 871626

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Tags: Italian · Italy · Rome · Western Food

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