Lunch at Roscioli, Rome

You might have read posts from a couple of years ago when my family and I cruise around and each time we land in a different town or city, it’s pretty easy for us to find somewhere for a delicious local lunch as there’s only a handful of us. However, this time there was 13 of us. 13. It was my graduation trip, so Papa Bear gave the green light to inviting some friends with us. Not only that, but this was the first time my cousin Bella was cruising with me too. Hoorah!

So yeah, back to the issue of finding places to eat. This meant that if we didn’t want to split up and do our own thing, and also if we wanted to go somewhere actually nice, I’d have to book ahead for 13. Maybe a few weeks in advance…. And that’s exactly what I did! Knowing Rome was the one place I wanted to find somewhere nice, lots of research led me to Roscioli.

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Oh Roscioli. There’s a cafe next door, so don’t confuse them when you have a booking (which is definitely not what happened to me). At the front of the restaurant, there’s a deli, which is filled with everything that you probably want to take home with you.

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We were led through the restaurant and downstairs.

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Waiting for us was a beautiful table surrounded by shelves of wine.

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Time to dive into the menu. As if I hadn’t already looked at it hundreds of times online.

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Traditional Roman Delicacies?!

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We were also trying to work out for ages what DOP stands for.

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I have just Googled it and and that’s actually a part of it’s official name. Don’t say I never did anything for you!

We were all so hungry. And how do you order starters for 13 people?

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Just in case you were wondering who was there!

Good thing the bread was brought out. It was a good variation of different types – we all snatched our favourites.

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And then there were plates of this. I’m not 100% sure what it was, but it was like a soft cream cheese.

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And more bread arrived! Where were these earlier? So much for saving my tummy for later.

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Hello, beautiful.

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Then out came the wines! It was a mixed table of red and rosé.

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We didn’t know what to order as a starter (and how many), so we asked the lovely waiter and waitress to help us out. I mentioned we wanted mozzarella, so they planned a selection for us.

Things started off with a little meat…

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I, however, was waiting for the cheese.

The one thing I requested to order was the Burrata Cheese with Truffle Pearls since my friends took one look at it and realised we must have it. Best decision.

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So creamy and delicious.

Plates of Adriatic Octopus Salad was also on the table.

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As well as plenty of Buffalo Mozzarella with Semidry Pachino Cherry Tomatoes.

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And when I say plenty, I mean, seriously, PLENTY. There were so many plates arriving that we had no idea how we were going to finish it all, plus our mains after.

Good thing we had wine to wash it all down.

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Okay, if you haven’t already understood that you have to visit here if/when you visit Rome, I’m bluntly telling you now. And I’ll tell you exactly what mains you should order.

I don’t care if you order this for yourself, steal a piece of someone else’s or have it to share in the middle of the table. You HAVE to order the Amatriciana Gnocco, one of the traditional Roman delicacies. It’s homemade gnocchi, and it’s the softest, fluffiest, most delicious gnocchi you’ll ever eat in your entire life. Gnocchi will seriously never be the same.

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And look at the cheese all around the plate. MMMMmmmmmmmm.

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They are like little clouds. I couldn’t recommend it enough.

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Sadly I didn’t order it, but I was lucky enough to sneak a few bites from Luke and Lucy.

Instead, I had another of the traditional Roman delicacies, the Cheese and Pepper (Cacio e Pepe). 

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It sounds simple, but it’s fresh pasta with Roman pecorino cheese dop, “cacio” from moliterno, pecornio di fossa from Sogliano del Rubicone and Malaysian black pepper.

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Cooked al dente, the cheese absolutely makes it. What a seriously stunning dish – another amazing veggie pasta option!

Grandma went for something that I can’t actually remember (SORRY) but it looks pretty good?

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My Aunt Tracy had one of the starters – Courgette Flowers stuffed with Roman oxtail stews and peppered white cheese fondue. Best courgette flowers ever?

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Confirmed – yes.

There was more pasta on the table, but again I can’t remember just what this was. Again, it looks cheesy, peppery and delicious.

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Ming didn’t go for pasta, but instead a Raw Swordfish – a smoked carpaccio with evo olive oil, lemon and mint. She said it was okay – clearly nothing on the pasta. She wouldn’t get it again.

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She also had a side of extra veggies, and it’s worth noting that she mentioned that the artichokes in it were shockingly amazing.

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And what did everyone else eat? La Carbonara.

There were probably a good 6 orders of this on the table – at least.

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Everyone likes theirs done differently, so some thought it was insanely good, and some thought they’d had better. But no one can deny that Roman pecorino cheese dop!

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And with more food, there’s more wine.

No wonder I put on so much weight after summer.

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We were all pretty pleased with ourselves. And full. Very full.

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And just when we couldn’t eat another bite, they brought out these.

Sugared biscuits with melted chocolate. HOW COULD THEY DO THIS.

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After we all rolled out (and not in a cool way, more like we laying on the floor and sausage rolling out), Mama Bridges made sure she didn’t leave without a few cheeky bottles of wine. Look how excited she is!

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So when you visit here (which you WILL – make sure you make a booking!), look out for this sign.

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The perfect meal in Rome. You’d think we wouldn’t eat anything else while we were there that afternoon, but you’d be wrong…

Did someone say “Gelato”?

2 Comments

  1. September 22, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I’ve been here! The bread is just the best!

    • September 25, 2016 / 4:42 pm

      Amazing, right? What I’d give to go back and have that gnocchi!

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