While I always try my hardest to be as ‘un-touristy’ as possible, especially when in Rome, where I like to consider myself almost a local (shame I don’t speak the language!), sometimes it’s quite fun to do something a little touristy and a little naff.
Having lunch at Atelier Canova Tadolini is one of these things worth doing. We had a hilarious time, eating between the various classical busts and statues. It was surprisingly quiet when we had lunch there, and made it almost feel like we had a private dining experience, were it for a charming French family who sat next to us.
The staff were lovely, smiling at us as we took the mandatory photos of us having lunch.
And the food was surprisingly good. I would stick to the ‘primi’ dishes – the pasta and risotto options – which were very rich but delicious. I opted for the zucchini flower risotto which was a real hit, and my other favourite was the pecorino and black pepper home made pasta in the parmesan basket which is very typical of Rome. The prices are also very reasonable.
We left after a strong espresso to give us more energy to continue exploring the city. While this isn’t on my top places to eat in Rome, I would recommend it, even if you just stop by for a coffee, because ultimately it is a fun and different experience.
Oh, and book ahead.
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