A chilled glass of white, sipped alongside a plate of steaming home-made linguini and a healthy scattering of Parmesan. The stuff of dreams!
I have to admit, the part I was most excited about when I headed to Rome with a few girlfriends earlier this month was gorging on traditional Italian pizza and pasta and cheese and salami and wine. All day, everyday!
Suffice to say, that’s exactly what we did.
We headed to this hole in the wall osteria in the coolest part of town, Trastevere called Le Mani In Pasta. An osteria in Italy was originally a place serving wine and simple food. These days however, there is more focus on the food with short menus and an emphasis on local special dishes.
A really relaxed and homely atmosphere with an abundance of wine going around and a wonderfully aromatic open kitchen at the back. Roaring chefs included!
We began our meal with a plate of Parma Ham with Mozzarella and Melon. Extremely creamy mozzarella, paired with fresh ham and sweet and juicy melon!
It was my first time experiencing this combination of flavours and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Then arrived the Butter and Sage Ravioli, consumed almost entirely by creamy, warm, cheesy goodness. The sage added a hint of but just enough flavour.
The ambiance is exactly how you’d imagine a traditional Italian home kitchen to be. Loud (but friendly) waiters (let’s not forget the excessive hand gestures!) with equally talkative guests immersed in casual conversation with each other.
We also went for the Ricotta Cheese and Bacon Fettuccine. We obviously think that there is no such thing as too much cheese!
Creamy fettucine and thick cut bits of bacon coated in never-ending ricotta!
Our third dish of the evening (and my new-found favourite) was Spaghetti with Clams.
With a little more spice and a heavier drizzle of olive oil compared to the other dishes, this was definitely a clear winner for me!
Last but not least, we ended this incredible meal with Profiteroles (soft, fluffy, oozing with cream and a healthy drizzle of chocolate sauce)
And Affogato. Not pictured, a glass of the infamous Italian Limoncello to end a great meal!
We had a wonderfully hearty and satisfying dinner at Le Mani In Pasta offering exactly what you’d expect when dining in Italy. Fresh, home made, simple but oh so good comfort food!
Le Mani In Pasta is located in Trastevere and you can find out more information here. I’d recommend booking ahead as this seems to be a clear favourite of locals and tourists alike and we did have to queue!
More Italian adventures coming up in my next post.
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