My F&W
quick save (...)

Il Matriciano

55 Via dei Gracchi
Rome , Italy
39 06 321-2327

Among the regulars at this friendly stalwart of cucina Romana, you’ll find gussied-up old ladies alongside rockers in jeans and Kiss tour shirts—all of whom trust Il Matriciano to bring them unfussy versions of their favorite classic Roman country dishes. The restaurant’s namesake plate, bucatini all’amatriciana (miniature cables of homemade pasta with tomato, pecorino, and guanciale), is excellent, and should be preceded with an antipasto of the swoon-worthy carciofi alla giudea (Jewish-style artichokes deep-fried in olive oil); they’re delicate, tender, crispy, and intensely flavorful. The cummerbund-clad camerieri whoosh through the dining room—an old-school salon with white tablecloths and warm, polished woods—with an earnest attention to service rarely seen in Roman restaurants of any price range.

Insider Tip: Take advantage of the restaurant’s proximity to the Vatican; go for an early weekday lunch (kitchen opens at 12:30 p.m.) and visit the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon, when the tourist crowds have thinned.

Reservations recommended.

advertisement
The Dish
Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
American Express Publishing ("AEP") may use your email address to send you account updates and offers that may interest you. To learn more about the ways we may use your email address and about your privacy choices, read the AEP Privacy Statement.
How we use your email address
advertisement
Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.