Pursuing with further accounts of my trattoria meals in Rome:
L’Angelo ai musei – flawless pennette with pink salmon, with an osso bucco that was technically executed as it should, but that still left me perplexed as explained below.
Addr: Via Leone IV, 2, Roma Phone: 06 3972 3187 URL: http://www.angolettoaimusei.com/
Verdict (Very good>Good>Ok>bad): Ok ++. This was some tasty classic Italian food, but I would need a second visit here to better assess this place since the sauce of that good osso bucco had..somehow…a funky taste. Not too sure what the problem was. Furthermore, the house wine was really bad and that is hard to forgive in Italy.
Trattoria Vecchia Roma – Opened since 1916, this trattoria is one of the older eateries of Rome. Where such feature would allow plenty of restaurants to rest on their laurels, Vecchia Roma is of a different breed: the food is traditional, indeed, but nothing tastes nor feels tired under this roof as exemplified by a buccatini all’amatriciana that tasted great and a trippa a la Romana with not one single quip. Rome is touristicky, but if someone complains about anything touristicky about the food at Vecchia Roma , then send him to some serious traditional classic Roman cooking lessons.
Addr: Via Ferruccio, 12b/c, 00185 Roma, Phone: 06 446 7143 URL: http://www.trattoriavecchiaroma.it/
Verdict (Very good>Good>Ok>bad): Good – Very busy eatery. The crowd of Italians (of all generations!!!!) flocking here is not a lure. This is some really well executed Roman restaurant cooking (it goes without saying that..unless you distance yourself from major Italian cities, and try the countryside, to take an example, do not expect some perfectly made nonna’s-style food at restaurants). Too bad I have never been a fan of Roman cuisine (I tried hard to appreciate Roman cuisine, trust me… but its flavors do not move me in general…yeah, I know, my loss) — When it comes to Italian food, I have a soft spot for Traditional Ligurian as well as most Italian coastal cuisines which Flavors my palate perceives as generally stronger, in their expression, than what is typically found in Roman cuisine. As ever,regardless of personal taste, no cuisine should be viewed as superior to the other.