The current craft beer revival is more widespread than you might think. Rome’s craft beer scene is particularly vibrant and fast-growing, with over 100 breweries and several brewpubs.
And we intend to try as many local brews as we can during our short holiday here.
First on our hitlist was no.au (on fb, or see my no.au photos) where we stopped for pre-dinner beers served in nicely designed re(thinking)Ale glasses. Knowledgeable, friendly bar staff talked us through the local beers available (less than a handful) and while the restaurant looked appealing, it was small and full so we moved on to look for somewhere else to eat.
Following a re-visit of the Pantheon (obligatory when in Rome), we stumbled upon Ristorante Archimede Santa Eustachio on Piazza dei Caprettari, nearby.
It looked appealing and cosy, serving typical Roman cuisine. It was this that attracted us rather than it’s grand, fourteen-syllabled name which doesn’t roll off the tongue so easily.
Greeted with welcoming Italian hospitality the moment we stepped around the hedge, we ordered a bottle of Elena Walch (EWA) vino bianco d’Italia (recommended as an aperitif or to accompany slightly spicy dishes owing to its dominant grape ie. 60% Gewürztraminer, 20% Muller Thurgau, 20% Chardonnay) which was very reasonably priced and turned out to be a really good wine.
From the extensive menu, and with a little assistance from our jolly waiter, we ordered deep fried artichoke flowers (a Roman speciality) and octopus for starters.
For main course, K ordered porcini fettuccine while I had potato gnocchi seasoned with a tomato and basil sauce. Both were outstanding and full of fresh ingredients giving a surprising complement of flavours in each mouthful.
Although we were stuffed we were so enjoying this dining experience, that K ordered a strawberry pannacotta for dessert. It was outstanding, served in the juice of fresh strawberries (no fake flavoured sauce from a bottle here).
A serendipitous find, Ristorante Archimede Santa Eustachio has set a high benchmark for this holiday’s dining.
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Roman, Italian (in Italy)
~ Address: Piazza dei Caprettari, 63, 00186 Roma, Italy
~ Website + menus: Ristorante Archimede Santa Eustachio website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Ristorante Archimede S. Eustachio food
~ facebook page: On fb
~ Location: Ristorante Archimede S.Eustachio map
More Rome dining:
~ Roma Cavalieri – terrace dining in a Mediterranean oasis
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