Trattoria Virginiae Rome

Tonight my only concern for eating out was that we wouldn’t have pizza. Reason being that after last night’s gorgeous stone baked pizza at Bir+Fud, anything else would just be sub-standard and disappointing. Well it seemed a likely theory.

The trattoria Virginiae was a spontaneous choice of restaurant – it didn’t look like a tourist-trap like those on the main piazzas, it was getting late (even by Rome’s late dining standards) and we wanted to eat *now!*, and there was space to sit outside. The waiter greeted us straight away even though he was running around like a headless chicken. So why not…


 
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Virginiae trattoria on Via di Parione


For starters we ordered a Virginiae sharing platter @ €8 (an assortment of hams, cheeses, olives and artichokes) and a bottle of chianti classico.


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Anti-pasti sharing platter


For primi platti, I had fettucine al funghi porcine @ €10.50 (pasta noodles, garlic, oil, mushrooms, parsley and hot pepper that gave it a wonderful kick!) and K had Tonnarelli cacio e pepe @ €9 (spaghetti pasta, ewe’s milk cheese and pepper).

Our waiter recommended a sprinkling of finely grated parmesan on the tonnarelli but not on the fettucine – the strong earthy mushroom flavours and hot chilli spice shouldn’t be overpowered by parmesan he said – they’re such lovely flavours in their own right. And he was right.

We were in raptures with this whole dining experience from the get-go.


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Fettucine Al Funghi Porcine


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Tonnarelli cacio e pepe – simple subtle flavours


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At Virginiae – thanks to the chef; light + bright inside Virginiae; Pecorino crisp wine


And then came the serious benchmarking test after all: pizza. For secundi piatti (I can’t help but love the Italian way of eating – so many courses! And when in Rome…) we shared a Capricciosa pizza @ €8 and an insalata mista @ €5, with a bottle of crisp Pecorino wine (slightly carbonated and refreshing).


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Capricciosa pizzabest pizza


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Pizza base – thin as a ring with mixed salad


With a crisp base as thin as a ring, this pizza was in a class of its own.

And so we were tempted into a final taste test: panna cotta. AT €5, the panna cotta itself was good but the ‘fruit’ sauce tasted as though it had been freshly squeezed from a bottle and slightly ruined it.


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Panna cotta


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Total bill €110 excl service – cash only as card terminal not working this eve


The verdict: A most pleasing discovery on our last evening in Rome, ending the culinary delights of this trip on a high note.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4.5 / 5
~ Type: Italian
~ Address: Via di Parione, 41, 00186 Rome, Italy
~ Website + menus: Virginiae website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Virginiae
~ facebook page: Virginiae on fb
~ Location: Virginiae map


RELATED LINKS
More Rome drinking + dining:
~ Bir + Fud – stone baked pizza + craft beers
~ No.au – real ale bar + restaurant
~ Open Baladin – 100+ craft beers
~ Ristorante Archimede Santa Eustachio – typical Roman cuisine
~ Roma Cavalieri – terrace dining in a Mediterranean oasis
~ Virginiae – cucina Romana *best pizza*


		
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