A Pasta Dish I Will Never Forget

Day 62/365: Rome, the Eternal City… of pasta!

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta” — Federico Fellini

I’m a big foodie. I never eat at a restaurant nowadays, but not because I don’t like it, but because restaurants have a serious problem with their menus, food and service. That’s not the case with a small little Italian restaurant in the middle of Rome called Elettra.

The Place

I was accommodated at a small hotel on a via near the Termini Train Station. Right in front of the hotel, on the other side of the small street, there was this little place with a guy, Antonio, greeting tourists and locals alike to get inside and have an authentic pasta experience. “Scam”, I was telling myself while looking at this guy from my balcony.

I let myself lured in and I tried not to let my mind explode as I’ve never researched the place online before and, absolutely, it was about to be one of the most ridiculous, overpriced and scamming dining experiences of my life. I was already in, so there was no room for changing my mind.

The inside of the little trattoria was simple, with small 2 or 4 seaters, a medium-sized bar and a lot of cabinets for Italian wines, olive oils and other ingredients, but also a lot of parmesan cheese dispensers.

The smell of the place was the first which struck me. The whole place smelled like fresh olives, if you’ve ever had the chance to run through an olive orchard. I did, and there I was, in the middle of Rome, doing it once again but in a small restaurant for which I had low expectations.

The Food

I was seated by Antonio and he let me in good hands, as my waiter was a Romanian as myself. Small world, and even smaller prices. Although situated in the middle of the city, the prices at Elletra were just right. I paid about 12 Euros for a big portion of tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and ham, a Moretti beer and a desert.

The food? I’ve got to be honest with you, that was the absolute best pasta dish that I’ve ever had in my entire life. It’s still my favourite, years later!

I can’t foget the freshness of the pasta, perfectly cooked al dente, as they should be, the texture and flavour of the meaty porcini mushrooms, the bacony flavour of the perfectly crisp ham and the deliciousness of the white sauce that the pasta was covered with. The dish was simply SUBLIME!

If you’re getting ready to spend a vacation in Rome, no matter what TripAdvisor tells you, no matter where your hotel is, no matter if you’re a backpacker or a billionaire, go to Elettra and try the pasta that I described above. Spread some parmesan cheese over them and indulge, along with a beer or, if you’re feeling festive, a tall glass of prosecco.

I guarantee you it’s going to knock your socks off and you’ll come back every single night for the rest of your stay in beautiful Rome.

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My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, Full-time Freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 45 claps!

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