I ate the best pasta of my life for 8$ in a local restaurant in Rome
I remember my first dinner in Rome perfectly. You can see it in the picture bellow. That’s it! A fresh, homemade pasta dish with porcine mushrooms and Italian ham, paired with a white sauce and a cold beer. 8 bucks, because in life, it’s all about the little things. It’s a cliche, but a true one.
We stayed in Rome for 3 nights, in the vicinity of Roma Termini train station, which is right in the heart of the city. Although we visited in late February, the streets, animated by small scooters and mini cars, were filled by the hoards of tourists from all over the world, coming to Rome to see it’s wonders.
Discovering Elletra was like the cherry on top of a delicious cake that was Rome, after a day of sightseeing which included some amazing churches and the first encounter with the Colosseum. It was just across the street from our modest, yet perfectly located hotel.
Right at the entrance, that’s where Antonio “lives”. He is the head waiter, but also an orator. What I mean by that is that he greets pedestrians and invites them into the restaurant, but in such a way that you can never say “no” to him. He basically puts on a show in the street, pretty much like Cicero did, some 2000 years ago, in the middle of the Roman Forum. He was kind, warm and really good at his job, finding clients for the establishment, which was full most of the time.
As soon as we sat down, we were served a bowl of bread and some olive oil. Don’t touch that bread, unless you feel like you’re about to pass out, as it will cost you 5 Euros, even if you only have one piece of crostini. Besides this little “tourist trap”, Elletra proved to be one of my favourite restaurants on planet Earth. Visited by locals and tourists alike, serving some divine pasta, reasonably priced drinks and desserts, all paired with an almost perfect service, it was the actual recipe for the perfect dinner.
Please, especially if you live in the Roma Termini part of Rome, do yourself a favour and visit this restaurant. You’ll thank me later, don’t worry about it.