My friend gets two points for insisting I go to L'Orso during my Rome visit. From food to service, and everything in between, I was treated like I was the pope (well, maybe a Cardinal, at least).
For starters, as in many other cities in Europe, there is someone usually standing outside the restaurant that tries to lure you in. At L'Orso, the owner stood outside, but he needn't even spend the effort to get you to come in...people either stampeded to the door to get a table, or at least shook the owner's hand in passing. That kind of respect only comes from running a quality, reputable place.
The first dish I ordered was the antipasto all'Italiana. A mixed plate of prosciutto, salami, melon, and cheese. All aforementioned items were of highest freshness and general quality. The prosciutto had the natural oils and fat to give it a shiny lust, like gold. Perfect.
It was, however, the rigatoni carbonara that motivates me to write an immediate and emphatic review, in order to sing its praises. The egg component of the sauce gave the noodles just enough silk-like texture. The bacon was cut into small, although thick, pieces that added the smokiness to give the dish that extra complexity. Lastly, the noodles were cooked al-dente, allowing you to have that extra "bite."
Do not deny the luxuries that Rome has to offer; instead, bathe in them. Dine at L'Orso 80.
The food is amazing....maybe American Italian food has me confused but the meals they serve up here might make you question what you've been calling Italian all this time!
This place serves excellent pasta and antipasti in a loose, Roman style - like "I'll just put this bottle of wine on your table and you just pay for what you drink". As indicated, service is charming, personal and unintrusive. The feel is a family place, and you're invited. Definitly a place to seek out for a chilled lunch at street level (which we did) or maybe finer dining inside in the evening?
Antipasto is to die for! The variety is great. Food is fresh. Service is nice.
Nice home style Roman cuisine with large portions of food at reasonable prices. It seems to be a hit with the locals as we saw large families with children there. Go for one of the seafood pastas.
Very good homestyle Roman restaurant. Huge antipasto set up. This was probably the 2nd best amatriciana we had in Rome. This was our second visit as well since we went 4 years ago on our first trip and came back again. The prices are very fair and it is close enough to Piazza Navona that you can get a great meal without getting ripped off by the places in the piazza. I also had a veal dish that was less impressive but my wife and I both love their pastas.
Excellent and worth it. For 44 euro you order waiter's choice antipasto, water and two glasses of wine and you eat like a local. They bring you a taste of everything and it is è tutto, squisito.
You can get full just trying the antipasti here, because it consists of a huge number of delicious plates. You got your grilled zucchini and eggplant, your ham and melon, bean salads, suppli (deep fried cheese-filled balls), a selection of salamis, marinated cauliflower, olives, the list goes on and on.
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