Just wandering into restaurants in Italy, I find the food hit and miss. I think we all have this dream of every meal in Italy being amazing and unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I read an article that said the prevalence of tourists was one of the main reasons. The restaurants didn’t have to rely on repeat customers. Sad, but true. Because Yelp isn’t used as much in Europe, I found just because a restaurant had good reviews, it didn’t mean it was good, so do your research when dining out. Angelina Ristorante was a recommend from our AirBnB host who has a list of restaurants he recommended and it was also one of the restaurants Lina had on her list so Angelina it was.
We got to eat on the rooftop terrace which was wonderful. The bad part was we had to take 3 flights of stairs and if you had to go to the bathroom you had to go down 2 flights of stairs. But food was waiting for me at the top of the restaurant so I made the brutal to me (but not really brutal) climb.
Our reservation was later in the evening so it wasn’t too busy, which is nice. And our waiters were cute which was even nicer. Plus they were great about answering our questions, even if there was sometimes a language barrier. Angelina catered towards locals which helped with the quality of their food but we did have to take a cab to get to them.
When we go out to eat, we usually share with someone on the table so that we can experience more food. Unfortunately, Nancy lost her phone this night (she left it in the cab on the way home) so we don’t have her photos.
The bruschetta was amazing. We had the one with the mushrooms and prosciutto but Lina said the tomato one was fantastic also.
Underneath this pile of roasted vegetables was a burrata. I had never heard of it but apparently it has a mozzarella outer layer with a stracciatella and creme inner layer. Barb has been wanting to try it and you know I’m all in for anything with cheese. We were expecting the inside to ooze out, I even had the video running for the piercing but much to our disappointment, there was no ooze but what there was plenty of was deliciousness!
The Spaghetti alla carbonara was the best we had in Italy. Nancy might have ordered it at a few different restaurants, lol. The pasta was perfectly cooked with fantastic bits of guanciale (in the states this is often made with bacon) which is a cured meat normally made from pig cheeks or jowls and of course eggs and lots of cheese.
I can’t remember which beef we ordered, there were so many and we kept going back and forth. I think we went with what the waiter recommended. The taste was wonderful but the meat was cooked a little too much for my tastes.
Considering that we ate before we went out to eat, you would think there wouldn’t be any room for dessert. You would be wrong. There wasn’t a lot of room for dessert and we were going to pass but the waiter started waxing poetic about the tiramisu, apparently they use local area cream and eggs and their recipe is unlike any other. SOLD! We were really full so we split a tiramisu and a pistachio ice cream.
I thought it was good but nothing life changing. According to Nancy and Barb, it was the best tiramisu that they had ever had. More pistachio ice cream for me.
I know I mentioned this in a previous post but seriously, when you’re ready for your check, don’t hesitate to ask. About a half an hour after we finished our meal they let us know their credit card machine wasn’t working. We told them that wasn’t a problem. They didn’t come back and bring our check until a half an hour after that, after we had gone up and asked for it. Since Nancy and Barb had flown in that day, they were even more tired than normal and an hour after we finished our meal, the glow of a wonderful meal was definitely dimming, LOL.
Overall, we were impressed by Angelina Ristorante. I would definitely recommend it if you are ever in Rome, Italy but I like our second night’s dinner in Rome even more! Will tell you about it soon.