My favorite meal in Rome: Il Nido del Pettirosso

As much as I enjoyed Angelina RestaurantIl Nido del Pettirosso was my favorite meal in Rome. While the name doesn’t exactly roll off of the tongue, it was more than a dinner, it was a dining experience.

Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait for our table. The owner was sweet, and we didn’t mind. As you can see, the restaurant is tiny and our group took up half of the room. By the time we were done eating our food, we were the only ones left.
Il Nido del Pettirosso, Rome, Italy
We love to share our food so that we can experience many different items off of the menu. This works out wonderfully for my belly and my wallet. Menu Il Nido del Pettirosso

What we ordered.

At the top of the page was the quinoa salad with seasonal vegetables and a pistachio pesto. This was most people’s favorite dish. It was delicious.

Here is a sample of some of the things we ordered. If I posted pictures of everything we ordered from Il Nido del Pettirosso, the page wouldn’t load.

Raw prawns, carrot puree, celery, apple, chives, orange and lemon rind was very light and flavorful.
Il Nido del Pettirosso, Rome Italy
I love anything with quail eggs so you know I loved this: Quail eggs in a nest of vegetable tempura, cream of Casalvieri saffron, mushrooms and peppers. This was so good and the tempura which can be heavy if not cooked right was fantastic. I think Nancy might have licked the plate clean, or was that me?


I’m a huge fan of risotto and an even huger fan of foi gras so ordering this risotto was a no brainer. It also included champagne, candied fruits and fresh herbs. Every bite was heaven in my mouth.

Il Nido del Pettirosso Rome Italy
Duck is something I never get enough of but I usually find myself disappointed when I order it in nice restaurants. I devour the duck you find hanging in an Asian restaurant or market that’s juicy and full of flavor. Nice places will overcook it and make it dry. The chef suggested the duck be served rare so that is how I ordered it.  The flavor was amazing. This was my favorite dish of the night. Trust me, it doesn’t photograph as good as it tastes.
Il Nido del Pettirosso, Rome, Italy

Free food!

Since we were the last ones standing (or sitting as the case may be) and we had to wait to get seated the owner served us a free dessert platter. What a treat! We loved our meal and to get a free dessert also, what more could we ask for? It was the perfect size for us because we were full to bursting.

dessert Il Nido del Pettirosso Rome, Italy
If you ever get to Rome, I highly recommend this tiny restaurant. Make a reservation and bring an empty stomach.

my favorite meal in Rome Il Nido del Pettirosso

Leiha

I like to eat, sleep and experience the world, one meal at a time.

26 thoughts on “My favorite meal in Rome: Il Nido del Pettirosso

  • February 22, 2017 at 7:23 am
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    I’ve never even seen food that pretty in person! Thanks for sharing!

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    • February 22, 2017 at 10:52 am
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      We will have to change that Brenda. 🙂

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    • February 22, 2017 at 8:11 pm
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      I love that the food tasted as good as it looked. A feast for the eyes and the belly.

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  • February 22, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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    What stands out to me is that judging from the photo, the restaurant really is very tiny. It almost looks like you’re having dinner over at someone’s home! How’s the ambience?

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    • February 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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      It was so small, we were talking to the people at the table next to us. It felt warm and intimate, like you are at a friend’s house for a very fancy dinner party. Not claustrophobic at all. Just make sure that you have a reservation.

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  • February 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm
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    It was like a dream. I hope to go back because I am already forgetting the deliciousness of that evening.

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    • February 25, 2017 at 12:12 am
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      Yes, I would love to have that meal again.

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    • February 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm
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      I love food that looks as good as it tastes. But if I have to choose, I’m going with taste, LOL.

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  • February 28, 2017 at 3:58 am
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    All the food looked amazing, but I’m such a picky eater!!!! 🙁 I need to have courage in my palate to be more adventurous when it comes to food. Great post!

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    • February 28, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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      Mo, we are doing an exotic food tour while in Hanoi, not going to lie, I’m a little nervous but I do love trying foods that are specialties of wherever I am. Some I like, some I don’t. The tripe sandwich in Florence, I didn’t like, LOL.

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  • February 28, 2017 at 8:12 am
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    This looks fantastic! I love little places like this. If I ever make it to Rome, Il Nido del Pettirosso is the first place I’m eating.

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    • February 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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      Yay, I hope that you love it as much as we did John.

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  • February 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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    I love food, I work in the hotel trade and even I have to say they are some f the best dishes I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing.

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    • February 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm
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      Thank you for stopping by Kevin. Sometimes I wish I didn’t love food so much, LOL.

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  • March 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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    OMG! That desert is mouth watering!!! I’d love that risotto too! Sadly looking at the menu I don’t find much options for veggies like me! 🙁

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    • March 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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      Actually, one of my friends is a vegetarian and she loved the food. Ordered 2 of the quinoa (since she shared the first bowl) and the gnocchi. She was a happy camper.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 11:02 am
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      We were thoroughly impressed by the whole experience, the owner was a wonderful host and checked on us often but not so much that it felt intrusive. Definitely had a dinner party feel to it.

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  • March 4, 2017 at 2:11 am
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    I love love love Italian food! And the Nido seems to put a brilliant fusion twist on it. I can’t wait to try.

    Happy continued travels!
    C

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    • March 4, 2017 at 9:54 am
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      I hope that you make it there Carola, was a truly fabulous meal.

      Happy travels to you as well. 🙂

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  • March 4, 2017 at 3:58 am
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    It seems you had a true celebration, not an ordinary dining! And as I can see in your photos, you had a great company as well!

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    • March 4, 2017 at 9:55 am
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      As fabulous as the meal was, the company was definitely better. Love spending time with my girlfriends!

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  • March 5, 2017 at 2:59 am
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    This is so great I love going out with family to eat and also with friends, being able to enjoy good food and company is great for the soul.

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    • March 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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      It really is Sheri. <3

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