As much as I enjoyed Angelina Restaurant, Il 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you ever get to Rome, I highly recommend this tiny restaurant. Make a reservation and bring an empty stomach.