Garbatella is a quarter of the commune of Rome, in the Ostiense district. Outside the main tourist route of the great monuments of the capital city, Garbatella remains visit-worthy for the beauty of its urban cityscape. The people of Rome have definitely been rediscovering the neighborhood and it shows in its cuisine. Check out these 10 dining-establishments to get a feel for this up-and-coming neighborhood.
Since 1987 Le Bistrot has been offering an alternative culinary experience, cooking up a variety of vegetarian dishes made with great attention to the use of raw materials. Le Bistrot provides Mediterranean-inspired recipes that are simple yet creative, like spinach croquettes with yogurt and mint sauce, almond and olive lasagne, potato and pistachio pie and plenty more. Many dishes are also vegan friendly, such as the pear, walnut and chocolate cake, while everything is served in a cozy and laid-back environment.
At Tanto pe’ magnà it is possible to rediscover the taste of home-made Roman cuisine. In particular, this tavern is well-known for its delicious coda alla vaccinara (oxtail), and also the orecchiette zucchine e vongole (pasta with zucchini and clams). The environment is very simple and the service extremely friendly. During the summer months, there is also the opportunity to dine al fresco.
Founded in 1996 by three brothers (the eponymous tre fratelli), this restaurant and pizzeria offers Italian and Middle Eastern specialties. It’s impossible not to taste the famous fish couscous, merguez, sausage lamb or the traditional kebab. At I tre fratelli you can also eat the traditional Roman pizza, cooked in a wood oven, and many Italian dishes too, combined with Arabic, Russian and Spanish cuisines. The restaurant covers an area of 500 square meters, surrounded by a large garden that can accommodate up to 150 guests.
La casa del Jazz is located inside the beautiful park of Villa Osio, in a building with a concert hall, library and video library. The black-and-white setting evokes a jazzy vibe from the get go. The environment is pleasant, especially in the summer, when guests can dine in the park. The kitchen offers a fresh Mediterranean line-up of grilled vegetables with Parmigiana eggplant and zucchini, as well as fish and meat, all enjoyed while listening to the background music.
La Maisonnette Ristrot is owned by siblings Alessandro and Susanna Sipione and Ion Popa. What makes this restaurant stand out are its chefs, schooled in the ways of real artisan cooking. This amazing team creates each dish with great imagination, offering a menu that changes depending on the raw materials in season, enriched with Mediterranean flavors. Also on the premises is a cellar laden with wines, as well as craft beers on tap and a small selection of liqueurs and fine spirits.
Situated in an historical spot of Garbatella, in front of the Palladium theater, Il Ristoro degli Angeli offers a menu of recipes taken right from the family cookbook, as well as suggestions from patrons, like the stewed potatoes cooked in the local Garbatella style. The kitchen makes a different soup every day, as well as vegetarian dishes, fresh fish like perch dressed with escarole, ravioli with cod, and fresh bread with cheese and pepper, while the restaurant is furnished with vintage tables used by famous guests during the La dolce vita period, such as Federico Fellini.
Opened in May 2009, the restaurant Osteria dei Pazzi was created with the idea of establishing a traditional Roman cuisine that would serve reinterpretations of the classics. Stone walls and hardwood finishes create a cozy atmosphere, while a large brazier, in plain sight, offers a view of the preparation of the grilled meats. It is this grilled meat that is the hub of this restaurant’s cuisine. The staff create artisan breads to go with it, along with breadsticks, pasta and desserts.
Restaurant, Pizzeria, Seafood, Fast Food, Dessert, $$$
L’Isola dei Sardi Due serves excellent seafood dishes, with the catch of the day being visible in a large refrigerator cabinet at the entrance of the restaurant. There is also a wide selection of cold seafood appetizers, carpaccio of sea bass, tuna and swordfish, as well as raw shrimp. A standout among the desserts are the traditional Sardinian seadas, while the wine cellar presents a great variety of vermentinowines of Sardinia. In the evening it is also possible to enjoy delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Since 2009 this sandwich shop has been offering a wide range of sophisticated products such as porchetta of Ariccia, buffalo mozzarella and Norcia salami. Aristocampo serves an impressive variety of 40 different types of sandwiches freshly prepared with bread, meat and vegetables. The menu also provides 18 kinds of salads or the classic ham and mozzarella, carpaccio and arugula. From Thursday and throughout the weekend there’s a wide selection of drinks, including craft beers such as Birra del Borgo and Sierra Nevada.
Opened in 1967, this Argentine and Danish restaurant is now run by three brothers. Albino‘s specialty is Argentine cuts, as well as Irish, Danish and Italian ones. The Roman cuisine is not absent; there is also a pizzeria with a wood-fired oven in the kitchen, while as many as 200 diners can sit and dine here at the same time.