Angelino ai Fori

by Danilo Brunetti

Feeling at home in the heart of Rome

Since 1947, when Angelino and Augusta opened their kind of Trattoria on a once very different Via dei Fori Imperiali, their restaurant has always stood as a favorite spot for locals and tourists from all over the world, to mingle and enjoy their time in a unique and charming setting, nestled in the comfort of the internal dining rooms and open air spaces, where one can soak up on the spectacular view of the Roman Forum, the Coliseum and the Altare della Patria, under an American ivy canopy.

The cuisine sticks to simple and top quality seasonal ingredients, expressing through time what Angelino feels is the idea of warmth and conviviality. All of these made and still is making Angelino ai Fori one of the best Roman tavern, where you can taste the true Roman traditional cuisine. Seventy years have passed since their opening and passion has steadily grown along with their family, team, suppliers, friends and now they’re proudly in our third generation of restaurant hosts. All these ingredients combine to shape today’s Angelino. For more than 70 years, everyone is welcome to find his place inside, come and eat in the Ancient Center of Rome. Take a seat at Angelino’s tables and enjoy your meal.

The menu you’re looking at today is the same people looked at 70 years ago. No, they’re re not lazy, actually, they strenuously defend traditions. Those that make Roman and Italian cooking a cornerstone of history and way of life. What they do innovate is the way their dishes taste. But how can they innovate a Carbonara, Matriciana or one of Rome’s meat dishes? Well, they started refining their recipes right from the start, when Grandma Augusta, later followed by the caring hands of Mister Franco, crafted them by following a thin red line between excellent products and an impeccable execution. This is the very essence of what a restaurant is about, the roots of its culinary heritage. Seventy years of recipes, friends and clients whom they treasure as their “experts”. Come and taste all the typical dishes of the Roman cuisine, whether they are starters, main courses or second courses based on meat or seafood. Come and enjoy Gricia, Matriciana, Cacio e Pepe pasta or – as someone says – the best Carbonara in Rome.

The bar is an Italian icon and a cup of coffee is Italy’s trademark ritualSince 50 years Angelino offers, in the center of Rome, its very special take on what a Bar and a Cafè are supposed to be. Simply putting the best brews, quality Italian pastries and a nice selection of light snacks, always accompanied by the charming smile of their baristas. In a cozy and familiar setting, a foot away from the Roman Forum,the Coliseum andPiazza Venezia, they are quick to provide you with homemade sweet and savory delicacies, to dine in or to take away.

Carapina is a word you can’t translate in English. It’s a hollow container for ice cream, so reminiscent of the old days, when the ice cream man would lift the lid and take a hefty scoop of that mysterious iced goodness. Today the times have changed and Angelino’s gelato is there for all to see, but the original recipe is still the one Grandpa Angelino thought up decades ago and perfected in time by Mister Franco. Everybody can now enjoy some proper homemade ice cream strolling along the Roman Forum, prepared following the seasons, on a cone with your choice of crispy and fragrant wafers. Happiness isn’t something you can buy, but buying yourself Angelino’s homemade gelato will get you close enough. – Open daily: 9:00am – 11:00pm

Largo Corrado Ricci, 40 – Via dei Fori Imperiali, 25 Roma – Tel. +39 06.6791121