by Danilo Brunetti

Home away from Home

Just a quick walk from the Vatican you’ll find Cresci, a brand-new restaurant that has fashioned itself at once a contemporary hostaria, cocktail bar, and bakery with an open laboratory. Chef Danilo Frisone puts aside the technicalities (in his words) to embrace a traditional cuisine based on the authenticity and immediacy of fresh local flavors. The menu changes with the seasons, and also offers the possibility to sample several dishes in mini-portions. Start your meal with fried primo sale cheese with anchovy sauce or fish fritters with zucchini flowers; follow with a tasty first course such as maccheroncini all’amatriciana; fettuccine with red prawns and cardoncelli mushrooms; or ravioli di misticanza. Second courses include eggplant parmesan; Messina-style rib steak; and grilled calamari with herb crust. For a gluttonish finish, try diplomatico, a custardlled sponge cake, and or the pistachio parfait with cocoa bean sauce and salted caramel. Pizzas are served in square pans with inventive toppings like puttanesca with tuna from Favignana or arrabbiata with Piennolo tomatoes and Cantabrian anchovies. The ambience and service recreate the familiarity and relaxation of your own home.
> Via A. De Gasperi, 11/17. Tel 0651842694.