Dining with Flair

by Danilo Brunetti

If you’re looking for fresh ingredients and authentic local flavors in an evocative location, Federico Schiaffino has the place for you.

Via dei Coronari, a street famous for its antique shops, loans one of its most picturesque corners to Le Streghe, a cozy restaurant located in a 17th century palazzo just a few steps from Castel Sant’Angelo. This fascinating setting amidst the narrow alleys of Rome’s historic center creates a true tableau vivant, preparing the palate for Roman and Mediterranean dishes interpreted with an innovative flair. 

The restaurant distinguishes itself by its ability to constantly reinvent its culinary line, offering guests original, new, and enticing flavor combinations. The secret of this ever-changing and always delectable philosophy is the selection of fresh, in-season ingredients enhanced by a touch of exquisite creativity that is present in every recipe.

Host Manuela, flanked by her partner Arnaldo, proposes classic Roman and regional Italian dishes that are light yet full of authentic flavors. Start your meal with the fried salt cod filet before moving on to a first course of tonnarelli cacio e pepe, mezze maniche all’amatriciana with guanciale from Norcia, spaghetti with clams, or tagliolini with bottarga (fish roe). Among the second courses, you can try a classic dish from the traditional Roman recipe book like saltimbocca alla romana or baked abbacchio (lamb) with potatoes or select an entrée based on the catch of the day, such as sea bass filet with capers from Pantelleria, olives from Gaeta, and cherry tomatoes; or the platter of mixed fried seafood.

To end your meal with something sweet, opt for one of the tempting homemade desserts like crème brulée or zabaglione parfait. The wine cellar is well stocked with regional Italian labels to pair with your meal. A small internal room is available for smokers, and outdoor tables on the welcoming patio invite guests to dine al fresco.

Vicolo del Curato, 13. Tel 066878182. Closed Sunday. osterialestreghe.it