On the High Altar of Italian Cuisine

by Danilo Brunetti

Indulge in the flavors of truly fresh and seasonal cuisine at an exciting new Trastevere eatery

Located in the heart of Trastevere neighborhood, in a picturesque corner of the old city, Cecilia Santa Cucina (literally “holy kitchen”) is a brand-new restaurant interpreting a line of cuisine closely linked to the seasonality of the ingredients. The dishes on the menu reflect the enthusiasm and fresh imagination of the young chefs who propose a modern reinterpretation of traditional Mediterranean and Roman dishes. The spirit of research is evident in the meticulous choice of raw ingredients, selected according to high quality and market availability, and in the preparation of innovative and enjoyable dishes.

Just a few of the delicious examples from the tempting menu include: among the appetizers, cod profiteroles and smoked lamb caprese are unmissable; as for primi piatti, try the scallop “spaghetti” in a porcini mushroom and parmesan broth; or ravioli stuffed with pork and served with turnip greens and n’duja (spicy salami from Southern Italy). For a heartier second course, indulge your palate with roasted suckling pig cooked in beer with borage; spicy braised beef; or breaded rayfish cutlets with broccoli and pecorino cheese. To conclude your meal on a sweet note, opt for chestnut ice cream with melted chocolate; a chocolate cigar with rum ice-cream; or a cream tart with wild berries. The wine list is designed to offer a wide choice of natural labels where the land is fully respected.

The decor is reminiscent of an old tavern with marble tables and chairs dating back to the 1920s, sourced from French and Austrian bistros. The beautiful open kitchen allows you to admire the chefs at work on the meticulous preparation of the dishes. In fact, at Cecilia’s, nothing is left to chance, not only the quality of food, but also the warm hospitality and the attention to detail, making each customer feel right at home.

Via dei Vascellari, 48. Tel 0639739161. ceciliasantacucina.com