Oste Matto

by Danilo Brunetti

A Real Osteria

With terracotta floor tiles, cream-colored credenzas, Roman memorabilia, and checkered table- cloths, this restaurant immerses its customers in a welcoming and authentic atmosphere as soon as they set foot inside. Oste Matto is one of the few genuine osterias remaining in Rome today, a place where diners can indulge in the classic dishes that transport them back in time via their tastebuds. The owner Massimo (who also helms the famous Oste della Bon’Ora in Grottaferrata) is just as much of a draw as the food itself, using his vast gastronomic experience to exalt the already delicious local traditions and recipes. The focused menu tempts with specialties like cream of chickpeas with rosemary croutons; tender veal tip; tonnarelli with butter and anchovies; rigatoni with pajata (suckling veal intestines); fettuccine with mushrooms, sausage, and pecorino cheese; lamb alla cacciatora; chicken alla romana; saltimbocca, and tripe. These classic Roman dishes are perfectly paired with local, well priced whites and reds. From the dessert list, don’t miss the apple cake, tiramisù, or ciambelline cookies with wine from the Castelli region.

> Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 140a. Tel 0687656724.