by Danilo Brunetti

“Understand the desires of the customer and transform them into dishes.” With these words, Valerio Santucci opened seafood restaurant Santucci to exalt the flavors and aromas of Mediterranean cuisine. Valerio comes from a historic family of Roman restaurateurs, beginning with his grandfather Italo, who founded Il Caminetto on Viale Parioli. Santucci’s rich menu is in constant evolution, featuring dishes that vary depending on availability. Menu highlights include seared calamari with chicory greens in an anchovy sauce; shrimp panzanella; tagliolini with blue lobster, Gragnano paccheri pasta with chopped white fish, cherry tomatoes, and taggiasche olives; turbot casserole with pachino tomatoes, zucchini flowers, and bottarga; ombrine fish morsels in a potato crust with crispy artichokes and mint; catch of the day; and more. To satisfy all tastes, Santucci also offers high-quality cuts of meat from the Feroci butcher shop, and vegetarians will be spoiled for choice with a wide array of fresh produce, including artichokes, porcini mushrooms, truffles, and much more. For dessert, try the millefeuille with custard cream or zabaione with berries.

Viale Bruno Buozzi, 33. Tel 068070267.