Osteria delle Commari

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NB:  I received an email from a reader who told me that the restaurant had recently moved! They are now located at Via Santamaura, 23, 00192 in Rome, Italy (still in the Prati District of Rome).

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of dining at an osteria in Rome’s Prati district.  Prati isn’t an area of Rome where I spend a lot of time, but there are a few restaurants there that I enjoy.  My friend suggested this osteria, Osteria delle Commari, since he had dined there in the past to great acclaim (he is always raving about it!), and he surprised me by taking me there this week.

The restaurant isn’t your typical Roman establishment that is crammed with as many tables as possible. The space is well utilized, and I really like this.  Also, even when the place is crowded, it is not so loud inside that you cannot hear yourself think.  I really like the ambiance and the decor.  They go a long way to making the meal more pleasurable.  The staff go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and welcome, and I really appreciated this.

The food… I am not sure that I can find the words to describe how delicious the meal was. The hostess of the restaurant is also a sommelier, and she knew just which wines to pair with the various dishes and appetizers that we ordered.  We began the meal with a glass of prosecco and then this wine:

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This amazing white wine went wonderfully with the sampling of dishes we had — my favorite being the cacio e pepe (a traditional Roman dish)!  We enjoyed also some supplì, fried balls of rice that are combined with various ingredients and another Roman tradition and an eggplant appetizer that featured layers of eggplant, provola and tomatoes.  We ended the meal with dessert.  Below you can see the crema pasticcera with fragoline that we enjoyed:

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The restaurant is just a stone’s throw from the Vatican Museums and can be found at Via Santamaura, 23, 00192 Roma.  You can find out more about the restaurant from their web site: http://www.osteriadellecommari.it/dove_siamo/