La Carbonara: delight your palate with down to earth Roman Cuisine

la-carbonara-wall--Via-Panisperna-RomaFor foodies there is a lot to discover in Rome. As we like to mix the sophisticated on a budget with simple down to earth Roman restaurants, it should not be a secret that every once in a while we end or start our afternoon in Monti’s La Carbonara.

La Carbonara dal 1906 is a typical Roman Osteria, simply furnished with wooden chairs and tables, grafitti-covered walls and old style exposed brick vaulted ceilings. In general the staff is cheerful and attentive, but be aware, tourists don’t always get amazing treatment here. Depending on the time of the day, their mood or the busyness of the place some staff members can be a bit snooty from time to time. Don’t let that spoil your appetite, just ignore it and allow Teresa Rossi, the matriarch of this more than hundred-year-old osteria, to work her kitchen magic on you. I doubt you’ll be sorry. Signora Teresa takes on traditional Roman recipes to give La Carbonara’s down to earth Roman Cuisine her own interesting twist, without losing out on tradition.

If you are a lover of tripe, which I am not, you can try it on Saturday only, as Roman custom dictates. We started off with frittura “La Carbonara”; a generous portion of battered vegetables, including pumpkin, aubergine, and artichoke and a strozzapreti with artichoke, guanciale, and pecorino. For “Primi” -first dish- we ate bucatini all’amatriciana and spaghetti alla carbonara.

Contrary to what you might think, the name La Carbonara dal 1906 doesn’t come from the classic pasta dish made with egg and pancetta or bacon, but from its first female chef (in 1906), who was the wife of a coal miner, hence the name La Carbonara.

After the generous portions of fresh pasta, I thought I couldn’t eat another thing till my partner ordered a home made cake that really delighted my sweet palate. The espresso afterwards provided the finishing touch for our down to earth Roman lunch experience. La Carbonara is frequented by a mix of locals, including Roman musicians and actors, ex-pats and tourists.

In the weekends and on some evenings it can be very crowded, especially in the front room. Ask for the back room if you want a little more space. A note of warning: don’t confuse La Carbonara in Monti with the tourist trap “La Carbonara” in Campo dei Fiori!

La Carbonara
214, Via Panisperna
00184 Rome, Italy
Tel: 39 06 482-5176 Tel: 39 06 482 5176