Here’s what it is like in real life: I stayed at the office until 7 pm, and then had to deal with the unpredictable commute home, at which point I was so tired that I re-heated arrabbiata that I had in the fridge, and sat down in front of my computer once more.
But that is just one day. A Tuesday, no less. One of the less consequential days.
Because this is also real life:
- Last night I made cookies made of cookies. Cookie butter cookies ftw.
- I live right up the street from Flavio al Velavevodetto.
- Sometimes people I know and like make reservations there, and all I have to do is show up and eat well in good company.
- Items 1 and 2-3 are not directly related but I was excited on all points.
Let me give you a minute to practice that mouth full: Flavio al Velavevodetto. Pronouncing it is the first step. Getting reservations is the important (but not difficult) second step. Getting your order in around bouts of Roman-style service is the third (and slightly more difficult) step.
But it is fine. You will get the food.
I mean, my side dishes usually arrive after my main course, but they ARRIVE.
And you can always take the time to enjoy the setting and admire the amphorae behind the glass. The restaurant is built against the side of Monte Testaccio, an ancient Roman dumping ground for ceramic storage containers.
You can also kill some time picking out your wine from the cantina. There is no option to order wine off a menu, so you should do a walk-thru to check the selection and the prices.
Plus, it is a good excuse to load up on starters, like the fantastic artichoke- carciofi alla giudia.
Flavio al Velavevodetto offers a great selection of Roman classics. We usually stick to pastas, but there are nervetti and coratella a-plenty! If you want to try offal, this is the place.
There is no such thing as a light meal at Flavio al Velavevodetto, so go when you mean it. Really commit and embrace the food, service and setting, wrapped up into one very Roman experience.
The ravioli, carbonara, cacio e pepe and amatriciana, are all recommended.
Flavio al Velavevodetto
Via di Monte Testaccio, 97,
00153 Roma, Italy
+39 06 574 4194
Open for lunch and dinner everyday. Reservations recommended.