Classic Roman Dining at Checchino dal 1887 in Testaccio

Rome Checchino

Checchino’s wood paneled dining room feels frozen in time.

Rome Checchino

And let’s not forget that I am a sucker for crisp linens and retro swiveling barstools studded with copper nails.

Traditional Restaurant in Rome - Checchino

White jacketed waiters go through an elaborate show of wheeling around a small table and pouring wine through a series of unneeded but atmosphere-enhancing steps.

With the wine poured, we started with a tortino alla birra.

Rome Checchino antipasto

A classic restaurant calls for classic Roman dishes.

Carbonara for him:

Carbonara in Rome

Amatriciana for me:

Roman amatriciana

(The amatriciana was a clear winner).

Located across the street from the old slaughterhouse, Checchino specializes in even more traditional Roman dishes based around offal.  They even have an offal tasting menu, if you are up for it. The menu degustazione storico includes trotter salad, pasta with lamb intestines (pajata), and oxtail.

The 19th century restaurant is about as pricey as you are going to get in Testaccio. For us, Checchino is the occasional treat when we want to step back in time.

Checchino dal 1887
Via di Monte Testaccio, 30,
00153 Roma, Italy (Testaccio)
+39 06 574 3816

Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm; and 8:00 pm – 12:00 am. Lunch only on Sundays.

Closed Mondays

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