I have always noticed Osteria der Belli because it is located right on the corner near Santa Maria Trastevere. It is a corner I’ve passed countless times, either heading straight towards the piazza or hanging a right down Via del Moro, towards La Renella and Ponte Sisto.
You will also probably find yourself stopping to admire Osteria der Belli’s typography and outdoor seating, but somehow I was still never willing to risk taking a seat myself given the restaurant’s proximity to major tourist stops.
However, Maria of Heart Rome knows better and has long been a regular. We recently met there for lunch with some other lovely Rome bloggers to chat about her newly published I Heart Rome the book. (More about the book here).
Starting with sea bass carpaccio, I realized that I had been wrong to pass on the local Trastevere restaurant for so long.
A family-run business, Osteria der Belli is actually a Sardinian restaurant in this old Roman neighborhood. That being said, it’s a place to go for regional specialties rather than necessarily being a first stop for Roman classics.
Think fresh fish and local pasta dishes – one of which I couldn’t resist. When I heard that the owner’s sister has her own pasta shop up the street and provides fresh fettuccine daily, I went straight for the fettuccine alla sarda – pasta with a decadent creamy mushroom sauce. (Though the Sardinian ravioli was also tempting so I’ll need to go back to try it soon).
Most main courses are seafood based, so I stole a bite of Elyssa’s daily special to sample.
Don’t forget to end on a sweet note – be that with homemade tiramisu, or a bowl full of tiny wild strawberries sprinkled with sugar.
There is nothing quite like sitting in the Trastevere sun over a good meal, and I’m so happy to finally know about Osteria der Belli!
Osteria der Belli
Piazza di Sant’Apollonia, 11
00153 Rome (Trastevere)
+39 06 580 3782
Open Tuesday – Sunday from 12 – 3 pm and 7 – 11 pm.