Nestled betwen the Colosseum and San Giovanni in Laterano in the heart of historic Rome is the wonderful Hostaria Isidoro. After a morning of scaling the Santa Scala on your knees and visiting San Giovanni in Laterano, San Clemente and Santo Stefano Rotondo, you need sustenance to steel yourself for the upcoming trip to the Colosseum. By the way, all three churches are completely amazing and need to be visited.
The staff is wonderful and friendly. The decor cozy. The menu outstanding. The worst part of this restaurant is trying to narrow down what to eat – everything looks and sounds amazing. They do have a pasta tasting on the menu. You can choose to taste 3, 4 or 5 pasta dishes – the downside? You cannot choose the pasta dishes. You can let them know if you are allergic to something or do not care for a particular ingredient, but it’s chef’s choice. A group at a table nearby ordered this special and they had red sauce, red sauce and squid ink sauce. We decided to go a la carte.
As an appetizer, Fork and Spoon chose a simple Garden Salad. Beautiful greens top with shaved carrots, tomatoes, olives, corn and walnuts. Cruets of wonderful olive oil and balsamic vinegar were on the table. And bread, let’s not forget the bread. The bread was wonderful. Warm, fresh, rustic, perfect.
As Spoon did with almost every meal in Rome involving pasta, Amatriciana was a necessity and was ordered as one of our mains. An Amatriciana overload was called for on this trip. Fresh tomato sauce, perfectly cooked pasta, nice hint of heat. Really, really good.
Our second asta dish was Pasta with Artichokes. Tagliatelle with artichoke hearts in a wonderful thick cream sauce. Again, everything super fresh, seasonal, and delicious.
There wasn’t much of a choice for dessert. Spoon adores Tiramisu, Fork not so much. We knew we could only manage one dessert. Tiramisu it was. It wa an amazing choice. Like no tiramisu Fork has had outside someone’s home. It was creamy, yet not gloppy. the strawberries added a nice texture and flavor. THe espresso soaked savoiardi were not mushy. It was a perfect ending to a perfect lunch!
Another great suggestion, Dad!
Hostaria Isidoro ~ via S. Giovanni in Laterano, 59/a ~ Rome, Italy