Casa Bleve was a late recommendation from a Roman friend. We were initially planning on visiting the Colosseum at night but alas, we’d missed out by one ticket.
With a change of plan, we questioned whether to re-visit Da Fabrizio, but in a great city why visit the same restaurant twice?
The interior of Casa Bleve is astounding; high stone arches looming over the restaurant and dark wooden furnishings yet still manages to feel homely and inviting.
For starters we shared a selection of cured meats which were as wonderful as to be expected in Italy.
Beautifully cooked lamb with mustard and seasonal vegetables was a simple yet elegant dish with no complaints from anyone at the table.
After missing out on pasta at our lunch at Pagnanelli, I ordered tonnarelli with courgette pesto and prawns.
I’m already a huge lover of the crustacean, but these were the most succulent and juiciest I’ve ever come across. With each bite it’s easy to note the love and preparation that had gone into the dish and one that has been perfected over many decades.
A wonderfully home cooked lemon custard from Signora Tina even though now an elderly woman, still hand-makes all the desserts to this day. We were so blown over by the simplicity yet powerful citrus burst we gave a her a huge hug and essentially that is what this dish is; a warm cosy hug that you never want to give up.
Recommended by Anacleto (the male owner of the restaurant) was spumone with milk cream and pistachio. I’d never heard of the dish but essentially its layered gelato in its purest form; only sweetened cream with no flavourings or egg yolk. Deliciously creamy was an understatement.
From the moment we set foot into Casa Bleve, we were at home dining with Anacleto and Tina Bleve with more laughter and joy I’ve ever encountered at a restaurant. With a language barrier between us, we still managed to hold conversation with hand gestures and bits of Italian we had picked up along the way but even more enchanting, was the love radiating between them and it showcased in the food.
With great hospitality we were bowled over by the generosity of the couple with free wine, limoncello and even roses at the end of our meal. Not to mention an open invitation to join a family gathering happening in the wine cellar below.
Even if I hadn’t experienced many other great memories in Rome, Casa Bleve itself would be enough to draw me back. There are very few moments in life where you feel entirely grateful for your existence and when you look back, you wonder whether you made the whole thing up. Casa Bleve was one of those nights & one I’m entirely grateful for.
It’s worth noting that although I’m a blogger, the family had no idea. The kindness was just an indication as to how wonderful these people genuinely are.
– Casa Bleve, Rome