After munching on great food at Aroma and then Giolitti, we decided to have a late meal. Now in comparison to the UK, eating dinner around 7pm is pretty normal but the Italians tend to eat much later, usually around 9pm. Jumping on the bandwagon, we waited till later and since we’d had a day of stuffing our faces it made complete sense to wait till we were hungry.
We wanted to venture further from the central part of Rome and we were told that we just had to visit the Trastevere region which is a medieval area filled with a more lively, younger crowd. Of course we also had another motive which was to visit Da Fabrizio, a personal recommendation from my sister’s Roman friend who visits regularly when he’s in town.
Da Fabrizio encompasses the best of the Italian lifestyle and is filled with warmth and once you’re there, you never want to leave. The menu is also simple and filled with Roman classics.
After ordering our food, an Italian singer walked in with her guitarist and starting singing some beautifully chirpy songs and lit up the entire restaurant. It was incredibly romantic and fuelled my love for the city.
If I had any tips for anyone visiting Rome it would be stick to the house wine. We tended to drink white wine during the day and red wine in the evening and Da Fabrizio’s house red was sensational.
Deep fried courgette flowers were the first thing we drawn to (if you haven’t noticed there was a recurring theme); beautifully battered, non-greasy and a light enough snack to prepare for our pasta dishes.
My sister and I chose similar dishes just with a different sauce. Amatriciana is tomato based, containing guanciale (a common Italian bacon much more smoky than pancetta) & pecorino cheese. Originating from the town of Amatrice, it’s one of the most popular used sauces in Rome and one we just had to try.
Da Fabrizio’s version was nothing short of incredible. The more local specialities we tried, the more we realised how good Italian food truly is. There’s nothing that can beat a simple dish cooked perfectly.
Spaghetti Carbonara was my choice but instead of tomato, egg yolk and black pepper are added alongside the guanciale and pecorino cheese. The pasta didn’t disappoint with silky spaghetti generously scattered with guanciale, everything about the carbonara was astounding and each morsel was eaten with deep regard for Italian cooking.
After swapping half-way through we asked each other which dish preferred, two minutes rolled by whilst we sat and pondered. Although in theory the dishes are quite similar, a choice just can’t be made and I could have easily eaten both. Next time I’ll bring a larger group just so I can try more.
We rounded off our meal with some cool gelato mixed with strawberries. It wasn’t the best we had but it was a nice end to the meal.
Da Fabrizio was a charming, quaint eaterie that somehow manages to do amazing things to the palate. The evening as a whole was nothing short of perfect and if that wasn’t enough to convince you to visit Rome then I’m not sure what will.
– Da Fabrizio, Rome