One of my favourite aspects of booking our trip to Rome was finding the best, most traditional places to eat. Luckily my sister has a few Roman friends and the first place we visited on our trip, was a recommended snack pre-dinner; Dar Filettaro (named Filetti di Baccali on the exterior).
Dar Filettrao is conveniently located and just a two-minute walk from the main piazza of Rome; Campo di Fiori. If you’re wandering in the area around lunch however, you’ll find the place closed, the eatery is only open from 5.30pm onwards on most days of the week.
The restaurant itself is cosy and extremely Italian with lovely paintings on the wall and made to feel like you’re part of the family.
Since it was hot and we had time to spare, we decided to use the time to have a few glasses of wine and also try the other items on the menu.
Unfortunately, one of the traditional dishes in Rome is puntarelle but in July this is out of season. Instead we opted for a slightly different salad with anchovies and garlic. The lovely pungent anchovies were the highlight but I did wish they were more evenly spread throughout.
Not a Roman dish, but a popular one across Italy is fried courgette. With a light golden crispy batter, this was actually a lot more tasty than it looked. I was expecting the courgette to be a little watery but instead it had a nice crunch with no liquidy mess.
Now for those who have done their research on traditional Roman dishes, you’ll know that baccala is infamous. The fried fish snack is not too dissimilar from the British fried fish found on every corner of an English seaside and it’s also eaten in the same manner, wrapped in newspaper (unless you’re eating-in). Now believe me when I say that this is good. The cod had a beautiful soft flake without being overcooked and I have no idea what they put in the batter, but it’s addictive.
Dar Filettaro is a one-of-a-kind in Rome. Forget dining-in and order a baccala wrapped in paper whilst wandering around the beautiful streets. There is no other way to feel more like a local.
– Dar Filettaro, Rome