One of the oldest restaurants in Rome - with no large sign at the door or unnecessary pomp - is located at a small crossroads that you could easily pass and overlook. Try not to walk past this establishment, as it would be a mistake if you did. The interior of La Campana is also understated, with framed photographs adorning sand-coloured walls. However, the particular ambience formed by time, traditions and the restaurant's patrons is unforgettable. Here one may see people of all backgrounds, including film stars, politicians, families with children and senior citizens.
Naturally, the main reason for visiting La Campana is its extensive (and handwritten) menu, which changes every day. The restaurant offers practically everything, including local delicacies such as artichokes and a marvellous puntarelle or chicory salad. When served with anchovies and an olive oil-lemon dressing to reduce its bitter taste, the puntarelle is crunchy, juicy and extremely healthy. The meat dishes, such as trippa alla romana and ossobuco are definitely worth a try, as is the selection of fish and seafood, which features fish tartare, octopus and fried squid. The variety of pasta and rice is also commendable, including cuttlefish-dyed spaghetti and risotto. Everything here is prepared by traditional methods, resulting in simple, hearty and tasty food - just like home-cooking.
Vicolo della Campana, 18
T.: 06 6875273
Keywords: restaurant, Rome