Il Bocconcino

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With its red-check tablecloths and brick vaulted ceilings, this trattoria within a slingshot's range of the Colosseum looks like it's been around for generations, but in fact it only opened in 2005. The welcome is ultra-friendly, the menu - assembled by a chef who used to be a pharmacist - mixes Roman classics like tonnarelli cacio e pepe or abbacchio brodettato (braised lamb) with more adventurous, Slow-Food-style dishes like fusilli with fresh tuna, Tropea onions and capers stewed in wine. On Tuesdays and Fridays, 'poor' fish like anchovies and mackerel take a starring role. The wine list is limited but honestly priced, while the desserts (including ciambella biscuits for dipping in Olevano dessert wine) are of the comforting home-made variety. The only downside is the fact that the service, though affable, can be excruciatingly slow.

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Il Bocconcino details

Via Ostilia 23

Area Rome

Transport Bus 60Exp, 75, 85, 87, 117, 571, 810, 850/tram 3 .

Telephone 06 7707 9175

Meals served 12.30-3.30pm, 7.30-11.30pm Mon, Tue, Thur-Sun. Closed 3wks Aug.

Average €28.

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