We had such a great meal at the Rick Steves-recommended Ristorante Enoteca Corsi that on our third night in Rome we decided to check out another one of Steves’ suggestions, Ristorante Pizzeria Sacro e Profano, just a few steps from the Trevi Fountain. The restaurant is a bit off the beaten path, which is perfect as we were really trying to avoid the tourist traps. Housed in a former church, Sacro e Profano has a small outdoor patio and is quite spacious inside. As you enter the restaurant, you come face-to-face with the woodfire oven where the pizza magic takes place. We were led to a table upstairs opposite the church organ. We instantly fell in love with the beautifully quaint atmosphere.
|The fresco and the organ can still be seen inside the restaurant.|
Based on Rick Steves’ recommendation, we ordered the “Tipical (sic) Antipasto of the House,” with crepes with sausage, swordfish rolled, parmesan of eggplant, Italian sausage, baby sardines, pepperoni and potatoes (15 Euros).
R.’s mom ordered some Zucchini and Eggplant Rolls, while I got the Risotto with Cream of Zucchini, Mussels, and Dry Eggs of Tuna Fish.
|Rolled Eggplant and Zuchini|
Not only does Sacro e Profano have an awesome atmosphere, the food also proved to be just exquisite. I particularly liked the eggplant and couldn’t get enough of it, which is quite something because growing up I always hated eggplant, but it turns out the Italians really know how to cook it right! My risotto was also amazing. To top it off, the service was wonderful, which is something we appreciated after a few negative experiences. All in all, this was a meal to remember. Along with Enoteca Corsi, all three of us agreed that this ranked as one of our Top 3 Meals in Italy!
Ristorante Pizzeria Sacro e Profano
Via del Maroniti, 29, 00187, Rome, Italy
Phone: 066 791836
On the web: http://www.ristorantesacroeprofano.it/index-english.html
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