Farm to table
Though the hearty dishes at this Testaccio ristorante don’t capitalize on the recent “farm to table” trend, there’s still a strong tie to the land evident in the menu’s presentation. Velavevodetto proudly notes that many of its ingredients come from a dedicated garden near Rome, and the house wine is even produced at a private vineyard.
This close relationship to the ingredients comes from an old-fashioned philosophy of food, true to the neighborhood’s historic roots. Scholars debate the role Testaccio played in ancient times, but this area was very much a part of the Eternal City in its youth. In the Middle Ages, this was the site of carnival games, a spirit closely held today as the neighborhood is home to some of Rome’s most vibrant nightlife.
Classic dishes a la carte
The menu covers the greatest hits of Roman cuisine. Starters include parma ham, eggplant caponata, and special Roman-style artichokes. There is a very wide range of pasta dishes including the Roman classics cacio e pepe, pasta alla gricia, and pasta carbonara. For more adventurous eaters, there is also a strong selection of offal dishes, like Roman style tripe and tongue in green sauce.