Rome

Osteria Bonelli

Let the server order for you in this real deal working class Italian joint. Osteria Bonelli will fill you up on comforting classics.

Off the tourist trail

Even cabbies will have a tricky time finding this hidden gem in just-this-side-of-seedy Torpignattara. This working class neighborhood east of the city center is certainly off the beaten path, but that’s exactly how you know you’ll find good food at a reasonable price. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And more, importantly, eat as the Romans eat!

Expert staff

The paper tablecloths belie the high quality meals you’ll get at Osteria Bonelli. Order off the blackboard menu, or if you don’t speak Italian, let your server make recommendations. Founder Patrizio Bonelli was originally a produce vendor, so quality ingredients are well known in these parts. The expert staff are skilled at making recommendations and are sensitive to dietary restrictions like coeliac disease.

Come marche nonna

Even if you do trust your culinary fate to your server, you can be sure to get real Italian comfort food delivered to your table. Dishes include meatballs, pasta with clams, burrata, veal, and spinach and ricotta ravioli. Thanks to Bonelli’s background in produce, there are many veggie-based side dishes as well. All in all, it’s food like your Italian grandma would make.