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!
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.
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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.