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Frascati: Il Pinocchio

Piazza del Mercato, 20 , Phone: 06 9416694

Reviewed by: Wendy and Rob from CA, review #2009

When: 2005

Il Pinocchio, a name that makes me smile and a restaurant worth that smile.

In Frascati up behind the main Cathedral and Piazza is this wonderful restaurant, where there is seating for 54 in the main front room and 48 or so upstairs.

They serve pizzas on thin crusts and pizzas rolled like a burrito which they call ‘Pinocchietti’ but was described to us as Pinocchio’s nose. Three euro each, they come filled with either proscuitto and mozzarella, zucchini blossoms and anchovies, radicchio and mild gorgonzola with walnuts, smoked salmon, salami or an eggplant filling.

We shared an order of Crostini Pomodori Pachino, which was crostini with tomatoes covered with cheese and then oven fired. Wonderful flavors with each bite. 4 euro.

We also shared an order of Rigatoni Carciofi e Salsicce. A large rigatoni pasta mixed with artichokes and sausage out of its casing. Marvelous tastes with this and the portion was generous. 8.50 Euro.

Rob ordered for his secondi Carne di Manzo all ‘Pinocchio’ all’ Aceto Balsamico- small chunks of grilled beef with cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Each bite had a lovely explosive taste with the tomatoes being sweet and delightful and the balsamic accenting the meat and tomatoes. A definite dish to repeat on our next visit. 10 Euro.

I ordered Tagliata di Manzo, this was H U G E ! ! ! Probably a 14-16 oz steak cooked to order, sliced with a mixed green salad on one side and French fries on the other side served on an enormous wooden plank. 15Euro. If you go share this! I didn’t eat half of the meat and potatoes. They also have this for 20Euro which includes grilled veggies, eggs, a larger steak and more.

We finished with espresso and grappa.

All this plus a bottle of the house wine and water. Total bill- 56 Euro

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