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Frascati: Ristorante Cacciani

Via A. Diaz 13/15 , Phone: 06.94.20.378

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Kim (moderator) from NJ, review #1441

When: 2005

Another Buon Ricordo establishment with good, not fantastic food but a killer view to enjoy while you dine.

Again, another "Buon Ricordo" ristorante and another huge establishment, though we get to see this one at dinnertime and it does have a decent crowd. We sat outside with a lovely view of the city that Chris enjoyed but my back was to it. Now, somehow between ordering and our first course, we get into our one and only fight on our trip, which probably taints my view of this restaurant. (I just want to say that up front, so you can take anything negative I say with a grain of salt.)

I start with an order of cacè e pepe; it’s okay but cheesier than I expect or am used to; perhaps I’ve been making it wrong. I find it’s so rich that if I eat this huge portion, I probably won’t have room for dinner. Chris orders amatriciana, which he says is “okay” but not as good as others he’s had. I like it, though. For our secondi, I get the Buon Ricordo dish, Chicken Romana, but later wish I had passed and gotten the piseli, fava and artichoke dish I see being brought to another table. Chris gets the polpettone, which is good but later he too wishes he’d ordered the fried octopus, which looks more like cuttlefish and zucchini flowers.

With dinner we enjoyed a Chiarlo 2002 Docetta D’alba, surprisingly good considering the bad things we heard about 2002. It’s light, a nice compromise between the white I craved and the medium-body red Chris wanted.

By dessert, whatever stupid thing we fought about earlier has been resolved. We want to share something; neither of us feels capable of finishing an entire dessert alone, besides, if you share a dessert, it has no calories. First we order a chocolate torte and some moscato but our server explains that a vin santo will go better with the rich chocolate than the moscato so we bow to his judgment and go with the vin santo. Then he returns to tell us, unfortunately, they have run out of the torte, so now we can’t decide between a crème brulee and a pastry of some sort filled with zabaglione. The waiter offers to make us a tasting plate, with a bit of each and also recommends that we change our order back to the moscato. We do and he brings out a lovely dessert for us. The brulee is more like a crème caramel, which I like better than Chris does but they’re both good.

It takes a bit of time to get our check because it seems only one young lady is responsible for tallying up all the bills and the two larger parties sitting to either side of us got their requests in first. Finally, it arrives, lacking the ten percent discount for being hotel guests but they quickly remedy that and 96€ later, we’re off.

Both of us agree, we'd give this restaurant one star, if you're in the area, it's a possibility.

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