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Trastevere: Bir & FudVia Benedetta 23 , Phone: 06-5894016
Reviewed by: Shannon from CA, review #3637
Craft beer and creative food in a fun setting.
Had dinner here in September, 2010 with the beer blogger Andrea Turco. This was my first night of a six-week trip, and I was a bit jet-lagged so my recollections are not super sharp and my notes a bit haphazard.
I was really impressed with the creativity of the kitchen. We started with a trio of "suppli" - fried rice balls. One was stuffed with eggplant and served with a smoky sauce, and one that was "carbonara" - I think with pancetta in it, and served with an egg sauce. The carbonara was particularly delicious.
Then came my favorite dish of the evening, and I think one of the best things I have ever eaten in Rome, even though it is not an Italian dish but a fusion one. It was baccala (salt cod,) served with a finely chopped mixture of onion, tomato, mango and chili peppers, in layers. It was refreshing yet spicy, and very memorable - I can still remember the taste of it today, despite my jet lagged state, and that is saying something. I believe this was a special, so it may not always be on the menu.
We also had a pizza topped with bufala mozzarella. It doesn't stand out in my mind as much as the cod dish or the carbonara suppli, but that could be because I was already full, also kind of tired.
They only serve Italian craft beer at Bir & Fud and they have many beers by the bottle and on tap. I had a Birra del Borgo "Reale" with my meal. I was way too full for dessert but the server insisted on bringing some gelato from a place called Vice. He said it was peanut ice cream. It was FANTASTIC. I wanted to make it to this gelateria but I did not on this trip. It looks awesome: http://www.vice-roma.com/
Bir & Fud is a popular place so it is probably best to make reservations. If you haven't had enough beer, the craft beer bar Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa is right across the street. Both places are a must for beer lovers visiting Rome, as is Open Baladin on the other side of the river.
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