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Navona: Osteria del Pegno

Vicolo di Montevecchio 8 , Phone: 06 68807025
Closing day: Wednesday

Reviewed by: Panda from UK, review #3736

When: 2011

Romantic setting and delicious food in a quiet street near Piazza Navona

The osteria is tucked away on a narrow little street, running just off the Via Dei Coronari (where we had our rental apartment). There are some tables outside, but we were pleased to have a spacious indoor table in one of the two rooms: it is a very romantic setting, with fresh flowers on the tables, and rows of wine bottles. Such a shame that it was a mother and daughter visit rather than with our respective partners!

For antipasti, I chose a seasonal zucchini flower dish – I would call it a timbale – delicious, although a closer reading of the menu might have shown me the cheese which I normally avoid. My daughter had a classic insalata caprese, with ‘the best mozzarella’ she had ever eaten. A basket of warm bread accompanied this, which we really should not have touched since it made us a little too full for the next course, but the brown bread in particular was too nice to ignore.

My daughter then had a rich prawn and asparagus risotto and I had rabbit cooked in tomato (very tender) served with a celeriac puree and a contorno of bitter chicory that I had ordered. The waitress was very concerned that we had not finished our main courses, but we explained we were just too full. Not so full that we could not manage the complimentary limoncello and small chocolate cakes that were brought with the bill. Together with a large glass of wine each (the wine list is very extensive, with many available by the glass – new bottles were opened for our choices) the bill came to 60 euros, which we though very good for the level of cooking.

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