City Guide: Rome

By Maria Pasquale

La Torricella

A family run joint with seafood brought in fresh each day and pastas galore.

Despite a couple of exceptions, the traditional cooking of Rome is generally meat-based, especially in Testaccio, so finding good seafood can be a challenge. Step forward La Torricella where fresh fish arrives daily and where they definitely know how to bring out its best.

In business for over 40 years, the family-run trattoria keeps things easy with a menu featuring the day’s catch with simply-prepared dishes of unadulterated ingredients. Try an octopus salad to start then go for the specials, especially the generous portions of pasta which often include spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams) or the paccheri con totani (pasta with baby calamari) all washed down with a crisp glass of white–vino bianco. The dining room is simple too, but inviting with oil paintings of an old world Italy, display cases showcasing the fresh seafood, and long tables which allow for direct views of what everyone else is ordering.

Must try:
Daily Fish Specials
Local Seafood / Family-Run / Casual
Reservations: Yes, by phone
Hours: 12:30pm-3pm; 7:30pm-12am
Location: Testaccio
Address: Via Evangelista Torricelli, 2/12
Phone: 06 574 6311
  • Metro: Piramide
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