photo credit: Saghar Setareh
Trattoria Penestri is in Ostiense, a modern residential neighborhood outside of Rome’s historic center where you can find more street art and apartment blocks than fountains and cobblestones. Trattoria Pennestri mirrors this Roman mix of tradition and newness. The menu always has carbonara, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe, along with the decidedly un-Roman seared duck breast with different seasonal sauces. For dessert, try the chocolate mousse, another rare sight on a Roman menu, with the unexpected addition of Sardinian pane carasau, rosemary, and sea salt. Come here for lunch under the umbrellas on the patio or for a candlelight dinner in the cozy dining room.