【Rome】The Hidden Small Trattoria, “Le Mani in Pasta”


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In Trastevere tucked away from the main tourist area in Rome, there are less restaurants, bars, and tourist roaming.

The place like this is definitely you should go to find local restaurants. Trastevere has many of them and the one I am recommending is Le Mani in Pasta.

It is small and hidden in the narrow street, however there is something you expect for Rome.

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The Ambience

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The place is very small and not so many tables are available. It gets easily packed and elbow to elbow. Hence I don’t recommend Le Mani in Pasta for the romantic dinner.

For the casual lunch or dinner, the vibes there is perfect to feel you are in Rome. From the table in the back, you can see the kitchen and the chef cooking, while from the tables at the mezzanine, you can look over people enjoying various dishes.

And you will notice most of patrons there are locals. They are regular customers and know chefs and waitress already. The casual conversation gets started instantly and it is definitely everyday in Rome.

The Fresh Ingredients

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They really care about ingredients they use. Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish to the egg, they all are guaranteed and fresh.

Their menu is based on especially seafood. Lobsters, live shrimp, grouper, sea bream, fraolini, tuna…etc. You will find a lot of options on the menu and the really fresh ingredients give rich savor to the dish.

They have a daily menu which highlights today’s freshest ingredient as well. Thus please do not miss the chalkboard.

The Recommended Pasta

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I am recommending 2 pastas here.

First one is Fettucine with fresh white truffles (It seems shown on the daily menu and the type of pasta may differ). When you order something with truffles, most of dishes have just flavor of truffles or few slices, which makes you feel fooled.

However,  Le Mani in Pasta live up to your expectation. The waitress slices truffles on the pasta in front of you, and pasta will get enough slices of truffle.

You can not miss it and be noted that pasta with truffles are ordered from 2 servings.

The second one is Fettuccine with bacon and ricotta cheese. This is simple and all about the cheese. The sprinkled ricotta cheese is very fresh and thick cut bacon is good as well.

Other Recommendations

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For the starter, please try Parma ham with buffalo mozzarella with/without melon. Ham and mozzarella perfectly match in your mouth and it is exactly the taste of Italy.

If you plus melon, it will be something new, however you will be surprised how they match each other.

If you would like to go for seafood, Mussels, clams and shrimp saute for starter and Grilled sea-bass for main are worth trying. And white wine have to be paired with them.

Additional Information

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1)Le Mani in Pasta is always packed with locals, that way make sure to make a reservation in advance. They accept it via call.

2)For smokers, they have a smoking room downstairs. But there are hardly people smoking, hence very hungry non-smokers may also opt for it.

3)The waitress speaks some English and they have both Italian and English menu.

4)There are wide options for meat lover as well. Fresh meat is not beaten by pasta and so tasty.

Restaurant Details

【Address】Via dei Genovesi, 37, 00153 Roma
【Opening Hours】12:30 – 15:00, 19:30 – 23:30
【Official Website】http://www.lemaniinpasta.net/