Daniele 'Lele' Usai was born on the Roman coast in Ostia and so it would seem seafood excellence was his birthright. He has stated on the record many times that much of his cooking technique has been... Read More
Daniele 'Lele' Usai was born on the Roman coast in Ostia and so it would seem seafood excellence was his birthright. He has stated on the record many times that much of his cooking technique has been inspired by his mother and grandmother. After experiences in Rome and even London, Usai opened Il Tino di Ostia in 2006 and in its current life, now riverside on the Nautilus Marina at Fiumicino (one of Rome's ports), Il Tino boasts a Michelin star and a bistrot called Quarantunododici (4112) - the shipping coordinates for the location, hence the influence for the chic nautical feel. It's here that Usai gets to flirt with a more casual style of dining and a format that is more dollar-accessible. Until recently only open for breakfast and lunch, from 27 February 2018 it opens its doors at dinner too. As with Il Tino and what you'd come to expect dining right at waters edge, the all day-dining venue has a creative, (yet here, not exorbitantly priced) seafood menu with a focus on high-end quality produce. Think tuna tartare with guacamole and lime or tempura fried calamari and prawns to start, divine spaghetti with shellfish to follow and a herb encrusted seafood mixed grill for main course. The versatile new format sees 4112 offer freshly baked pastries, teas and coffee in the morning and delectable seafood plates for the rest of the day (all with local renowned wines to match of course) - all with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on to the pretty Marina. So take a 40 minute drive from the center of Rome or visit when you're on that airport stopover stay (it's a 15 min drive from Leonardo da Vinci international airport) - whatever the reason really, just make it happen, because Usai's dishes and 4112's service and ambiance don't disappoint. Note: Il Tino is currently closed for renovations and will re-open (with a new separate entrance to 4112) on 16 March.